• Coastal Flood STATEMENT in effect for:

  • Bronx, NY

'Fighting for my reputation': Councilman King denies allegations made by city council report

Posted: Updated:

Bronx Councilman Andy King publicly addressed new allegations from a City Council Ethics Committee Report for the first time on Saturday.

The report accuses King of retaliating against staffers, disorderly conduct, conflicts of interest and harassment while in office.

"I am fighting for my family's life and reputation," King said.

King was initially investigated because of a 2017 sexual harassment complaint, which eventually led to a second probe earlier this year.

The more than 40-page report alleges that the councilman tried to terminate staffers who cooperated with council investigators. It also accuses King of failing to stop an office supervisor from behaving in a threatening manner towards his staff.

King is also accused of misusing council resources to benefit him and his wife. The report also states that King told his staff that he disapproved of a gay pride march.

The councilman and his lawyer say the process has not been fair. On one occasion, King says he and an attorney were left waiting to speak to council investigators who never showed.

"To say Councilman King is not cooperating is misleading," says King's attorney Pamela Hayes.

Hayes says they will be in court Monday looking to delay the council's vote by filing an Article 78, which allows for the challenging of a city's agency's action or inaction.

Jennifer Fermino, the City Council's communications director, issued a statement to News 12:

“Council Member King has refused to take part in this process since day one, despite being afforded many opportunities to do so. It is unfortunate that he is going to the media to address the disturbing findings in the report after choosing not to speak to the independent prosecutor who handled the investigation. His refusal to participate, and retaliation against staff who did, undermined the process. The investigation was thorough and fair."

  • GalleriesMore>>

  • Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    Your April 2020 Super Pink Moon Photos

    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
    This week's Super Pink Moon is the biggest full moon of 2020. Did you see it? Share your photos with us.
  • Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    Your Breath of Fresh Air Photos

    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
    In these trying times, we can all use a breath of fresh air every once in a while. News 12 wants to see your scenic photos while you get your breath of fresh air.
  • PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    PHOTOS: The Impact of coronavirus around the world

    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    CoronavirusCoronavirus
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak.
    These photos capture scenes around the world as countries cope with the outbreak. 
sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."