a. Conflict of Interest(Emphasis added)
All Board members are required to comply with Section 74 of the Public Officers Law which governs conflicts of interests. Board members have been instructed to recuse themselves from any votes which may create a conflict of interest for them based on their outside activities, employment or business interests.
That's hardly convincing. The work of the board goes well beyond voting, as it encompasses what topics are given attention, or not. Lewis, former head of ACORN and now leader of The Black Institute, is one of the few people on the board with expertise in housing issues.
Last week, she hailed a "100% affordable" building with most units way too expensive for her longtime constituency, as I wrote. She called "Pacific Park buildings... a model for how to build housing and communities that reflect the diversity, in every way, of our City."
Stout pointed me to the Public Officers Law (excerpt), which includes boards of any public authority corporation, encompassing AY CDC:
No officer or employee of a state agency, member of the legislature or legislative employee should have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature, which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest.
... An officer or employee of a state agency, member of the legislature or legislative employee should not by his conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of his official duties.