[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Endicott 10-23-1989 by L.L. No. 5-1989 as Ch. 16 of the 1989 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Endicott 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 Endicott These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Village of Endicott 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 the 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 to a Village officer or employee or to a Village officer's or employee's spouse, minor children and 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 or director; or a corporation, any stock of which is accrued or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee.
- VILLAGE OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- An officer or employee of the Village of Endicott, whether paid or unpaid, including members of any administrative board, commission or other agency thereof. No person shall be deemed to be a "Village officer or employee" solely by reason of being a volunteer fireman or civil defense volunteer, except as Chief Engineer or Assistant Chief Engineer.
Every officer or employee of the Village of Endicott shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
Gifts. No officer or employee of the Village, whether paid or unpaid, shall directly or indirectly solicit, accept or receive any gift or gratuity, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment or any other form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him, or could reasonably be expected to influence him, in the performances of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part, from any person, firm or corporation which is directly or indirectly related in any manner whatsoever in any business or professional transaction or dealing with the Village or any agency thereof.
Confidential information. He shall not disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of his official duties or use such information to further his personal interest.
Representation before one's own agency. He 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 Village agency of which he is an officer, member or employee or of any Village agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
Representation before any agency of officers or employees of the Village. He 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.
Disclosure of interest in legislation. To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Board of Trustees and any officer or employee of the Village of Endicott, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board of Trustees on any legislation before the Village Board or any board, agency, department or other administrative unit of the Village of Endicott shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he has in such legislation.
Investments in conflict with official duties. He 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 official duties.
Private employment He 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 official duties.
Future employment. He shall not, after the termination of service or employment with the Village, appear before any board, agency, department or other administrative unit of the Village of Endicott in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which he personally participated during the period of his service or employment or which was under his active consideration.
Use of Village property. He shall not, directly or indirectly, use or allow the use of property of any kind owned by the Village of Endicott, including property leased to the Village, for other than official business.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former Village officer or employee of any claim, account, demand or suit against the Village of Endicott, 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 Endicott shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer and employee of the Village of Endicott 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.
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 code may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law.