The Department of Finance also oversees the New York City Sheriff’s Office , which serves as the City’s chief civil law enforcement agency. There’s nothing to stop shady politicians from opening never-ending electioneering accounts or setting up secretive 501(c)(4) organizations to violate the spirit of campaign finance regulations. In examples that were noted by The New York Times, sometimes a municipal official would also concurrently hold a state-level office. It’s not known why Councilmember Mark-Viverito resigned her position, if other elected officials hold a publicly-elected office at the same time when they serve as a District Leader.
But in Councilmember Mark-Viverito’s case, she is holding what she considers two simultaneous offices : a seat on the City Council subject to a city campaign finance regulations and a leadership post on the same City Council, which is not subject to any city campaign finance regulations. Financial Examiners need a Bachelor’s degree in accounting, economics, finance or a very similar field.
Although a District Leader is still publicly elected by members of that political party during that political party’s primary race, a District Leader is not a government office. A search for Councilmember Mark-Viverito’s name with state campaign finance regulators showed no state campaign finance account for her District Leader race. The list, which featured some big name property developments, sent shock waves through the Dubai property industry.
What Councilmember Mark-Viverito seeks to do is to create a backdoor that will allow politicians to treat leadership posts as further elected offices that are separate from the underlying elected office that first permitted a politician the privilege, but not the right, of serving the public. Furthermore, Mayor de Blasio seems to be allowed to set up 501(c)(4) advocacy groups that work in tandem with City Hall without question from the city or state campaign finance regulators.
Given the Super PAC’s close association with the mayor, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that the Campaign Finance Board would levy a proverbial slap on the wrist when the target of an investigation is connected to the mayor. The position of Financial Examiner is on the list of the Top 10 Hottest Jobs predicted for the future by the US Federal Government.