[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mill Neck 3-16-1976 by resolution. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a municipal officer or employee or his or her spouse, minor children and dependents, a firm, partnership or association of which such officer or employee is a member or employee, a corporation of which such officer or employee is an officer, director or employee or a corporation any stock of which is accrued or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee, unless the context otherwise requires.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- An officer or employee of the Village of Mill Neck, whether paid or unpaid, including members of any administrative board, commission or other agency thereof. No person shall be deemed to be a "municipal officer or employee" solely by reason of being a volunteer fireman or civil defense volunteer, except a chief engineer or assistant chief engineer.
Every officer or employee of the Village of Mill Neck shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
He shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise or any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him or could reasonably be expected to influence him in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.
He shall not disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of his official duties or use such information to further his personal interest.
He shall not receive or enter into any agreement, express or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any municipal agency of which he is an officer, member or employee or of any municipal agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
He shall not receive or enter into any agreement, express or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any agency of his municipality, whereby his compensation is to be dependant or contingent upon any action by such agency with respect to such matter, provided that this subsection shall not prohibit the fixing at any time of fees based upon the reasonable value of the services rendered.
To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Board of Trustees and any officer or employee of the Village of Mill Neck, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board of Trustees on any matter before the Board of Trustees shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he has in such matter.
He shall not invest or hold any investment, directly or indirectly, in any financial, business, commercial or other private transaction which creates a conflict with his official duties. However, the investment in or ownership of less than 5% of the stock of a corporation whose stock is listed on the New York or American Stock Exchange or successors thereto shall not be deemed to be an investment in conflict with official duties.
He shall not engage in, solicit, negotiate for or promise to accept private employment or render services for private interests when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties.
He shall not, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the Village of Mill Neck in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which he personally participated during the period of his service or employment or which was under his active consideration.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former municipal officer or employee of any claim, account, demand or suit against the Village of Mill Neck or any agency thereof on behalf of himself or any member of his family arising out of any personal injury or property damage or for any lawful benefit authorized or permitted by law.
The Mayor of the Village of Mill Neck shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer and employee of the village within 30 days after the effective date of this chapter. Each officer and employee elected or appointed thereafter shall be furnished a copy before entering upon the duties of his office or employment.
In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any person who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law.