The City Council’s Standard and Ethics Commitee will meet tomorrow behind closed doors as part of their ongoing invesetigation into Washington Heights councilman Ydanis Rodriguez’s so-called “touching incident.”
Last month, Rodriguez allegedly assaulted a member of the Council’s central staff during an argument about council budget negotiations. According to news accounts at the time, Rodriguez was angry about cuts to CUNY, cuts which he apparently was unaware were happening. Rodriguez chairs the council’s Higher Education committee.
According to Council rules, Rodriguez could face a range of sanctions from the Ethics Committee, including loss of a chairmanship, reprimand, censure, and expulsion, although Council sources say that option is unlikely. The committee could also decide that more closed-door hearings are necessary.
Council member Inez Dickens will chair tomorrow’s hearing. Tomorrow’s session will be the third one dedicated to investigating this matter.
Reached by phone, Rodriguez said he was unaware that the committee will be meeting tomorrow.
“As I said before, I respect the role that the committee has,” he said, before pausing and adding, “I have no comment on this. Let’s see what they are going to be addressing, but I have no comment.”