Former State Employee to Pay $8,000 for Ethics Law Violations

Former State Employee to Pay $8,000 for Ethics Law Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 1, 2010
CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                     518-474-4418

ALBANY -- A former employee of the State Office of Real Property Services (ORPS) has agreed to pay the State Commission on Public Integrity $8,000 to settle charges that he violated the State's ethics law when he appeared on four occasions before his former agency within two years of leaving State service.

Bruce W. Sauter, a Chief Information Officer for ORPS prior to leaving State service, was charged with appearing before his former agency on four occasions between October 12, 2006 and February 1, 2007. The Commission had alleged that Mr. Sauter sought and received access to information from his former agency that was not normally available to the public.

The matter was referred to the Commission by the Office of the State Inspector General. Barry Ginsberg, Executive Director of the Commission, thanked OSIG for its assistance throughout the course of the investigation.

The Notice of Reasonable Cause and Disposition Agreement are available on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/