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City councilman won’t stop bad behavior despite charges, officials say

By Nolan Hicks
September 5, 2019 | 5:51pm

Councilman Andy King continued to retaliate against his staff and violate ethics rules following his indictment by the City Council’s ethics committee, officials alleged Thursday.

“It has come to our attention that that council member King has engaged in additional retaliatory behavior against staff members and additional Conflict of Interest violations,” charged Ethics Committee chairman Steve Matteo (R-Staten Island).

Matteo did not disclose Thursday’s vote tally. King’s next hearing is slated for Sept. 13.

With a two-thirds vote, the Council has the power to yank King’s committee assignments, impose a fine, censure or even expel the bow-tie wearing lawmaker.

The Ethics Committee added the new allegations to the four-count ethics indictment King already faces, which charges he violated the Council’s retaliation, disorderly conduct, conflict of interest and sexual harassment policies.

At an August hearing, Matteo revealed some of those charges stemmed from evidence that King, a Democrat, allowed his wife — Neva Shillingford-King, an executive vice president at Local 1199 SEIU — to harass a staffer and misuse “city resources” on numerous occasions.

The chairman also reported that King allegedly allowed an aide with “supervisory responsibilities repeatedly threaten a subordinate with violence” at work and office functions — and even commit “an act of violence” against the underling.

King’s office did not immediately respond to messages left at his downtown and district offices seeking comment.

It’s the second time in two years King ran afoul of Council rules. In 2018, he was ordered to get “sensitivity training” after the Ethics Committee found he paid “unwanted attention” to a female staffer.
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