Gennaro Fined $2,000

James Gennaro, a Democratic City Councilman and likely candidate for state Senate, agreed to pay a $2,000 fine for asking a Council staff member to volunteer on his re-election campaign.

“Although I have no specific recollection of it now, I do not dispute that in 2003, I asked a member of my District Office staff on one occasion to volunteer for my 2003 re-election campaign,” Gennaro said in a letter to the city Conflict of Interest Board, which was released just now.

The letter also says, “I acknowledge that I should have known that a District Office computer, printer and paper were used on non-City time for the non-City purpose of composing and printing a campaign letter.”