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Former Councilman Livingston responds to city’s report on ‘intern matter’

UPDATE:

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Former Binghamton City Councilman Dan Livingston responded to the city's report about him.

Livingston tells 12 News that the claims against him in the report are not true.

He says he was willing to participate but never heard back from the people conducting the investigation.

Livingston also says that no laws or ethics policies were broken.

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Binghamton City Council released the results of an investigation into an unauthorized internship facilitated by Dan Livingston, a former city councilman.

According to the report, Livingston violated city council policies.

The findings of the report are listed below:

  • Multiple attempts by the investigator to set up an interview with Mr. Livingston were unsuccessful
  • Despite an internship requirement of 300 hours of relevant work, less than 40 hours were documented
  • Other completed work, including notations such as “plan of attack” and issues regarding the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant, appears to be completely unrelated to any internship documents.
  • At an October 21, 2019 City Council Work Session, Mr. Livingston admitted that he knew there had to be a formal internship process through City Council to have him work with an intern. He also admitted he never brought the issue of hiring an intern to the City Council for its approval
  • Mr. Livingston admitted the intern did campaign work for him during the time of the internship, but that the time she expended on the campaign did not count toward her internship
  • “Mr. Livingston did violate City Council procedures by failing to present the matter of working with interns to the City Council for consideration and approval.” (pg. 8)  “Then Councilman Livingston improperly entered into an MOU on behalf of the City.”
  • “Mr. Livingston has claimed that the internship was with him personally and not the City Council. However, this directly contradicts the MOU which clearly states the internship is with the Binghamton City Council, and calls into question Mr. Livingston’s credibility with respect to this particular matter.”
  • “The fact that the Councilman did not acknowledge the student was his intern for several months lends credence to the finding that he knew he was working with an intern in a manner that was not consistent with the City’s policies and procedures.”

In a statement sent to 12 News, City Council President Thomas A. Scanlon said the following:

“The results of this report are clear — Mr. Livingston used his elected position to create an unauthorized paid internship for one of his campaign staffers. He did not disclose the internship despite being informed of the process on multiple occasions, including before he took office and in his first weeks on Council."

Scanlon also said city council will "advance additional ethics training" and "establish intern procedures."

Livingston is no longer a member of city council.

WBNG Staff

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