Fwd: COIB Settlements Announced
From: Katherine Miller <KMiller@coib.nyc.gov>
Date: Thu, Dec 12, 2019 at 11:49 AM
Subject: COIB Settlements Announced
To: Katherine Miller <KMiller@coib.nyc.gov>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2019
CONTACT: Katherine Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 437-0741
The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the "Board") announces three settlements.
Use of City Time & Use of City Resources. A now-former Assistant Technology Evaluation Coordinator at the New York City Department of Education ("DOE") also owns and operates an interior design business. Over the course of five years, the Coordinator used her DOE computer to download and store more than 8,000 files for her interior design business and occasionally used a DOE photocopier to make copies for her business. In addition, at times when she was supposed to be performing work for DOE, the Coordinator made and received multiple business-related telephone calls on her personal cell phone and downloaded numerous business-related documents to her DOE computer. The City's conflicts of interest law prohibits public servants from using City time and City resources to perform work for a private business (City Charter Section 2604(b)(2); Board Rules Sections 1-13(a) and 1-13(b)). The Coordinator paid a $7,000 fine to the Board. The disposition is attached as "COIB Disposition (DOE)."
Use of City Time & Use of City Position. An Administrative Manager at the New York City Department of Transportation ("DOT"), serving as Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Permit Management and Office of Construction Mitigation and Coordination, also works as an Avon representative. Over the course of five years, at times when she was supposed to be performing work for DOT, the Administrative Manager tried to sell Avon products to her subordinates by placing catalogs on their desks, displaying Avon samples on her desk, and telling a subordinate which products were on sale. The Administrative Manager successfully sold a total of $775 in Avon products to four subordinates. The City's conflicts of interest law prohibits public servants from both attempting to sell and selling products to their subordinates (City Charter Section 2604(b)(3)), and from using City time to pursue private business ventures (City Charter Section 2604(b)(2); Board Rules Section 1-13(a)). In a joint disposition with the Board and DOT, the Administrative Manager paid a $1,500 fine to the Board. The disposition is attached as "COIB Disposition (DOT)."
Use of City Resources. A Sanitation Worker at the New York City Department of Sanitation ("DSNY") used a DSNY police placard to park his personal vehicle illegally on a street near his home. The Sanitation Worker had no work-related reason to have this placard, which was intended for use in a DSNY police vehicle. The City's conflicts of interest law prohibits public servants from using City resources for a personal, non-City purpose (City Charter Section 2604(b)(2); Board Rules Section 1-13(b)). In a joint settlement with the Board and DSNY, the Sanitation Worker agreed to serve a three-day suspension, valued at approximately $928. The disposition is attached as "COIB Disposition (DSNY)."
COIB is the independent, non-mayoral City agency charged with interpreting, administering, and enforcing the City's Conflicts of Interest Law, Annual Disclosure Law, Lobbyist Gift Law, Affiliated Not-for-Profits Law, and Legal Defense Trusts Law. The agency's jurisdiction extends to all City agencies and current and former officers, elected officials, and employees of the City, as well as lobbyists, not-for-profit organizations affiliated with elected officials or the agents of elected officials, and legal defense trusts with at least one public servant as a beneficiary and the trustees and beneficiaries of such trusts. Learn more about COIB and the law at nyc.gov/ethics.
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