JCOPE Settles Alleged Public Officers Law Violations with MTA Employee
Did Personal Business on State Time, Filed Inaccurate Disclosures

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.

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