A city parking judge has lost his job because he combined a snack attack with poor judgment.
Officials disclosed yesterday that Alan Rubin, employed as an administrative-law judge by the Finance Department since May 2004, got the heave-ho in June 2009 because he accepted six to eight bags of free popcorn a year earlier from a food-delivery driver whose tickets he had dismissed. Rubin agreed to pay a $2,500 fine to the Conflicts of Interest Board -- making this the most expensive snack of his life. Sources said Rubin was tripped up when he brought some of his bounty into the office to share with co-workers. One of them gave him up. It wasn't the first time he had crossed the ethics line. In November 2007, Rubin admitted hiring the owner of an audio-video installation company who had come before him for a job hanging a flat-screen TV.