Fwd: COIB Settlements Announced
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From: Katherine Miller <KMiller@coib.nyc.gov>
Date: Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 11:34 AM
Subject: COIB Settlements Announced
To: Katherine Miller <KMiller@coib.nyc.gov>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2019
CONTACT: Katherine Miller at email@example.com or (212) 437-0741
The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the "Board") announces two settlements involving prohibited ownership interests and appearances before the City by employees of the New York City Fire Department ("FDNY"). The City's conflicts of interest law prohibits regular employees from owning a company that has business dealings with any City agency (City Charter Section 2604(a)(1)(b)) and from communicating with the City on behalf of their private company (City Charter Section 2604(b)(6)).
(1) An FDNY Firefighter owned and operated a daycare that received subsidized child care reimbursements from the New York City Administration for Children's Services ("ACS") and was regulated by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ("DOHMH"). Over the course of approximately eight years, the Firefighter communicated with the City on behalf of the daycare by: (1) submitting 87 reimbursement claim forms to ACS; (2) sending a letter to ACS in response to a request for the daycare's records; (3) attending a meeting at ACS in connection with an audit of the daycare's records; and (4) appearing in person at an inspection of the daycare conducted by DOHMH. The Firefighter paid a $4,000 fine to the Board. The disposition is attached as "COIB Disposition (FDNY-1)."
(2) An FDNY Paramedic owned and operated a gourmet custard business, which had its desserts sold at three promotional events at the CityStore, a gift shop operated by the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services ("DCAS"). Over the course of approximately one year, the Paramedic communicated with the City on behalf of his gourmet custard business by: (1) exchanging emails with the CityStore manager to coordinate and secure participation in these promotional events; (2) distributing free samples to DCAS employees at the CityStore while being considered for these promotional events; and (3) attending two of the promotional events. In a joint settlement with the Board and FDNY, the Paramedic paid a four-day pay fine, valued at $1,079, to FDNY and an $800 fine to the Board. The disposition is attached as "COIB Disposition (FDNY-2)."
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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