City finance head resigns amid ethics probe
The citys finance chief resigned yesterday, two weeks after the mayor called for an investigation into her alleged ethical misconduct, including an affair with one of her staffers.
Martha Stark, 48, was caught employing three family members and dating former assistant commissioner Dara Ottley-Brown. Last month, she resigned from a real estate company that paid her $90,000 in 2007. Stark also faced scrutiny after she retained a parking judge who fudged his time sheets.
I want to thank Martha for her years of service, said Mayor Mike Bloomberg in a brief statement.
Randy Mastro, Stark's attorney, said she resigned to keep her private life private.
New York City has lost one of its finest public servants, Mastro said. Martha did nothing wrong here.Stark, who became the first black woman to run the department in 2002, received a salary $189,700. Her official last day is Friday, whereby Michael Hyman, a deputy finance commissioner, will be appointed as the acting department chief, according to a spokesman for the mayor.
The city wouldnt comment on how far the investigation has progressed.