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Steven B. Rosenfeld ChairBourd Member Monica Blum Board Member Kevin B. Frawley Bourd Member Angela Mariana Frey Board Member Andrew leving Board Member Mark Davies Executive Director Wayne 6, Hawley Deprty Executive Director & General Counsel Jala Davis, Special Counset Director of Financial Disclosure Carolyn Lisa Miller Director of Enforcement Alex Kipp Director of Training & Education Lie O'Malley Director of Administration Derick Yu Director of Information Technology CITY OF NEW YORK CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BOARD 2 Lafayette Street, Suite 1010 New York, New York 10007 (212) 442-1400 Fax: (212) 442-1407 TDD: (212) 442-1443 ptember 15, 2008 IRST CLé Sara M. Gonvalez City Council 250 Broadway, 17" Floor New York, New York 10007 Re: Sara Gonzalez, C No. 2008-501 Dear Council Member Gonzalez: It has come to the attention of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board that while you were serving as a Member of the New York City Council, representing Council District 38 in Brooklyn, you wrote, and wused to be electronically signed, a letter dated May 27, 2008, to the vironmental Control Board, challenging a notice of violation issued to your personal residence and attempting to seek reconsideration thereof. This, letter was printed on your City Council letterhead, on which letterhead your City Council position is identified, and mailed in a City Council envelope. Chapter 68 of the New York City Charter (“Chapter 68), Section 2604(b)(2) states that “[nJo public servant shall engage in any business, transaction or private employment, or have any financial or other private interest. direct or indirect. which is in conilict with the proper discharge of his or her official dut Board Rules § 1-13(b) states that “it shalt be a violation of City Charter § 2604(b)(2) for any public servant to use City lettethead, personnel, equipment, resources, or supplies for any non-City purpose.” Here, you utilized City letterhead for the non-City purpose of handling a purely personal complaint in violation of Chapter 68. Moreover, by implicitly invoking your City Council position through your use of the letterhead, you also violated City Charter § 2604(b)(3), which states that “No public servant shall use or attempt to use his or her position as a public servant to obtain any financial gain, contract, license, privilege or other private or personal advantage, direct or indirect, for the public servant or any person or firm associated with the public servant.” Visit our home page at hup:inye.goviethies age at hup:tinye-g While the Conflicts of Interest Board has concluded that no further enforcement action is required in this matter under the particular circumstances presented here, itis issuing this public warming letter in order to provide guidance to other public servants in similar situations. This letter should be regarded as a formal reminder of the importance of strict compliance with the City’s conflicts of interest law, contained in Chapter 68 and the Board Rules. Precise compliance with these provisions avoids even the appearance of impropriety and helps to strengthen public confidence in City officials. In particular, public servants should use City lettethead only for City business, and should seek the guidance from the head of their agency and/or from the Conflicts of Interest Board if they have any questions about the propriety of the intended use. wrest kaw, please he the future, if you have any questions concerning she coniliets of contact the Conflicts of Interest Board staff at (212) 442-1400. Very truly yours, Foc B (afi Steven B. Rosenfeld Chair Thereby waive any right I may have to confidentiality and agree that the Board may make this document public. I represent that [ have entered into this agreement freely, knowingly, and intentionally without coerci and that I have had a full opportunity to consult with counsel of my choice. Jaspan Sete fan LLP AAtoney for Sara M. Gonzalez 300 Garden City Plaza Garden City, New York 11530