A former lobbyist for New York City was fined $12,000 for appearing before his old colleagues within one year of leaving his job for the private sector.
The city’s Conflict of Interest Board fined Anthony Piscitelli, who was the director of Michael Bloomberg’s Office of State Legislative Affairs. He worked there from 1998 (under Rudy Giuliani).
In a written statement, Piscitelli said, “I sent numerous emails to public servants at the Office of the Mayor, including a Deputy Mayor and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations” about “numerous items pending or prospective legislation of interest to several different clients.”
Asked for comment, Bloomberg spokesman Stu Loeser emailed: ” “While Mr. Piscitelli’s actions after he left City government were not consistent with the conflicts law, when he contacted the Mayor’s Office he didn’t get any special treatment, and only received information that was available to any other member of the public.”