Former Council member fined for ties to Brooklyn developer

Erik Dilan to pay $9K for renting apartment from landlord while voting for his projects

New York /
Jan.January 29, 2015 01:00 PM

Former City Council member Erik Dilan agreed to pay a $9,000 fine for failing to disclose his financial ties to Sergio Benitez, a Brooklyn affordable housing developer who has business before the Council.

Dilan began renting an affordable housing unit from Benitez in 2003. The city’s Conflict of Interest Board launched an investigation eight years later. The board found that Dilan broke city conflicts of interest law when he voted to approve three of Benitez’s affordable housing projects.

Dilan then requested and received a larger apartment from Benitez, according to the board’s findings cited by the New York Daily News.

“I acknowledge that, by voting at the City Council on resolutions benefiting my associate without disclosing that association and by soliciting and accepting an apartment in an income-restricted building for which I did not meet the restrictions from a developer with matters regularly before the City Council, I violated the city’s conflicts of interest law,” Dilan wrote in a settlement.

Benitez’s three affordable housing projects were sponsored by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. In 2013, Benitez was sentenced to 22 months in prison for accepting $200,000 in kickbacks from a contractor for a HPD-sponsored project. [NYDN]Mark Maurer


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
A rendering of 165 Broome Street (Credit: Handel Architects)
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
Nonprofit plans affordable housing development near Essex Crossing
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
All Falls Down: Kanye West’s “Star Wars”-themed affordable housing plan hits snag
Camber Property Group's Andrew Moelis and Rick Gropper with 2060 Pitkin Avenue in Brooklyn and 1971 and 1975 Grand Avenue in the Bronx (Photos via Camber Property Group, Omni New York)
Affordable housing developer Camber scoops up Section 8 portfolio
Affordable housing developer Camber scoops up Section 8 portfolio
33 Eastville Ave, Sag Harbor, NY (Google Maps)
East Hampton pursues affordable housing dev for former Baptist church
East Hampton pursues affordable housing dev for former Baptist church
Tishman Speyer president Rob Speyer and Edgemere Commons (Getty)
Tishman Speyer grabs bulk of Arker’s mammoth, delayed project
Tishman Speyer grabs bulk of Arker’s mammoth, delayed project
Investors continue to snatch up city’s multifamily, industrial assets
Investors continue to snatch up city’s multifamily, industrial assets
Investors continue to snatch up city’s multifamily, industrial assets
How long does it take to lease an affordable housing project? Too long
Red tape keeping affordable units empty for 15 months
Red tape keeping affordable units empty for 15 months
Attorney General of New York Letitia James and United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge (Getty)
State attorneys general call for eviction ban on subsidized renters
State attorneys general call for eviction ban on subsidized renters
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...