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COIB Press Release & Disposition (DOE)

COIB Press Release & Disposition (DOE)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Carolyn Lisa MillerAugust 22, 2012 (212) 442-1419FORMER NETWORK LEADER FINED $4,000FOR ATTEMPTING TO CAUSE A SCHOOLPRINCIPAL TO HIRE AND RETAIN HIS WIFEFOR A TEACHING POSITION
The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the “Board”) and theNew York City Department of Education (“DOE”) concluded a settlementwith the former Network Leader of the Children First Network #208 (“CFN#208”) who used his position with the DOE to obtain an advantage for hiswife. As part of his official DOE duties, the Network Leader was responsiblefor providing operational and instructional support to DOE principals withinthe CFN #208 Network. The former Network Leader admitted that, in oraround February 2011, while assisting a Principal within his network toprepare for a New York State Education Department Title 1 Audit, hediscussed his wife’s qualifications for an open teaching position at thePrincipal’s school with the Principal with the intent of causing his wife to behired for the position, which she was. Furthermore, the former Network Leader admitted that, in or around June 2011, after being informed by thePrincipal that his wife’s position at the school would be excessed due tobudgetary constraints, and with the intent of causing the Principal to retainhis wife in her position at the school, the Network Leader directed asubordinate staff member to inform the Principal that his wife’s positioncould not be excessed.The former Network Leader acknowledged that his conduct violatedthe City’s conflicts of interest law, which prohibits a public servant fromusing or attempting to use his or her position to obtain any private or personaladvantage for himself, or for any person with whom the public servant isassociated. A copy of the disposition is attached here.All of the Board’s dispositions are available free of charge, in full-text searchable form, on thewebsite for the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School.(www.CityAdmin.org). Dave Jaklevic, Assistant Counsel for Enforcement, handled this casefor the Board. Theresa Europe, Deputy Counsel to the Chancellor, handled
Steven B. Rosenfeld
Chair/Board Member 
 Monica Blum
 Board Member 
Andrew Irving
 Board Member 
Burton Lehman
 Board Member 
Erika Thomas-Yuille
 Board Member 
____________Mark Davies
 Executive Director 
Wayne G. Hawley
 Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel
Carolyn Lisa Miller
 Director of Enforcement 
Julia Davis
Special Counsel & Director of Financial Disclosure
Alex Kipp
 Director of Training & Education
Varuni Bhagwant
 Director of  Administration
Derick Yu
 Director of InformationTechnology
 
CITY OF NEW YORKCONFLICTS OF INTEREST BOARD
2 Lafayette Street, Suite 1010New York, New York 10007(212) 442-1400Fax: (212) 442-1407 TDD: (212) 442-1443
 
 
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this matter for DOE. The Board gratefully acknowledges the work of its confidentialinvestigative arm, the New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”), DOI CommissionerRose Gill Hearn, Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District(“SCI”) Richard J. Condon, and SCI Investigator Marie Zolfo, who handled the investigation.The Conflicts of Interest Board is the City’s ethics board and is charged with interpretingand enforcing the City’s conflicts of interest, financial disclosure, and lobbyist gift laws. Formore information about the Board, visit: http://nyc.gov/ethics.Anyone with questions about the law is urged to contact the Board through its website or by calling (212) 442-1400.The Board does not comment on its dispositions, except as set forth above. For additionalpublic information about the Board’s enforcement activities—including summaries of all priorenforcement dispositions and fines imposed—visit the Board’s website:www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/html/units/enforcement.shtml 

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