Village of Village of The Branch, NY
Suffolk County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
GENERAL REFERENCES

Disclosures — See Ch. 37.

§ 7-1
Short title. 

§ 7-2
Legislative intent. 

§ 7-3
Definitions. 

§ 7-4
Standards of conduct. 

§ 7-5
Filing of claims, etc., against Village. 

§ 7-6
Distribution of code. 

§ 7-7
Board of Ethics established. 

§ 7-8
Powers and duties of Board of Ethics. 

§ 7-1 Short title.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Code of Ethics of the Incorporated Village of the Branch."

§ 7-2 Legislative intent.

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of the Branch recognizes that there are rules of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which must be observed if a high degree of moral conduct is to be obtained and if public confidence is to be maintained in our unit of local government. It is the purpose of this chapter to promulgate these rules of ethical conduct for the officers and employees of the Incorporated Village of the Branch so as to regulate their official conduct. The rules of ethical conduct established by this Code of Ethics shall not conflict with but shall be in addition to any prohibition of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law or any other general or special law relating to the ethical conduct and interest of municipal officers and employees.

§ 7-3 Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the terms used herein are defined as follows:

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of the Branch.
INTEREST
A pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a municipal officer or employee, unless the context otherwise requires.
OFFICER
Includes every elected official of the Village, every Village officer, elected or appointed, as defined in the Public Officers Law of the State of New York or any other law referring to "officers," acting on behalf of the Village or any agency thereof, and all members of boards or commissions created by law or appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of the Branch, including members of so-called advisory committees, whether any of such persons mentioned in this definition are paid or unpaid.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE OR EMPLOYEE
Any person directly employed and compensated by the Incorporated Village of the Branch.
TREASURER
The chief fiscal officer of the Incorporated Village of the Branch, who may be a resident of the County of Suffolk.
[Added 3-11-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
VILLAGE
The Incorporated Village of the Branch.

§ 7-4 Standards of conduct.

Every officer or employee of the Village shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:

A. 

Gifts. He shall not, directly or indirectly, solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $25 or more, whether in the form of money, service, 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.

B. 

Confidential information. 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.

C. 

Representation before one's own agency. He shall not receive nor enter into any agreement, expressed 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 before any municipal agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.

D. 

Representation before any agency for a contingent fee. He shall not receive nor enter into any agreement, expressed or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any agency of this municipality whereby his compensation is to be dependent 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.

E. 

Disclosure of interest in legislation. To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Board of Trustees and any officer or employee of the Village, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board of Trustees on any legislation 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 legislation.

F. 

Investments in conflict with official duties. He shall not invest nor hold any investment, directly or indirectly, in any financial, business, commercial or other private transaction which creates a conflict with his official duties.

G. 

Private employment. He shall not engage in, solicit, negotiate for nor promise to accept private employment nor render services for private interests when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties.

H. 

Future employment. He shall not, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the Village 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.

§ 7-5 Filing of claims, etc., against Village.

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 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.

§ 7-6 Distribution of code.

The Mayor of the Village shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be personally served upon every officer and employee of the Village within 20 days after the effective date of this chapter,

Editor's Note: For the effective date of this chapter, see Ch. 1, General Provisions.
and shall receive a written receipt thereof from each officer and employee to whom such copy shall be so served. Each officer or employee elected or appointed thereafter shall likewise be served with and shall acknowledge receipt of a copy of this Code of Ethics prior to entering upon the duties of his office.

§ 7-7 Board of Ethics established.

There is hereby established a Board of Ethics consisting of five members to be appointed by the Board of Trustees, who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. No member of the Board of Ethics shall hold any other office or employment with the Village, whether elected or appointed or whether salaried or not.

§ 7-8 Powers and duties of Board of Ethics.

The Board of Ethics shall have the powers and duties prescribed by Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and shall render advisory opinions to the officers and employees of the Village with respect to Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and this Code of Ethics adopted pursuant to such Article, under such rules and regulations as the Board of Ethics may prescribe. In addition, the Board of Ethics may make recommendations with respect to the drafting and adoption of amendments to this Code of Ethics upon request of the Hoard of Trustees.