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Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti in Violation of Code of Conduct

Integrity Commissioner finds $5,000 a table dinner contravened Code of Conduct.

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.

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  1. Dawn posted on 07/03/2014 12:38 PM
    Didn't OHIP pay for his health care? This is suspicious given the involvement of lobbyists! Last month he was complaining about Parkdale and didn't mention that he didn't like the Dance Parties because it was competing against MUZIK night club which has lobbied Mammo
  2. Herry posted on 07/03/2014 01:19 PM
    Whaddaya know, a corrupt Italian ! Who'd have ever thought ?!
    1. sam posted on 07/03/2014 02:15 PM
      @Herry what a city council we have! a corrupt Italian, a corrupt stoner/alcoholic manjacake mayor in name only. good grief
  3. Give the Money Back posted on 07/03/2014 01:57 PM
    Maybe it's just me, but when I read that a politician has accepted a "gift" of money, my first thought is "BRIBE"! Funny how the optics didn't bother Mammoliti. One would expect better political instincts from a guy who's been on the public teat most of his adult life.
    1. dama posted on 07/03/2014 02:36 PM
      @Give the Money Back Optic is not good but this is no different that Justin Trudeau charging $15, 000 for a speech..

      The dinner is in honour of Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti and one pays $500 for a ticket and you think there will not be PROFIT ? .. obviously there will be so the guest of honour pockets the money..

      Lucky it is not ROB FORD.. .. fill in your own blank.... here.. if it is Rob..
  4. tanjo posted on 07/03/2014 03:08 PM
    If I recall this correctly, it was organized by a nephew or something. This was around the time Mammoliti had brain surgery (yeah, yeah I know ... just move on). At the time, it is possible that he was facing a long recovery period.

    When I was reading it, I thought it wouldn't be a problem ... except the invitation read the dinner was to "...help him fight the good fight at city hall." or something to that effect. It is a clear violation of the code of conduct.
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