WGBH reports that as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeal, Craig Galvin "acted as a real estate broker for multiple properties that received valuable zoning variances" from the board during his time there.
Galvin resigned from the board earlier this month, after a BPDA manager agreed to plead guilty to a bribery charge in connection with a small South Boston project that allegedly involved a zoning board member arranging to get the project approved even though a variance it had had lapsed.
Galvin once marketed a duplex condo built by that manager, John Lynch, who is now facing between 4 and 5 years in federal prison.
Galvin was on the board as the designated representative of the real-estate industry. The state law that defines the Boston zoning board requires at least one member to be nominated by the Greater Real Estate Board. The law has similar requirements for representatives of builders, construction unions, architects and neighborhood groups.
In addition to an ongoing investigation by the US Attorney's office, Mayor Walsh has hired a former federal prosecutor to look into zoning allegations and a separate law firm to look at the process by which development proposals go through the city approval process.
Walsh's aide on Methadone Mile, Buddy Christopher, took a leave of absence from his post after the allegations surfaced. Until recently, he was commissioner of ISD, which plays a key role in that process. Before Walsh hired him for ISD, he was a private architect - and worked on the original South Boston proposal.
At the second of two hearings on whether to approve it, his son James represented the developer before the board.