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02/07/2011 04:28 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, Fined For Conflict of Interest

Marty Markowitz usually makes headlines for his zany antics like riding a tricycle through a high school gym or composing a song about bike lanes.

But the Brooklyn Borough President has found himself in serious trouble when he was fined $2,000 by the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board.

Markowitz was fined because he used his Chief of Staff, Carlo A. Scissura, as his lawyer when he bought a home in 2009.

From City Room:

Papers released by the board on Monday say that when Mr. Markowitz asked Mr. Scissura to recommend a lawyer to handle the closing of his new home, Mr. Scissura suggested a woman, Leslie Lombard, who worked at his law firm.

Weeks before Markowitz was to close on his home, Lombard had a child and went on maternity leave. Scissura stepped in to represent his boss.

Lombard didn't send Markowitz a bill until after the Conflicts of Interest Board started investigating the matter.

"The borough president and his chief of staff both acknowledged that their conduct violated the City of New York's conflicts of interest law, which prohibits a public servant from entering into a business or financial relationship with the public servant's superior or subordinate," the Conflicts Board said in a news release.