What does it take to get kicked off the New York City Council?

Embattled Councilman Andy King may be about to find out as he faced new calls for his resignation Friday, just hours after the Council’s disciplinary committee brought its third set of charges against the Bronx Democrat in just two years.

King faces new allegations that he has continued to abuse his staff, misuse public funds and violate anti-discrimination policies — despite being convicted, suspended and fined by his colleagues just four months ago in a nearly identical case.

“I must stress how deeply and profoundly troubled this committee is by the allegations set forth in the charges,” said Standards and Ethics Committee Chairman Steven Matteo (R-Staten Island) as he announced the latest allegations.

Matteo’s panel met behind closed doors for two-and-a-half hours to discuss the case before revealing the latest case against King.

Council member Andy King angrily pleads his case against charges of misconduct with members of his staff to his fellow council members who will later decide to suspend him.
Council Member Andy King angrily pleads his case against charges of misconduct with members of his staff to his fellow council members who will later decide to suspend him.Matthew McDermott

The latest set of allegations pushed Council Speaker Corey Johnson to finally call for King’s removal if the claims are confirmed — an about-face for the 2021 mayoral hopeful, who resisted calls to push the bow-tie wearing councilman from office when the Council last punished him in October.

“These are incredibly disturbing allegations that follow a thorough investigation by the Council and the independent prosecutor [Carrie Cohen],” said Johnson. “King has repeatedly disgraced his office with his actions.”

Johnson added: “If these charges are found to be true, the Council should move to expel him. The appropriate authorities have been made aware of these allegations.”

It’s the third set of allegations stemming from King’s misbehavior, which dates from at least 2017 and has continued despite two previous admonishments.

In 2018, the disciplinary committee ordered that he take sensitivity training after determining he sexually harassed a female staffer.

The Council voted overwhelming in October to suspend King without pay for a month, fine him $15,000 and installed a monitor to oversee his office after determining that King retaliated against whistleblowers from the previous investigation and abused his staff.

Council member Andy King
Matthew McDermott

The disciplinary committee’s report also found that King repeatedly misused city resources, including to help plan his step-daughter’s Virgin Islands wedding and allowing his wife — Neva Shillingford-King, an executive SEIU Local 1199 — to use his Council staff to labor union work.

Matteo said Friday that King’s October punishment was the “most sweeping and serious” ever imposed against a council member that did not result from a criminal conviction.

King sued the Council to block his suspension but a Manhattan judge ultimately tossed the tort.

However, King not only failed to learn his lesson — Matteo said Friday that investigators found evidence that King has undercut the monitor.

“It is alleged that he has repeatedly worked to circumvent the monitor, and has violated the large majority of the provisions,” Matteo said, announcing the charges from a committee room dais.

Furthermore, more witnesses have since come forward with “new information” of alleged past misconduct by King, including “a completely unacceptable violation of the Council’s Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy,” Matteo said, though he refused to provide additional details.

The ethics committee is slated to hold a hearing on King’s new charges on March 9.

King did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The latest allegations against him are just the latest entry in the catalog of city politicians behaving badly.

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) agreed to pay a $5,000 fine Thursday for ringing a precinct commander to tear up a driving ticket she got for talking on the phone while driving.

Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr. (D-Bronx) was stripped of a committee chairmanship after making a slew of homophobic remarks.

Meanwhile, Councilman Mark Gjonaj (D-Bronx) is being probed by the Conflicts of Interest Board over allegations he steered contracts for his district’s office renovation to donors.