TORONTO – Toronto council voted 37-2 Wednesday evening to dock councillor Giorgio Mammoliti of three months pay after an integrity commissioner’s report indicated he breached the city’s code of conduct by receiving $80,000 from a fundraising event last year.
In addition to the decision, the city will hire a lawyer to examine whether the issue should be referred to the police.
The Ward 7 councillor will lose $26,000 in pay as a result of the judgement that stems from a May 22, 2013 fundraiser in which the integrity commissioner revealed over 200 people attended at $500 a piece.
The councillor has said the fundraiser was of a “personal nature” and did not feel he violated any rules.
Mammoliti underwent brain surgery in March 2013 for a rare condition called a dural fistula that causes a miscommunication between the veins and arteries.
He maintains the fundraiser was held to celebrate his recovery and was organized with the help of staff on their personal time.
Integrity commissioner Janet Leiper’s report recommended city council to suspend the councillor’s pay for 90 days beginning Sept. 1, 2014.
Mammoliti says he will be responding to the pay suspension with legal action.