COIB: Council Members May Give Public Money to Groups That Employ Relatives

The New York City Conflict of Interest Board has issued a ruling saying they’ll permit City Council members to direct discretionary money—known in the business as “member items”—to community groups that employ their family members.
The issue came to light last year immediately after it was discovered that the City Council for years had been holding millions of dollars in “holding codes” and later doling out the money to local groups, many of which employed spouses and siblings of council members.
“A Council Member may sponsor discretionary funding for an entity where the Member’s spouse, domestic partner, parent, child, sibling or other ‘associated’ person is a paid officer or employee only where it does not appear reasonably likely that the associated person will benefit from that funding,” the COIB wrote in their 20-page summary.

COIB: Council Members May Give Public Money to Groups That Employ Relatives