- Last Updated: 2:27 PM, July 2, 2012
- Posted: 12:38 PM, July 2, 2012
He's a Liu-ser, again.
The city's Environmental Control Board has upheld a decision ordering Comptroller John Liu to pay $527,400 in fines for plastering the city with 7,032 illegal campaign posters during his 2009 campaign, it was disclosed today.
The ruling marks another chapter in a fight that's been going on for more than two and a half years.
Liu won round one in 2010, when he convinced a hearing officer that the Sanitation Department didn't serve the summonses properly.
Sanitation officials were so outraged that they sent them out again.
Liu appealed, claiming this time that the summonses were sent to his former campaign treasurer instead of his current campaign treasurer.
A second hearing officer rejected that argument, noting that the Sanitation Department had relied on state Board of Election records that the Liu campaign had failed to update.
Liu then took his case to the entire Environmental Control Board, where his lawyer contended that the Sanitation Department had been put on notice in previous hearings that the treasurers had changed.
The ECB said Liu's campaign bore the responsibility of notifying the state Board of Elections of the shift and since it didn't do so owed the $527,400.
Records show that Liu's 2013 mayoral campaign fund had about $1.6 million on hand as of January.
Liu, whose campaign in under federal investigation, now faces some tough choices.
He can use his 2013 funds to pay the hefty fine. But Eric Friedman of the Campaign Finance Board that would remove those funds from the matching program.
Liu can also try to raise new money for his 2009 campaign kitty to settle with the ECB.
Or, he can look to the courts for yet another appeal.
Marty Connor, Liu's lawyer, said the comptroller's campaign is still studying the decision and hasn't decided on the next step.