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Press Release Disposition (Council)

Press Release Disposition (Council)

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Visit our home page at  
http://nyc.gov/ethics 
February 1, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFORMER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF TO COUNCIL SPEAKER, ANINDIVIDUAL WITH SUBSTANTIAL POLICY DISCRETION WITHINTHE MEANING OF THE C
ITY’S CONFLICTS OF I
NTEREST LAW,FINED $2,500 FOR SOLICITING CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE
SPEAKER’S RE
-ELECTION CAMPAIGN.
The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the “Board”)
concluded a settlement with a former Deputy Chief of Staff to the CityCouncil Speaker for soliciting contributions to the Speak 
er’s re
-electioncampaign. The Deputy Chief of Staff to the Council Speaker is an individual
with “substantial policy discretion” within the meaning of Chapter 68 of theCity Charter, the City of New York’s conflicts of interest law. Deputy
mayors, agenc
y heads, and other public servants with “substantial policydiscretion” are prohibited by the City’s conflicts of interest law from asking
anyone to make a political contribution for any candidate for City electiveoffice (such as City Council) or for any elected official of the City (such as aCity Council Member) who is a candidate for any elected office. (Thisprohibition does not apply to solicitations made by elected officialsthemselves.)In or around April 2007, the former Deputy Chief of Staff madebetween approximately six and twelve calls to union representatives to ask that they serve on the Host Committee for an event planned for labor unions
as part of the Council Speaker’s re
-election campaign. Serving on the HostCommittee would have required a contribution to the re-election campaign of the Council Speaker. The former Deputy Chief of Staff acknowledged thatshe violated the City
’s
conflicts of interest law, which prohibits an individualwith substantial policy discretion, such as she was at the time, from makingsuch solicitations on behalf of a City elected official or on behalf of acandidate for City elective office. The Board fined the former Deputy Chief of Staff $2,500. A copy of the disposition is attached.The Conflicts of In
terest Board is the City’s ethics board and is
responsible for enforcing Chapter 68 of the New York City Charter, the
City’s conflicts of interest law. The Board is composed of five members,
Steven B. Rosenfeld
Chair/Board Member 
 Monica Blum
 Board Member 
Angela Mariana Freyre
  Board Member 
Andrew Irving
 Board Member 
Burton Lehman
 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
Ute O’Malley
 
 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
 
 
appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council. Board penalties arecivil fines.
Public servants who have any questions about the City’s conflicts of interest law are
urged to contact the Board, which can be reached at (212) 442-1400.Carolyn Lisa Miller, Director of Enforcement, handled this case for the Board.The Board does not comment on Board dispositions, except as set forth above. Forcopies of any additional public documents, email miller@coib.nyc.gov.

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