[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Altamont 9-15-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Village Board of the Village of Altamont 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 Village of Altamont. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Village of Altamont. The rules of ethical conduct of this chapter, as adopted, 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 ethical conduct and interest in contracts of municipal officers and employees.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any claim, account or demand against or agreement with the Village, express or implied, and shall include the designation of a depository of public funds and the designation of a newspaper, including but not limited to an official newspaper, for the publication of any notice, resolution, or other proceeding where such publication is required or authorized by law.
- A direct or indirect pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a municipal officer or employee as the result of a contract with the Village. For the purposes of this chapter a municipal officer or employee shall be deemed to have an interest in the contract of his spouse, minor children and dependents, except a contract of employment with the Village; 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; and a corporation any stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- An officer or employee of the Village of Altamont, 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 be reason of being a volunteer fireman or civil defense volunteer, except a fire chief or assistant fire chief.
Every officer or employee of the Village of Altamont shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
Gifts. He/she shall not directly or indirectly solicit any gift, or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, 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/her, or could reasonably be expected to influence him/her, in the performance of his/her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his/her part.
Confidential information. He/she shall not disclose confidential information acquired by him/her in the course of his/her official duties or use such information to further his/her personal interest.
Representation before one's own agency. He/she 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/she is an officer, member or employee or of any municipal agency over which he/she has jurisdiction or to which he/she has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
Representation before any agency for a contingent fee. He/she 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/her municipality, whereby his/her 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.
Disclosure of interest in legislation. To the extent that he/she knows thereof, a member of the Village Board and any officer or employee of the Village of Altamont, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Village Board on any legislation before the Village Board shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he/she has in such legislation.
Investments in conflict with official duties. He/she 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/her official duties.
Private employment. He/she 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/her official duties.
Future employment. He/she shall not, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the Village of Altamont in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which he/she presently participated during the period of his/her service or employment or which was under his/her 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 Altamont 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 Altamont 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. Failure to distribute any such copy or failure of any officer or employee to receive such copy shall have no effect on the duty of compliance with such code, nor the enforcement of provisions thereof.