[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose 11-27-1978 by L.L. No. 5-1978. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Editor's Note: Pursuant to L.L. No. 1-1976 which established the Code, the provisions of this chapter were originally designated as Ch. 8.
This Code of Ethics shall apply to all officers and employees, whether elected or appointed, of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and shall be applicable whether or not such officers or employees receive compensation with reference to their services.
In addition to any conflicts of interest prohibited by the statutes of the state of New York, no person to whom this Code of Ethics applies shall be or become interested directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever, except by operation of law, in any business or professional dealings with the Incorporated Village of Bellerose or any agency thereof. No such person shall act as attorney, agent, broker, representative or employee in business or professional dealings with the Incorporated Village of Bellerose or any agency thereof. No such official shall accept any employment or engage in any business transaction or make any investments, directly or indirectly, which create a conflict with official duties.
No person to whom this code applies shall accept any valuable gift, whether in the form of services, loan, thing or promise or any other form, from any person, firm, partnership or corporation which to his knowledge is interested directly or indirectly in any manner whatsoever in business or professional dealings with the Incorporated Village of Bellerose or any agency thereof.
Every person to whom this Code of Ethics applies who has either direct or indirect financial or other private interest in any measure being considered by the Board of Trustees or by any other official board, agency, officer or employee of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose and who participates in discussions before or gives opinions to such board, agency or individuals shall publicly disclose the nature and the extent of such interest. Every person to whom this Code of Ethics applies who shall have the knowledge of any matter being considered by any board, agency, official or employee of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose, in which he has any direct or indirect financial or other private interest, shall publicly disclose his interest to such board, agency, officer or employee and the nature and extent thereof as soon as practically possible after becoming informed of such matter. A copy of every such disclosure required therein, including a copy of every transcript containing such a disclosure, shall be promptly transmitted by the board, agency, officer or employee to the Village Clerk, who shall file and maintain same as a public record.
No officer or employee of the Village, whether paid or unpaid, shall disclose confidential information concerning the property, government or affairs of the Village or any other confidential information of an official character except when permitted or required by law, nor shall he use such information to advance the financial or other private interests of himself or others.
No person to whom this Code of Ethics applies shall make use of official Village stationery or the official Village Seal or any facsimilies thereof for anything other than the business of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose. No person to whom this Code applies shall make use of his title or designation in an official capacity except for the business of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose as authorized by law.
No person who has served as an employee or officer of the Village shall, within a period of two years after the termination of such service or employment, appear before any board or agency of the Village or receive compensation for any services rendered on behalf of any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association in relation to any matter with respect to which such person was directly concerned or in which he personally participated during the period under service or employment or which was under his consideration during the period of his service or employment by the Village.
Violation of any of the provisions of this Code of Ethics shall constitute cause for forfeiture of pay, suspension or removal from office or employment, after a hearing governed by the principles of due process and a vote in that regard by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose.