A Brooklyn lawmaker as of late transformed her chamber office intoan outpost for activists with the Democratic Socialists of America, a move critics say may have violated city law.
City Councilwoman Alexa Avilés met with DSA individuals from southern Brooklyn at her Sunset Park district office.
The DSA, whose leading voices incorporate Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, supported Avilés’ effective bid for council the year before.
State Assemblywoman Marcela Mitaynes – who recognizes as a majority rule communist, as does Avilés – tweeted Saturday about the gathering and incorporated a photograph with DSA individuals. attended the gathering in Aviles’ office.
“With @alexaforcouncil and individuals from the South Brooklyn DSA branch reconsidering job Socialist electeds can play to physically improve and inspire the states of all working-class people in Sunset Park, Red Hook and Bay Ridge,” Mitaynes composed.
The city Conflict of Interest Board regulation states, “City workers may not utilize any City time or City assets (counting a City PC, email record or telephone) for any political reason.”
A City Hall source asserted the gathering violated the law.
“It would resemble running your re-appointment crusade from your administration office. You can’t do that,” the source said. “Morals rules say you want to keep legislative issues and government independent.”
Avilés gave an assertion excusing the statement. She demanded that she and the gathering examined strategy issues, not battling.
“I view the City’s conflicts rules exceptionally in a serious way and could never direct constituent mission exercises from my area office,” Avilés composed.
“A meeting of nearby occupants who are on the same page or disciples to a political way of thinking isn’t an infringement of Chapter 68. Nor is it an infringement on the off chance that such gatherings concern sorting out around focal issues, approaches and services for the community.”