De Blasio Nominates Two Members to Conflicts of Interest Board

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio. (Photo: Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio today nominated two new members to the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board.

Mr. de Blasio tapped Fernando Bohorquez, a partner in the law firm Baker Hostetler LLP, and Richard Briffault, a law professor at Columbia Law School, to serve on the board. The nominations must be confirmed by the City Council.

“This work takes deep expertise in the law, but it also takes character and social conscience. Fernando and Richard are each extraordinary leaders and advocates for the public interest,” Mr. de Blasio said in a statement. “They are committed to fairness and to protecting the people of this city. I have no doubt they will ensure this government lives up to the highest standards.”

Members of the Conflicts of Interest Board–the agency tasked with overseeing the ethical conduct of public employees–serve staggered 6-year terms, and these two nominees would serve alongside three current members, if confirmed. Mr. Briffault would serve as the board’s new chair.

In making the nominations, Mr. Blasio touted the backgrounds of the two men. A longtime litigator, Mr. Bohorquez has been active in various Latino and social justice-related causes. Mr. Briffault, an authority of campaign finance law and government ethics, also serves as vice chair of Citizens Union, a good government group. 

“We will work hard every day to make sure we set the highest bar for this city’s public servants,” Mr. Briffault said.

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