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The Public Service Puzzler

Welcome to the home page of the Public Service Puzzler, a contest brought to you by the Conflicts of Interest Board! Spending just five minutes with the City’s Conflicts of Interest Law could win you prizes! Each month a new puzzle, question, or other activity will be brought to you by the Board’s Training and Education Unit. All you have to do is give five minutes of thoughtful consideration and send in your answer to

One lucky winner each month will receive a gift package from COIB, his or her name, picture and bio on the contest web page, and the same in the following month’s edition of the Board’s monthly newsletter, The Ethical Times

This Month's Contest

December's Public Service Puzzler takes the form of a pun contest. Click the link below for all the details, and good luck!  Entries are due on December 16th.

‚óŹ December Public Service Puzzler
 (in PDF)

Meet Last Month's Winner  

Meet Mike Siller, the winner of the November 2014 Public Service Puzzler!  Mike is the General Counsel for the Department of Investigation. Please note that Mike did not accept any prizes for his win.  

Learn more about Mike in our interview below.

Q: What do you do in your job?
A: I am the chief legal officer for the City agency responsible for investigating fraud, corruption and gross mismanagement on the part of elected officials, City employees, City contractors and recipients of City benefits. In that role I provide legal counsel to the DOI Commissioner and other agency personnel and otherwise provide legal support for DOI’s investigative, procurement, litigation, training and administrative initiatives and activities.

Q: How long have you been working for the City?
A: 12 years.

Q: Name a special interest or hobby!
A: Hiking with my family.

Q: What's your favorite thing about City service?
A: Being in a position to identify and solve problems that affect New Yorkers and to play a part in fostering the integrity of public servants.


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