Received from a town contractor free finger piers plus installation, and free cleaning of his jet ski float at his private dock\n\nThe Ethics Commission\u0027s Enforcement Division today issued an Order to Show Cause (OTSC) alleging that Winthrop Harbormaster Charles Famolare, III (\u0022Famolare\u0022) violated G.L. c. 268A, the conflict of interest law, by receiving at no charge two finger piers (small walkways attached to a larger dock), plus free installation, and free cleaning of Famolare\u0027s jet ski float, from the vendor contracted to build the $2 million town pier.\n\nAccording to the OTSC, in October 2006, Boston Towing and Transportation (\u0022Boston Towing\u0022) entered into a $2 million contract with the Town of Winthrop to build a pier in Winthrop Harbor. Famolare participated officially in the project by acting in an advisory, oversight and liaison capacity. In July 2007, personnel from Boston Towing and from Boston Forging and Welding (\u0022Boston Welding\u0022) attached two finger piers to Famolare\u0027s private dock. Famolare had no private relationship with any of the Boston Towing or Boston Welding employees who did the work. In addition, in July 2007, Boston Towing employees scraped barnacles and mussels from Famolare\u0027s jet ski float at no charge. The value of the finger piers was approximately $3,500 each, while the installation of the finger piers to Famolare\u0027s dock was valued at approximately $3,600. The value of the work scraping Famolare\u0027s jet ski float was approximately $1,900.\n\nSection 23(b)(2) of the conflict law prohibits a municipal employee from using his official position to secure for himself or others unwarranted privileges of substantial value not available to similarly situated individuals. As stated in the OTSC, Famolare violated section 23(b)(2) by receiving two finger piers, installation of the finger piers, and work performed on his jet ski float, all at no charge.\n\nThe Commission will schedule the matter for a public hearing within 90 days.