The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) today announced that it has settled with the former president of SUNY Downstate Medical Center for a violation of the Public Officers Law.
John F. Williams, Jr., who led the state academic medical center from 2012 until his resignation in June 2016, agreed to pay a $3,000 fine and admitted that he used his position and his state credit card in July 2014 to pay for a portion of what turned into a personal trip to Bermuda.
Mr. Williams’ travel was originally slated to include a business-related conference, as well as a birthday celebration for an executive of a contracted vendor of SUNY Downstate. The conference was ultimately cancelled, but a charge for airfare was nonetheless made to his state-issued credit card. After the charge was discovered as part of an audit by the Office of the State Comptroller, Williams reimbursed the state for the cost of the airfare.