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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

Nicholas Scoppetta Chair/Board Member Anthony Crowell 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 Annual Disclosure Alex Kipp Director of Training & Education Varuni Bhagwant Director of Administration Derick Yu Director of Information Technology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2014

CONTACT: Carolyn Lisa Miller (212) 442-1419 miller@coib.nyc.gov

PRINCIPAL FINED $4,500 FOR ACCEPTING TWO FREE INTERNATIONAL TRIPS FROM HIS SUBORDINATE
The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (Board) and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) concluded a settlement with a Principal who traveled abroad twice with his subordinate, a School Aide: to Greece in 2011, and to Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Croatia in 2012. The School Aide paid in full for both trips, a total of $10,829.90. The Principal acknowledged that his conduct violated the Citys conflicts of interest law, which prohibits City employees from using their City positions to obtain a personal benefit, and agreed to pay a $4,500 fine to 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 (www.CityAdmin.org). The Board took the occasion of this settlement employees that accepting a gift from their subordinates customary value on special occasions, such as wedding adoption of a child will violate the Citys conflicts of detailed in the Boards Advisory Opinion No. 2013-1. to remind City except a gift of or the birth or interest law, as

Carolyn Lisa Miller, Director of Enforcement, handled this case for the Board. Laura Hemans Brantley, Deputy Counsel to the Chancellor, handled this case for DOE. The Board gratefully acknowledges the work of its confidential investigative arm, the New York City Department of Investigation (DOI), Acting DOI Commissioner Victor Olds, Special Commissioner of Investigation for the New York City School District (SCI) Richard J. Condon, and SCI Investigator Vincent Lee, who handled the investigation.
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The Conflicts of Interest Board is the Citys ethics board and is charged with interpreting and enforcing the Citys the conflicts of interest, annual disclosure, and lobbyist gift laws. For more 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 additional public information about the Boards enforcement activitiesincluding summaries of all prior enforcement dispositions and fines imposedvisit the Boards website: www.nyc.gov/html/conflicts/html/units/enforcement.shtml.