Ethics Violations of New York City Transit Assistant Chief Officer

MTA/OIG #2013-17

We received an anonymous complaint alleging that for years a managerial employee in NYC Transit’s Department of Subways, Maintenance of Way Engineering, has been running a private engineering business on agency time and using agency equipment, and has been assisted in that business by a subordinate employee.

We found that the manager, a long-time employee, had incorporated a private engineering business in 2003, failed to request and obtain approval from the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) in order to continue his dual employment / outside activity as required by MTA ethics policy and state regulations.

We found further that the manager violated other ethical obligations as well and by his actions also induced his subordinates to commit violations of their own. The manager was suspended without pay and eventually resigned. Following our referral to JCOPE, the manager admitted violating the New York State Public Officers Law and agreed to pay a fine.