Pursuant to the provisions of § 806 of the New York State General Municipal Law, the Town Board of the Town of Lumberland recognizes that there are rules and standards of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which, if observed, can enhance public confidence in local government. In the light of a tendency today to downgrade our local governments and to discredit our public servants and our free institutions generally, it appears necessary that every effort be made to assure the highest caliber of public administration of this Town as part of our important system of local government. It is the purpose of this chapter to implement this objective through the establishment of standards and to create a Board of Ethics to render advisory opinions to the Town's officers and employees as provided for herein.
The standards, prohibited acts and procedures established herein are in addition to any prohibited acts, conflicts of interest provisions or procedures prescribed by statute of the State of New York, in addition to common law rules and judicial decisions relating to the conduct of Town officers. The standards, rules, prohibited acts and procedures of this code, as adopted, shall not conflict with but shall be in addition to the rules and standards of Article 18 of the New York State General Municipal Law, common law rules and judicial decisions relating to the ethical conduct and interests in contracts of municipal officers and employees.