An assistant principal and teacher have agreed to pay fines totaling $5,502 for falling in love, moving in together and getting married without notifying the Department of Education of their relationship, the Conflicts of Interest Board announced Monday.
City ethics rules forbid a supervisor from having a financial arrangement with a subordinate, such as living together, even if they’re in love.
That’s what Assistant Principal Steven Postiglione and teacher Lauren DeDominic found out the hard way when Cupid struck on the job at the HS for Law Enforcement and Public Safety in Jamaica, Queens.
Postiglione was DeDominic’s direct supervisor from Aug. 27, 2008 until June 8, 2017.
They dated, fell in love, moved in together in July 2016 and got married in October 2016, the couple admitted in a settlement with the COIB.
That means Postiglione was supervising his wife for more than six months.
The lovebirds never told the DOE of their personal and financial relationship. But it was an open secret at the school and others blew the whistle on them.
Postiglione agreed to pay a $3,750 fine; his wife a $1,752 penalty.
He has been employed by the DOE since 2003 and earns $112,461.
DeDominic, a teacher since 2007, earns $86,185.