The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) today announced that it has reached an agreement with a Metropolitan Transit Authority (“MTA”) employee to settle allegations of Public Officers Law violations related to outside activity and income.
In the settlement with the Commission, Mikhail Bershchanskiy, a Computer Specialist with the Manhattan & Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, admitted to violating Public Officers Law § 74(3)(d) in that between 2015 and 2019, he conducted personal business for his outside company while on State time. Bershchanskiy also agreed to amend his 2012-2014 financial disclosure statements (“FDS”). A separate resolution between Bershchanskiy and the MTA resulted in the loss of approximately $6,500 from a 30-day suspension without pay. As a result, the Commission did not seek an additional financial penalty.
The Commission coordinated with the MTA on an appropriate resolution and thanks the MTA Inspector General for its cooperation.