Waiver granted to Doctoroff on City projects

Former Deputy Mayor holds new position at Bloomberg LP. On January 11, 2008, Deputy Mayor Daniel L. Doctoroff left City Hall to become President of Bloomberg LP, which has a landlord-tenant relationship with Vornado Realty. On January 14th, First Deputy Mayor Patricia Harris sought a waiver from the Conflicts of Interest Board that would allow Doctoroff to continue to serve the City as an unpaid adviser for PlaNYC 2030, Moynihan Station, Queens West, and as a member of the Hudson River Park Trust and Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation.

With respect to Moynihan Station, Vornado and the Related Companies formed a joint venture to work with the State and City on the project. 4 CityLand 154 (Nov. 15, 2007). Harris claimed that negotiations with Vornado’s joint venture are at a “critical juncture,” but should conclude within a matter of months with Doctoroff’s assistance. She proposed that once Doctoroff brings the negotiations to an end, he then recuse himself for a year from any matter pertaining to Vornado and Moynihan Station. Harris also proposed that Doctoroff recuse himself from the current negotiations for additional office space between Bloomberg LP and Vornado.

The Board granted the waivers, noting that Harris sufficiently demonstrated that Doctoroff’s continued involvement, in an uncompensated capacity, on these City matters would further the City’s purposes and interests. The Board allowed Doctoroff to continue his Moynihan Station negotiations with Vornado’s joint venture, but only for a limited period, until June 30, 2008.

Doctoroff, COIB Case No. 2008-035 (Mar. 20, 2008). CITYADMIN

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