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Stark Resigns from Finance Post

Mayor Bloomberg says Martha Stark is stepping down



    Stark Resigns from Finance Post
    Mayor Bloomberg accepted Martha Stark's resignation, effective at the end of this week.

    New York CityFinance Commissioner Martha Stark stepped down from her post Tuesday amid controversial reports that she was romantically linked to one of her staffers, as well as political conflicts of interest that caused internal disputes in the Mayor's office.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who accepted Stark's resignation Tuesday afternoon, said in a statement that she had influenced many New York City economic reforms that changed the city's fiscal landscape.

    "On behalf of the nearly 8.4 million New Yorkers, I want to thank Martha for her years of service, and I want to recognize the many reforms that Finance developed and implemented under her leadership," Bloomberg said.

    Stark made the city "a better place," Bloomberg said.

    Stark was accused this month of having a romantic affair with one of her staffers, former assistant comissioner Dara Ottley-Brown. Bloomberg requested an investigation into the alleged relationship last week.

    The former commissioner also got paid by a real estate company while was banking $190,000 a year monitoring real estate taxes in the Mayor's office, the New York Daily News reported.

    Stark, 48, will leave the post Friday.