[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ghent 3-12-1982 by L.L. No. 2-1982. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to adopt and accept the applicability of § 18 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York to provide for the defense and indemnification of officers and employees of the Town of Ghent with respect to any civil action or proceeding, whether commenced in state or federal court, arising out of any alleged act or omission occurring or allegedly occurring while such officer and/or employee was acting within the scope of his or her public employment or duties.
The Town Board of the Town of Ghent, New York, does hereby accept and adopt the applicability of the provisions of § 18 of the Public Officers Law of the State of New York and to confer the benefits provided for thereunder upon its officers and employees (as defined in said law) and to be liable for the cost incurred thereunder.
The benefits provided for under this chapter shall be secondary to any applicable insurance coverage available to the officer or employee, whether under a policy of insurance procured by the Town of Ghent or a policy of insurance procured by the individual officer or employee.
This chapter shall take effect immediately and shall cover all actions commenced against any officer or employee subsequent to its effective date.