Toronto's public service watchdog recommends stripping city councillor Giorgio Mammoliti 90 days worth of pay.
City Hall's Integrity Commissioner says a $500-per-plate fundraiser held for him last year is a violation of code of conduct regulations.
Janet Lieper finds Mammoliti violated Article 4 of the municipal code of conduct, accepting $80,000 in ticket sales as a 'gift' from the event management company.
Several hundred people attended the dinner and dance party in Woodbridge.
Allegations are Mammoliti's staff organized the the event during City work hours and that people and groups who lobby and do business with City Hall account for a significant portion of ticket sales.
"I don't believe I've breached any code of conduct, I don't believe my staff breached any code of conduct," says Mammoliti.
The councillor insists his staffers organized the party without his knowledge, while he was in hospital recovering from a recent surgery.
He goes on to say the event was of a 'personal nature' and was intended as a celebration of his recovery, and also as a means to recoup legal costs he's endured thanks to what he considers attacks by his political opponents.
Mammoliti announced in June that he would take the Integrity Commissioner to court, calling the investigation 'improper' and saying that the citizen's complaint that led the probe did not follow proper processes.
Municipal lawyer John Mascarin points out no matter the outcome of Mammoliti's protest, when it comes do doing work related to City Hall, the councillor is legally responsible for the actions of his staff.
He adds it is unusual for an Integrity Commissioner to recommend a suspension of pay of 90 days, the maximum penalty allowed.
"She is throwing the book ... saying 'of all the things you could have done wrong, this is probably one of the worst things you could have done,;" Mascarin says.
City council will vote on whether to suspend Mammoliti's pay at next week's meeting.