[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Williston Park 9-22-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975 as Ch. 4 of the 1975 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Williston Park 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 to serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the village. 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:
- A pecuniary or material benefit accruing either directly or indirectly to an officer or employee, unless the context otherwise requires.
- OFFICER or EMPLOYEE
- An officer or employee of the village, whether paid or unpaid, including members of any board, commission or other agency thereof.
- The Incorporated Village of Williston Park, Nassau County, New York.
Every officer or employee of the village shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
Gifts. The officer or employee 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 the officer or employee or could reasonably be expected to influence the officer or employee in the performance of his or her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his or her part.
[Amended 7-19-1999 by L.L. 1-1999]
Confidential information. The officer or employee shall not disclose confidential information acquired by the officer or employee in the course of his or her official duties or use such information to further his or her personal interest.
Representation. The officer or employee 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 the village.
To the extent that he or she knows thereof, any officer or employee, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board of Trustees, Planning Board or Board of Appeals on any matter before it shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he or she has in such matter.
The officer or employee shall disclose to the Board of Trustees, in writing, all real property owned by him or her situated within the village or within 500 feet of the boundaries thereof and any direct or indirect investment in any financial, business, commercial or other private transaction which creates or may create a conflict with his or her official duties. In the event that such a conflict shall occur or appear which was not previously anticipated or reported, the officer or employee shall forthwith report such conflict or potential conflict. The Village Clerk shall provide to each officer and employee at the beginning of each official year a form for purposes of disclosing the information required by this subsection.
[Amended 5-21-2007 by L.L. No. 5-2007; 5-21-2007 by L.L. No. 12-2007]
The officer or employee 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 or her official duties.
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection E(2), regarding private employment of officers or employees holding department head or assistant department head status, was repealed 12-6-2010 by L.L. No. 4-2010.
Future employment. The officer or employee shall not, after the termination of service or employment with the village, appear before any board of the village in relation to any case, matter, proceeding or application in which the officer or employee personally participated during the period of his or her service or employment or which was under his or her active consideration.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former officer or employee of the village of any claim, account, demand or suit against the village on behalf of himself or herself or any member of his or her family arising out of any personal injury or property damage or for any lawful benefit authorized or permitted by law.
There is hereby established a Board of Ethics consisting of three members who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees and who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. A majority of such members shall be persons other than officers or employees of the village, but the Board shall include at least one member who is an elected or appointed officer of the village. 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 to this Code of Ethics, under such rules and regulations as the Board of Ethics may prescribe. In addition, the Board may make recommendations with respect to the drafting and adoption of a Code of Ethics or amendments thereto upon request of the Board of Trustees.
[Amended 7-19-1999 by L.L. 1-1999]
The Mayor of the village shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer or employee within 30 days after the effective date of this chapter. Each officer and employee elected or appointed thereafter shall be furnished a copy thereof before entering upon the duties of his or her 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.
[Amended 7-19-1999 by L.L. 1-1999]
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 the Code of Ethics may be fined as provided in Chapter 1, § 1-18 of this Code, suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law.