Community college president pays ethics fine

The president of Norwalk Community College, David Levinson, has been fined by the Office of State Ethics for signing off on the entrance fees for his wife to attend two balls, a fundraiser and conference with him.

In a consent order Levinson signed yesterday, he said the public college’s philanthropic foundation had provided him with access to sign off on such expenses. But state law restricts him from making financial decisions as college president that would have an impact on his family, the consent order states.

“State funds, even those derived from grants from private donors, may not be used to pay for spouse’s expenses,” said Office of State Ethics Executive Director Carol Carson.

The cost of these events totaled $635, which Levinson has repaid. He has also paid a $3,000 fine for the violation.