NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The borough president of Brooklyn has been fined $2,000 for using his chief of staff as his lawyer when he bought a house two years ago.

The New York Times says Marty Markowitz was fined by the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. It says Markowitz’s chief of staff, Carlo Scissura, was fined $1,000.

The board said both Markowitz and Scissura acknowledged that their conduct violated the city’s conflicts of interest law.

Markowitz’s spokesman Mark Zustovich declined to comment on behalf of the borough president and the chief of staff.

The board said Scissura had recommended another lawyer in his firm to Markowitz. But, it says, Scissura took over when that lawyer gave birth a few weeks later and went on maternity leave.

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