A report to City Council members on the findings of the Committee on Ethics and Standards regarding Northern Manhattan Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez has been delayed.
A Council spokesperson said a meeting scheduled for today was deferred due to scheduling conflicts with the committee members, and that the committee expects to meeting the week of Aug. 23 when the report will be made available.
Rodriguez was not upset by the delay.
“What they decide to do is up to them. I will continue to defend my name,” he said.
The report was the next step following a day-long Aug. 4 hearing by the committee which spent eight hours in executive session deliberating over the circumstances surrounding Rodriguez' actions following a heated June 25 budget discussion.
A Council staffer alleged that after an argument over the City University of New York’s budget Rodriguez angrily poked her between her upper chest and neck.
Rodriguez denies any physical contact with the staffer.
The committee will recommend to the full Council that Rodriguez be suspended from his position as chair of the Higher Education Committee until he completes an employee relations course. Rodriguez has said that he would take the class on the conditions that it be held in Northern Manhattan and that community members are allowed to take the class as well.