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STATE OF NEW YORK
STATE ETHICS COMMISSION
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
Albany, New York 12210
 

Notice of Reasonable Cause
Disposition Agreement


IN THE MATTER OF
JEFFREY LOVELL,
A FORMER SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
WITH THE EXECUTIVE CHAMBER.

 


NOTICE OF REASONABLE CAUSE

Pursuant to Executive Law §94(12)(a), the New York State Ethics Commission (“Commission”) has determined that there is reasonable cause to believe that you violated Public Officers Law §73(5), when you accepted gifts in the form of basketball tickets from Syracuse University (“SU”), an entity which had matters before the Executive Chamber and with which you regularly interacted in carrying out your official duties.

On or about February 15, 2003, you accepted a ticket to a basketball game from SU valued at $20.00. On or about March 28 and 30, 2003, you accepted a gift of two tickets to the NCAA Eastern Regional games from SU worth $60.00 each for a total of $120.00. The total value of the gifts received by you from SU in 2003 was $140.00.

At the time you accepted the above gifts, SU had matters before the Executive Chamber in which you were personally involved in carrying out your official duties.

As required by law, a copy of this notice is retained by the Commission for public inspection. Please be advised that an individual who, following a hearing, is found to have knowingly and intentionally violated the provisions of Public Officers Law §73(5) shall be subject to a civil penalty in an amount not to exceed ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for each violation or the matter may be referred to the appropriate prosecutor and punished as a class “A” misdemeanor pursuant to Executive Law §94(13).

Dated: May 2, 2007 By: ______________________
Suzanne M. Dugan
Acting Executive Director
New York State Ethics Commission

 


IN THE MATTER OF JEFFREY LOVELL,
FORMER SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR,
WITH THE EXECUTIVE CHAMBER

Disposition Agreement


 

STATE ETHICS COMMISSION
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
Albany, New York 12207

______________________________________


IN THE MATTER OF JEFFREY LOVELL,
FORMER SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR,
WITH THE EXECUTIVE CHAMBER

______________________________________

1. This Agreement between the New York State Ethics Commission (“Commission”) and Jeffrey Lovell (“Lovell”), a former senior policy advisor with the Executive Chamber (“Chamber”), shall be considered the final disposition of the allegation of violation(s) of Public Officers Law §73(5) described in the Notice of Reasonable Cause (“Notice”) issued by the Commission on May 2, 2007, and attached hereto.

2. In consideration of the Commission's agreement not to proceed further with enforcement proceedings, Lovell admits to violating the Public Officers Law as set forth in the Notice, and agrees to pay $280 to the Commission within thirty days following execution of this Agreement. Payment shall be made by bank or certified check made payable to the State Ethics Commission. Fulfillment of this agreement shall terminate enforcement proceedings.

3. Lovell agrees that he shall not seek or accept, directly or indirectly, reimbursement or indemnification from any source, or payment made pursuant to any insurance policy, with regard to any amounts that Lovell pays pursuant to this Agreement.

4. Lovell further agrees that he shall not claim, assert, or apply for a tax deduction or tax credit with regard to any federal, state, or local tax for any amounts that Lovell pays pursuant to this Agreement.

5. Lovell agrees that he will, in all respects, abide by the terms of Public Officers Law §73(5).

6. Lovell agrees that neither he nor his agent will issue any public statement denying, directly or indirectly, the factual allegations in the Notice or creating the impression that the Notice is without factual basis.

7. It is understood and agreed that this Agreement is not confidential, and that the Commission reserves the right to make public the agreement and its terms.

8. If payment in full is not received within thirty days, or if Lovell violates any of the terms of this Agreement, the Commission may declare this Agreement null and void, and proceed to a hearing as if it had not been executed, or, in its discretion, pursue collection of the $280 payment provided for herein.

9. Once executed and delivered by both parties, the provisions of this Agreement shall constitute a legally binding agreement between the Commission and Lovell. This Agreement may not be amended by either party, except by a writing duly executed and delivered by both parties hereto.

10. Lovell waives any and all legal rights to challenge this final action and disposition in court, and further agrees to specifically refrain from commencing a CPLR Article 78 proceeding against the Commission, any State officer or employee or any public body based upon this matter.

 

 

________________________________                          _____________________________
Jeffrey Lovell                                                                  State Ethics Commission by
Date: May 3, 2007                                                        Suzanne M. Dugan
                                                                                               Date: May 3, 2007

 

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