Friday, October 25, 2013

Boston Mayor Will Work at Harvard University, Uh, Will Not Work At Harvard University

Posted October 22, 2013 9:10 PM ET; Last updated October 25, 2013 5:26 PM ET

[From article]
On Tuesday morning, The Boston Herald reported a potential conflict-of-interest with Menino’s job offers from the University, taking issue with the recent approval of a multibillion dollar plan for Harvard redevelopment in Allston by a board of officials who Menino appointed.

So a potential conflict of interest exists for Boston Mayor Thomas Menino because of appointments he made of persons that are still in place approving Harvard University's development interests. But it is not a potential conflict of interest for the former, Cambridge City Manager (for 31 years) Robert Healy, now employed at Harvard University's prestigious JFK School of Government? Mr. Healy appointed all of the Cambridge boards and commissions which still approve Harvard University's development interests in Cambridge. Is this one more example of laws being optional for Harvard University and for Cambridge officials?

Menino Will Not Work for Harvard after Serving as Mayor
By Sonali Y. Salgado,
October 22, 2013

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[From article]
“This is the grist for the mill for the state Ethics Commission,” said former state Inspector General Gregory W. Sullivan, now the research director at the Pioneer Institute.
“I think it’s a big problem whenever a public official, especially a high-ranking public official, lands at a business or institution over which they had tremendous financial decision-making regulatory power just weeks earlier,” Sullivan added. “But ultimately it’s up to the Ethics Commission to make a decision, looking at the facts and circumstances.”

Menino’s Harvard offer may be conflict of interest
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
By: Richard Weir
Boston Herald

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