Village of Scarsdale, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Scarsdale: Art. I, 10-27-1970 by resolution, amended in its entirety 11-14-1978 by resolution; Art. II, 10-27-1970 by resolution, amended in its entirety 11-14-1978 by resolution. Sections 37-2 and 37-8 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Officers and employees — See Ch. 72.
[Adopted 10-27-1970 by resolution; amended in its entirety 11-14-1978 by resolution]
Pursuant of the provisions of § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Scarsdale establishes these rules of ethical conduct for public officers and employees as a guide to assist in continuation of good conduct on their part and to promote public confidence in the government of the village. The rules are in addition to any provision 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 article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
INTEREST
A pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a municipal officer or employee or to the municipal officer's or employee's spouse, minor children or dependents; 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; or a corporation of which more than 5% of any class of stock is controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee.
MUNICIPAL OFFICER or EMPLOYEE
An officer or employee of the Village of Scarsdale, whether paid or unpaid, and, if either full-time or part-time, who receives a salary, retainer or other compensation. These terms include members of the Village Board and any other board, commission or committee appointed by the Mayor or Board of Trustees. Independent contractors who are requested to do work for the village from time to time under separate agreements or contracts for each project, volunteer firemen, special police and civil defense volunteers are not included.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
No officer or employee of the Village of Scarsdale shall:
A. 
Directly or indirectly solicit, accept or receive any gift, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise or any other form, under circumstances from which it reasonably could be inferred that the gift was intended to influence, or reasonably could be expected to influence, such officer or employee in the performance of official duties or was intended as a reward or gratuity for any official action.
B. 
Disclose confidential information acquired in the course of official duties nor use such information to further personal interest.
C. 
Render services to any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation, whether for compensation or not for compensation, relating to any matter before any department, board or commission or committee of the village, except as a part of official responsibilities to that department, board, commission or committee or as a function of the official position of the officer or employee.
D. 
Fail to disclose publicly on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest the officer or employee has in any matter which he or she officially discusses or on which he or she gives an official opinion before any board, commission or committee of the village.
E. 
Have an interest, directly or indirectly, in any financial, business, commercial or other private transaction or investment which creates a conflict with the official duties of the officer or employee.
F. 
Engage in, solicit, negotiate for or promise to accept private employment or render services for private interests that may create a conflict with or impair the proper discharge of official duties.
G. 
After the termination of service or employment with this municipality, be permitted to appear before any department, board, commission or agency of the Village of Scarsdale in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which the officer or employee personally participated during the period of his or her service of employment.
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 Scarsdale or any board, commission or agency thereof 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.
The Mayor shall cause a copy of this revised Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer and employee of the Village of Scarsdale within 30 days after adoption of this article. Each officer and employee elected or appointed thereafter shall be furnished a copy before entering upon the duties of his or her office or employment.
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 this article may be suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law.
[Adopted 10-27-1970 by resolution; amended in its entirety 11-14-1978 by resolution]
There is hereby established a Board of Ethics of the Village of Scarsdale consisting of five to seven members to be appointed by the Board of Trustees, who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the Board of Trustees. A majority of such members shall be persons who are not officers or employees of the Village of Scarsdale but shall include at least one member who is an elected or appointed officer or employee of the village.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OFFICER or EMPLOYEE
An officer or employee of the Village of Scarsdale, whether paid or unpaid, and, if paid, including all persons working for the village on a regular basis, either full-time or part-time, who receives a salary, retainer or other compensation, but shall not include independent contractors who are requested to do work for the village from time to time under separate agreements or contracts for each project. The terms "officer" and "employee" shall also include members of any board, commission or committee appointed by the Mayor or Board of Trustees, which board, commission or committee shall have authority to make decisions which are final or binding as distinguished from advisory. No person shall be deemed to be a municipal "officer" or "employee" solely by reason of being a volunteer fireman, special policeman or civil defense volunteer except a chief engineer or assistant chief engineer.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.
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 of Scarsdale with respect to Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and any code of ethics adopted pursuant to such article, under such rules and regulations as the Board may prescribe. In addition, the Board may make recommendations with respect to the drafting and adoption of a code of ethics or amendments thereto[1] upon request of the Board of Trustees.
[1]
Editor's Note: For the Code of Ethics, see Art. I of this chapter.
The Board of Trustees may from time to time appropriate moneys for maintenance and personal services in connection with the Board of Ethics.