October 27, 2016
|
Albany, NY

JCOPE Settles with Former MTA Employee Over Public Officers Law Violations

JCOPE Settles with Former MTA Employee Over Public Officers Law Violations
Used Authority Personnel, Resources, and Equipment for Unauthorized Outside Work

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics (“Commission”) today announced that it has reached a settlement agreement, including a $4,000 fine, with a former employee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) over multiple violations of Public Officers Law.

Ritchie Tyson worked for New York City Transit (“NYCT”) for about 30 years, and was Senior Director in Capital Programs Management before he resigned late last year. He left the MTA after NYCT began investigating allegations that he was engaged in unauthorized outside activities, and utilized his subordinates in connection with those activities, during NYCT work hours.

Under the settlement agreement, Tyson admitted to failing to get approval for his outside business activities, and to failing to disclose those activities, his outside income, and certain related information in his annual financial disclosure statements. He also admitted that for at least three years, he used NYCT resources to engage in outside business activities, including using NYCT employees to prepare invoices and estimates for an outside home repair business, and that he himself used agency resources and equipment to engage in outside business activities.

“The Public Officers Law governs the behavior of state officials and employees while carrying out their official duties. Mr. Tyson clearly disregarded the law and violated the public’s trust,“ said Commission Executive Director Seth H. Agata.

The MTA referred the Tyson matter to the Commission for its consideration.

Contact Communications and Public Information Office

The Communications and Public Information Office is the point of contact for the public and members of the press with questions about JCOPE's mission and to request access to records such as the financial disclosure statements filed by state officials and employees, the statewide elected officials, members of the Legislature and legislative employees. 

Contact us by phone:

Direct Line  518-486-7842
Main Line  518-408-3976

Contact us by email:

Mailing Address:

New York State

Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway

Albany, NY 12207