A former official at the city’s Economic Development Corporation has been fined for accepting gifts worth thousands of dollars from a private contractor that worked on jobs under his supervision. The city’s Conflicts of Interest Board today announced that Nazir Mir, a former vice president for capital construction at the EDC, has been fined $11,500. The contractor Kiska Construction–a contractor on the High Line, a project Mr. Mir supervised–gave Mr. Mir’s son a free five-night stay at one of its hotels in Turkey worth about $4,000. Mr. Mir also accepted two meals worth more than $50.
According to a disposition from the COIB [see PDF here], Mr. Mir said he arranged for accommodation for his son on his honeymoon at a Kiska-owned hotel in Istanbul with the impression that his son would pay for the room.
Later, after the reservations were made, Kiska told him they would not charge his son. Mr. Mir said in the disposition that he told his son to still pay for the trip, though the front desk at the Turkey hotel refused to let him pay.