A finance director for the city’s Housing Preservation and Development Department interviewed for and accepted a job with a politically-connected Brooklyn non-profit while considering a development application submitted to the city by the same entity.
Jonathan Beuttler was serving as HPD’s director of Mixed Income Programs in its New Construction Finance Division in 2016 and 2017 when he sat on a review committee for a Queens development that Riseboro Community Partnership sought to win, the city Conflicts of Interest Board revealed Tuesday.
Beuttler failed to recuse himself despite the fact that he was in talks with to Riseboro about a job as its director of real estate development.
He began discussing a job with the non-profit in February 2017, continued those discussions over his HPD email address and a month later accepted an offer.
The application in question, for a development in Hunter’s Point South, came from Gotham Organization, which listed Riseboro Community Partnership as a member of its team.
As part of an agreement with the conflicts board, Beuttler admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay a $4,000 fine.
4,000 bucks, the cost of networking yourself while serving taxpaying citizens.