Mayor de Blasio Feb. 3 announced his nominations for two seats in the Conflicts of Interest Board—Nisha Agarwal, who worked to boost voter registration as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor, and Wayne Hawley, who previously worked for the Board for 18 years.

The City Council must approve the nominees, who if approved will start April 1.

‘Two of the Best’

“These two appointees are some of the best public servants New York City has to offer,” the Mayor said in a statement. “If confirmed, I am confident they will uphold the highest standards of ethics and good governance, and continue in the great service done by their predecessors, Richard Briffault and Erika Thomas.”

Mr. Briffault has served as Chair of the board since 2014. Mr. de Blasio is expected to announce that board member Jeffrey Friedlander will fill that post.

The Board is made up of five members serving six-year terms. It enforces the city’s Conflicts of Interest Law and can impose civil fines of up to $25,000 per violation.

‘Things I Believe In’

Mr. Hawley worked as the board’s General Counsel until he retired in 2017. He said that he looked forward to “once again serving the city.”  

“The board’s role in promoting public confidence in government and protecting the integrity of government decision-making are things I truly believe in,” he said in a statement.

Ms. Agarwal, who has also served as the city Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, stated that if confirmed, she would ensure that “the city will retain integrity and fairness to all city employees.”


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