Former DOT Employee Agrees to Pay $10,000 for Violating Ethics Law

Former DOT Employee Agrees to Pay $10,000 for Violating Ethics Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2009
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                    518-408-3976

ALBANY — The State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that a former employee of the Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle charges that he violated the post-employment restrictions of the ethics law by illegally appearing before his former agency within two years of leaving State service. The Public Officers Law generally prohibits former State employees from appearing before or providing services to their former agencies within two years of leaving State service.

James Brunet currently is President of Excelsior Transportation Consultants, Inc. Previously, he was employed as an Intermodal Transportation Specialist at DOT. The Commission charged him with providing vehicle safety inspection services under contract to DOT on two purchase orders in 2006 and 2007.

The case was referred to the Commission by DOT.

Copies of the Notice of Reasonable Cause and the Disposition Agreement are attached.