Bronx Councilman Andy King should be expelled, ethics panel says

The City Council’s ethics committee took the extraordinary step of recommending that Bronx lawmaker Andy King be expelled from office Tuesday after determining that he continued to misuse government resources and wantonly mistreated his staff.

It’s the third time in the last two years that the watchdog panel has probed and substantiated allegations of wrongdoing by King, a Democrat who was first elected in 2013.

“The Committee on Standards and Ethics found the charges against Councilmember King to have been substantiated and is recommending the sanction of expulsion to the full [City] Council,” said the committee chairman, Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island).

Matteo reported that his panel — essentially a grand jury for investigating violations of council ethics rules — charged King with four separate counts, including misusing government resources, violating anti-discrimination and harassment policies, and failing to comply with the terms of his prior reprimands.

The charges will be published Wednesday.

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