Copyright 2008 - Journal News, The White Plains, NY - All Rights RevervedMOUNT VERNON - A political committee run by city Democratic Party chairwoman Serapher Conn-Halevi paid her and her daughter $20,000 last year, campaign financial disclosure records show.The money accounts for nearly 60 percent of all the cash spent by Conn-Halevi's committee, theChairwoman's Trust, since July 2006 - while only 3 percent went to political campaigns or charitablecauses, the records show.In addition, Conn-Halevi and two of her children last year earned nearly $150,000 from various publicsources, including her $5,000-a-month Mount Vernon parking violations contract and jobs her childrenheld with Mount Vernon and Westchester County.That does not include the fees that Conn-Halevi collected for evicting tenants in her capacity as MountVernon city marshal.Conn-Halevi declined to answer questions and said she would have her lawyer reply. She refused toidentify the attorney, who never contacted the newspaper.According to the state Board of Elections, committees such as the Chairwoman's Trust are legal, as longas the spending is tied to Conn-Halevi's role as party chairwoman.But government watchdogs say they are simply unregulated loopholes in state election law."This kind of nepotism always raises questions," said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common CauseNew York. "And paying yourself is not really what campaign funds are contributed for."The Chairwoman's Trust wasn't the only political committee paying Conn-Halevi and her daughter,Naomi Halevi, who is also the committee's treasurer.Westchester County Board of Elections records show that the two women collected an additional $10,984from the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee, which Conn-Halevi chairs.Since July 2006, the two committees paid $17,000 to Conn-Halevi's nephew, Erik Conn, or his graphicarts company. That company, eTech Live, received another $4,700 in work from the campaign of formerMount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis, a close political ally of Conn-Halevi.Conn, who designed the party's Web site and produced campaign fliers and brochures, said he would liketo think he was hired for his ability, not his relationship to his aunt."It took me a long time to show the politicians, even Serapher, that I did good work," he said.Naomi Halevi declined to comment when reached on Friday.She is a city employee who left a job in the recreation department last year to become a purchasing agentin the Department of Management Services.She is listed as the owner of the spacious California Road home where Conn-Halevi is registered to vote -county and city records show that she bought the home in 2001 for $375,000.