When Mayor Eric Adams decided to appoint his brother, Bernard Adams, as head of his security detail, it attracted renewed attention to a small city agency charged with holding the conduct of city elected officials and employees to certain ethical standards: the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB).
When asked about the appointment, which comes with an annual salary of $210,000, Adams said his chief counsel, Brendan McGuire, is spearheading a review with COIB and that he would ultimately defer to whatever guidance they provide.
“It is up to COIB,” said Adams, pronouncing the initials as a monosyllabic moniker. He went on to stress, “My opinion doesn’t matter. It’s C-O-I-B, that’s the opinion that matters.”
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