Over the past eight years, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, who has an advanced degree from Harvard, has had many of his expenses at the Harvard Club in New York paid by the New York City Police Foundation, reports the New York Times. The story was reported earlier by police reporter Leonard Levitt at NYPD Confidential.Com. Police spokesman Paul Browne said the practice was lawful but that Kelly may have erred by failing to report the payment of $1,500 annual dues at the club on financial disclosure forms.
The Police Department has strict rules about accepting any gift, reward or compensation that is related to the person's position as a department employee. Police officers can be disciplined for violating those rules. The Times said it was not clear if Kelly's arrangement at the Harvard Club runs afoul of those or other city ethics rules.