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NYC ethics panel fines 3 city employees over misuse of jobs

New York City’s ethics panel has fined three city employees for misusing their jobs for personal gain, including Queens’ public administrator, who processes estates of people who die without wills or heirs. That official, Lois Rosenblatt, hired her son’s then-girlfriend for a job in the office, supervised her once the two got engaged and gave her a discretionary pay raise.

Rosenblatt was fined $3,000, according to a disposition she signed that was released by the panel, the Conflicts of Interest Board.

Also punished was an assistant principal at P.S. 30 in the Bronx who dispatched a school volunteer at least 14 times to pick up her grandchild from a preschool in Harlem, and used the volunteer for baby-sitting. The assistant principal, Maria Martinez, paid a $2,000 fine.

The third is a worker for the Administration for Children’s Services, the city’s child welfare agency, who invoked her job title during a court proceeding for “an associated family member’s family court case.” She also accessed a confidential abuse and maltreatment database to find out about the status of a family member’s case. The worker, Nicole Campbell, was ordered to serve a six-day suspension, which cost her $1,339.

Reached by phone Wednesday evening, Rosenblatt declined to comment, pointing to the settlement she signed with the board before hanging up: “I’m not discussing it further. Thank you very much. Bye.”

The other two could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

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