Ken Fisher comments on New York City Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics recommendation to suspend Councilman Andy King in City & State New York. King has been charged with harassing and retaliating against staffers, disorderly conduct, and conflict-of-interest violations. The committee is recommending that King be suspended for 30 days, fined, removed from his committee assignments and that a monitor be placed in his office for the rest of his term. In the past, disciplinary actions for less severe infractions have stopped short of suspension, while more major ones were usually deferred until the outcome of criminal proceedings. Ken a former Council ethics committee share could not recall another instance of suspension.
“The council is all but guaranteed to adopt the committee’s recommendations,” said Ken. “It’s unlikely that they would have made the recommendation if it wasn’t something that the speaker was prepared to support,” Ken said.
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