Caroline Ducked $$$ Disclosure in Schools Job

City exempt Kennedy, but isn't exactly sure why
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2009 11:18 AM CST
Caroline Kennedy, who served in New York City's Department of Education, as the chief executive of the Office of Strategic Partnerships, was not required to file financial disclosure forms.   (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)
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(Newser) – Unlike other New York City employees—including billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg—Caroline Kennedy skirted the practice of disclosing her finances when working for the city, the New York Times reports. To reduce conflicts of interest, city regulations require high-level staff to file disclosures, and that would include Kennedy, who ran an office at the Department of Education.

City officials offered a variety of reasons why Kennedy was exempt. The schools chancellor said Kennedy didn’t meet the law’s definition of a “policymaker,” while others said her $1 annual salary—similar to Bloomberg’s—gave her an out. In her quest to fill Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat, Kennedy said she would “comply with every kind of disclosure that’s available.”