Today is the last day of work for Jared Kupiec, Mayor Pedro Segarra’s chief of staff who resigned earlier this month, the mayor said.
Kupiec will receive 2 ½ weeks’ severance pay, Segarra said. He was paid $115,000 annually.
Juan Figueroa, a former state representative and founding president of the Universal Health Care Foundation, will be the acting chief of staff. Figueroa, who started work with the city three weeks ago, has been serving as a consultant, helping with the transition.
City officials said Friday that the plan was for a three-week transition in the chief of staff role.
Figueroa will be on contract with the city for six months. He will be paid $64,750, with the option to renew his contract at the end of the six months, officials said.
Kupiec, 30, has been the target of criticism recently for charging a $700 dinner at Max Downtown on New Year’s Eve to his city-issued credit card. The meal was for eight people, who dined on caviar, rack of lamb and oysters, records show. Kupiec and Segarra later reimbursed the city for the meal.
“I have thought a lot about this decision and know that it is the best one for me at this time,” he wrote in an e-mail to city staff. “My next step will be to prepare for a new career outside of politics and law school, which has been a life-long ambition that I have put off for far too long.”