Adolfo Carrión Jr., the former Bronx borough president and White House official, who is now a federal housing official and is a potential candidate for city comptroller, has been fined $10,000 by the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board for using an architect on a personal renovation project who was also involved in a large housing development that required his approval.
The fine stems from events in 2006 and 2007, when Mr. Carrión, then in his second term as borough president, hired the architect, Hugo Subotovsky, to design a porch for his Victorian home on City Island in the Bronx. At the time, Mr. Subotovsky was the architect for Boricua Village, a proposed 679-unit complex in the Melrose neighborhood.
Mr. Carrión, 50, said in settlement papers (see below) that though he did not know at the time of Mr. Subotovsky’s involvement in the larger project, he knew that the architect had been involved in other projects that had come before him and that he “should have disclosed that private transaction to the board.”
He said he had hired Mr. Subotovsky at the recommendation of “my friend Peter Fine,” the developer behind Boricua Village.
In 2007, Mr. Carrión, a Democrat, recommended that the zoning change needed for Boricua Village, one of the largest taxpayer-subsidized developments in the Bronx, be approved.
He did not pay Mr. Subotovsky for his work on the City Island house until March 2009, after The Daily News asked him about it. Shortly after The Daily News published an investigative piece on his relationship with the architect — the hiring “was completely unrelated to my professional activities and entirely proper,” Mr. Carrión is quoted as saying in the article — Mr. Carrión received a bill from Mr. Subotovsky for $4,247.50. He said he paid it promptly.
In his settlement with the conflicts board, announced on Thursday, Mr. Carrión concedes that he caused the two-year delay in the billing for the work.
At the time of the Daily News investigation, Mr. Carrión had just been nominated to lead the Obama administration’s Office of Urban Affairs. He held the post until May 2010, when he returned to New York as the regional director for New York and New Jersey in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Recently, Mr. Carrión was reported to be seriously considering a bid for city comptroller. The current comptroller, John C. Liu, has been buffeted by a series of allegations of fund-raising impropriety.