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Associate Staff Analyst Fined $3,000
For Using City Time and City Resources
To Work on Personal Books

The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (Board) and the
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
concluded a settlement with an Associate Staff Analyst who was also a writer
of fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of topics, books that he offers
for sale on his personal website. In 2012 and 2013, the Associate Staff
Analyst used City time and City resources to work on these books, including
working on drafts of the books and saving them to his DOHMH computer,
using his DOHMH computer and e-mail account to send and receive e-mails
containing drafts of the books, reading and storing research documents for
the books on his DOHMH computer, and having the DOHMH librarian
provide him with research materials for his books. The Associate Staff
Analyst admitted that his use of City time and City resources to perform
work on books he intended to publish for profit violated the DOHMH
Standards of Conduct and the Citys conflicts of interest law.

For these violations, the Associate Staff Analyst agreed to pay a
$3,000 fine, split evenly between DOHMH and the Board. Scroll down or
click here to view the public disposition in this case. All of the Boards
dispositions are available free of charge, in full-text searchable form, on the
website for the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School

Carolyn Lisa Miller, Director of Enforcement, handled this case for
the Board. Karrie Ann Sheridan, Deputy Director of the Employment Law
Unit, handled this case for DOHMH.

The Conflicts of Interest Board is the Citys ethics board and is charged
with interpreting and enforcing the Citys conflicts of interest, annual disclosure,
September 29, 2014

(212) 442-1419

Richard Briffault

Fernando Bohorquez
Board Member

Anthony Crowell
Board Member

Andrew Irving
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

J ulia Davis
Special Counsel &
Director of Annual

Alex Kipp
Director of Training &

Varuni Bhagwant
Director of

Derick Yu
Director of Information

2 Lafayette Street, Suite 1010
New York, New York 10007
(212) 442-1400
Fax: (212) 442-1407 TDD: (212) 442-1443

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with questions about the law is urged to contact the Board through its website or by calling (212) 442-

The Board does not comment on its dispositions, except as set forth above. For
additional public information about the Boards enforcement activitiesincluding summaries of
all prior enforcement dispositions and fines imposedvisit the Boards website: