Fine on Facebook, Not in Real Life: Councilman In Trouble for "Poking"

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    Its his fault.

    The New York City Council's ethics committee is recommending an employee relations program for a councilman who was accused of poking a staffer during a dispute.

    Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez was accused of jabbing his finger at the staffer's upper chest and throat area during budget negotiations in June.

    The councilman had maintained he did not even remember touching the woman.

    The ethics committee voted during a closed-door hearing Wednesday to recommend an employee relations program for Rodriguez. The full City Council must now consider the recommendation and vote later this month.

    Rodriguez represents a district in upper Manhattan. The former high school teacher was elected to the seat last year.

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