Monday, June 27, 2011
(Monticello) – Sullivan County Legislators Leni C. Binder (R-7) and Jodi I. Goodman (R-6) have requested that Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis create a commission to review the draft ethics law that has been developed by the current ethics committee and submitted to the Law Department. That draft ethics law was largely based upon the ethics codes of other counties and municipalities, but before the recent ethics reforms that were initiated by Governor Cuomo earlier this month.
“We have requested that the current draft ethics law, along with the recent reforms initiated by Governor Cuomo, be forwarded to a review group that would be comprised of citizens with some background in ethics and above reproach. This review should build upon what has been included in the draft ethics law, and create a clear and understandable policy that works in practice and theory,” said Binder and Goodman.
“I would be happy to heed their request and appoint such a commission in the name of good open accountable government,” said Rouis. “I will act upon Legislator Binder’s and Legislator Goodman’s request prior to the scheduled meetings that are scheduled for July,” added Rouis.
“There must be a clear and understandable policy that will protect the public trust, while at the same time providing reasonable guidelines relating to when an interest is involved, and more clearly defining gifts, and the prohibition of gifts only from those individuals, firms, or organizations that have a stated value, and that have a contract with Sullivan County or have an interest in Legislation before the County. There must not be any misconstruing that a County officer or employee should not be prohibited from providing or receiving hospitality from individuals, forms, or organizations that have NO CONTRACTS with Sullivan County, nor any interest in matters where the officer or employee would have any jurisdiction,” added Rouis.
For more information, please contact Legislators Rouis, Binder, and Goodman at 845-807-0435