Com­mish, aides hit for travel


COR­REC­TION Com­mis­sioner Cyn­thia Brann and eight top staffers have reached set­tle­ments in the wake of a damn­ing probe that found they used city cars for per­sonal travel.

The city Con­flicts of In­ter­est Board re­vealed the agree­ments six months af­ter for­mer Com­mis­sioner Joseph Ponte re­signed over his role in the scan­dal.

Brann paid a $6,000 fine af­ter she was found to have used her city car to make 13 trips to shop­ping malls and three to Kennedy Air­port at a time when she was a deputy com­mis­sioner.

“At the time, I er­ro­neously be­lieved that I was al­lowed to use my DOC (Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tion) take-home ve­hi­cle for all per­sonal travel in case a DOC emer­gency re­quired my im­me­di­ate re­sponse and travel to a DOC fa­cil­ity,” she said, ac­cord­ing to a dis­po­si­tion re­leased Tues­day.

Brann ran afoul of the con­flicts board again when she en­listed a sub­or­di­nate to help her pay the fine.

Brann, of Queens, com­plained to an underling that it was dif­fi­cult for her to ob­tain a cer­ti­fied check or money order be­cause she didn’t have a New York bank ac­count.

The pair came up with a way around the prob­lem — she would write him a per­sonal check for the amount of the fine, and he would ob­tain a cashier’s check drawn from his per­sonal ac­count.

But Brann later ac­knowl­edged that such an agree­ment vi­o­lated a law pro­hibit­ing pub­lic ser­vants from us­ing their po­si­tions to ob­tain a per­sonal fa­vor from a sub­or­di­nate.

In ad­di­tion to her fine, Brann re­im­bursed the depart­ment $493 for the mileage in­curred and for­feited eight days of per­sonal leave — bring­ing the to­tal value of her penalty to $11,824.

A City Hall spokes­woman said Brann has the mayor’s full sup­port.

“The mayor is con­fi­dent in Com­mis­sioner Brann, and this is­sue has been ad­dressed at length,” said de Bla­sio spokes­woman Natalie Gry­bauskas.

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