DKC government affairs chief to spend 60 days in jail

ALBANY, NY: The director of DKC's government affairs group will spend the next two months in jail after she pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated during a January incident.

ALBANY, NY: The director of DKC's government affairs group will spend the next two months in jail after she pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated during a January incident.

Allison Lee, who is also the wife of US Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), was sentenced on Friday to 60 days in jail and three years' probation, according to multiple reports. Lee was arrested after a January automobile accident in Albany. It was her second alcohol-related conviction in a year, according to media reports.

Lee will keep her position at DKC when she returns from jail, Matt Traub, MD and chief of staff at the agency, told PRWeek.

“We look forward to her return as soon as possible," he added. Bill Cunningham, MD, and Marie Ternes, EVP, will run the practice together for the next two months.

The firm decided to keep Lee on because she “has taken full responsibility for what happened” and it “supports the steps she took to address the situation,” Traub explained.

Lee joined DKC in 2009 after it decided to launch an Albany, NY-based government affairs practice. She previously served as a partner at Patricia Lynch Associates and held staffer positions at the New York State Assembly and the US House of Representatives. She also served as the acting secretary's representative for New York and New Jersey for then-US Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo beginning in 1998.

“I am mindful of my ongoing obligations to my son, my colleagues, and my clients and am committed to living up to their trust and standards," she said in a statement following her sentencing.

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