- Last Updated: 12:28 PM, May 6, 2012
- Posted: 12:55 AM, May 6, 2012
INSIDE CITY HALL
See no evil. Hear no evil. Read no evil.
The Department of Investigation has chronicled multiple abuses committed by former Finance Commissioner Martha Stark in a scathing 111-page report that also raises questions about the behavior of several of her subordinates.
One has since retired, but four others remain on the city payroll as if nothing ever happened.
“Each of these individuals gave sworn testimony to DOI that was inconsistent with statements and e-mails that were made by themselves and others,” the DOI reported.
Dara Ottley-Brown, who had a romantic affair with Stark, left her senior Finance Department post in 2006 to become a commissioner at the Bureau of Standards & Appeals, thanks to Stark’s recommendation.
Ottley-Brown is still there, earning more than $151,000 a year.
Galia Galansky was hired as the $130,000-a-year director of human resources at the Department of Information Telecommunications & Technology in May 2011 even after, sources said, investigators cautioned then-Commissioner Carole Post that she was ensnared in the Stark mess.
The DOI reported that Galansky, while at Finance, had given $14,000 in raises over five months to another of Stark’s lovers at the agency. Galansky told investigators the increases amounted to “a couple thousand” dollars and that Stark had no role.
The DOI was concerned enough about her account to list Galansky among those deserving further scrutiny.
Rochelle Patricof, Stark’s top aide, took a demotion to a $115,000 job when Stark left in 2009 and she remains at Finance.
Lisa Opal Jones, who was an assistant commissioner at Finance, told investigators Stark wasn’t involved in her hiring of Stark’s half-brother and niece. DOI found evidence to the contrary. Jones landed at the Law Department and has since left for another city agency.
No further actions have been taken against any of Stark’s ex-aides as a result of the DOI’s latest findings.
As The Post reported last week, Stark herself is ensconced at Baruch College, where officials say they have no intention of removing her as a $103,285 distinguished lecturer.
Stark portrayed herself as the victim on her Twitter account in a March 2011 posting.
“Didn’t know the times of the inquisition had returned,” she wrote. “NYCDOI — inquisitors with no due process. Accountable to no one.”