Deputy Corporation Counsel Andrew Brick said money is at the root of his decision to leave city government and join a private law firm.
Brick, whose salary was raised to $72,000 as officials attempted to keep him, said he simply couldn’t make ends meet on his public-sector salary when his wife lost her job.
His wife, Mary, was a consultant for the state Department of Health, managing arthritis grants from the Centers for Disease Control. Those grants were not funded this year.
“All of a sudden, a week before Memorial Day, we had a big financial gap in our family picture,” Andrew Brick said. “When you lose a third of your family income, it keeps you up at night.”
But Brick, who has worked in the public sector for his entire career, becoming known as a strong attorney for the Democrats, didn’t immediately jump ship.
“I started reaching out to people, seeing if I could pick up work at night,” he said.
But one of the private attorneys he spoke to offered him a full-time job instead. The deal was too good to pass up, Brick said, so he will join Donald Zee’s law firm as an associate.
His last day with the city is July 3.
He said he wished it hadn’t come down to dollars and cents.
“If they has renewed her funding, I would probably have been happy working for the city taxpayers for the next 20 years,” he said. “I was perfectly happy here. So I’m leaving with a very heavy heart.”
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