CPI Charges President of SUNY Research Foundation with Ethical Violations

CPI Charges President of SUNY Research Foundation with Ethical Violations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2011

CONTACT: Walter C. Ayres
                     518-474-4418

ALBANY - The New York State Commission on Public Integrity today announced that there is reasonable cause to believe that John J. O'Connor, President of the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, violated several provisions of the State Code of Ethics by having the Foundation continue to employ Susan Bruno, daughter of then Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno, in a position for which she was not qualified, in which she performed little or no work and in which she rarely, if ever, came to the office, thereby violating the Foundation's telecommunicating policy and its practice with respect to other employees.

In a Notice of Reasonable Cause, the Commission stated: "The lack of any documents or testimony evidencing Ms. Bruno's duties on behalf of the [Foundation] coupled with the statements of the witnesses who all almost universally stated that they rarely ever saw Ms. Bruno at the office supports a determination that there is reasonable cause to believe that Ms. Bruno was afforded what amounted to a 'no-show job.'"

Pursuant to Executive Law §94(12)(b), a Notice of Reasonable Cause alleges a violation of the law, but is not a finding that the alleged violation occurred. Mr. O'Connor faces a civil penalty of $10,000 for violating Public Officers Law §74(3)(d). There is no civil penalty for violating Public Officers Law §§74(3)(f) and (h).

The Notice is available on-line at http://www.nyintegrity.org/enforcement/