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Bloomberg Appoints DOI Commissioner Hearn To Head Up Campaign Finance Board

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Rose Gill Hearn was named as chair of the city Campaign Finance Board on Dec. 30, 2013. (Credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — On his penultimate day in office Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announce3d outgoing City Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn will take over as chair of the city Campaign Finance Board.

Gill Hearn will succeed the Rev. Joseph Parkes S.J., who resigned last week as his term expired. She is the longest-serving Department of Investigation commissioner in city history – having served throughout Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms since 2002.

The Campaign Finance Board was created in 1988 in response to public corruption scandals, the NYPD explained. The nonpartisan city agency is responsible for limiting the role and influence of private money in politics.

“It is an extremely important agency, and one that is really renowned in the country for working in a very high-caliber way,” Gill Hearn told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.

The responsibilities of the board include providing public matching funds to candidates for city office, providing public disclosure of campaign finance data, and conducting voter outreach.

“The Campaign Finance Board has a proud tradition of chairpersons who are above the political fray, with impeccable integrity and a reputation for nonpartisan leadership,” Bloomberg said in a news release. “Our city owes a debt of gratitude to Father Parkes, who served in this role with distinction for the past five years. Now, Rose will continue that tradition of ensuring that the CFB both protects taxpayers’ dollars and strengthens our democratic process.”

Under Hearn, the Department of Investigation has led probes resulting in more than 6,500 arrests, and “unprecedented” monetary recoveries, the Mayor’s office said.

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