[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont 11-14-1977 by L.L. No. 27-1977 as Ch. 8 of the 1977 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is deemed to be in the public interest that a Code of Ethics for public officers and employees be established, and therefore, pursuant to § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Trustees of the Village of Piermont, recognizing 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 local government, does hereby establish a Code of Ethics to serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Village of Piermont.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a municipal officer or employee unless the context otherwise requires. "Interest" as used herein also includes a pecuniary or material benefit accruing to the municipal officer's or employee's spouse, minor dependents and children; firm, a partnership or association of which said officer or employee is a member or employee; a corporation of which such officer or employee is an officer, director or employee; and a corporation, any stock of which is accrued or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- An officer or employee of the Village of Piermont, whether paid or unpaid, including members of any administrative board, commission or other agency thereof. No person shall be deemed to be a municipal officer or employee solely by reason of being a volunteer fireman or civil defense volunteer, except a Chief Engineer or Assistant Chief Engineer.
Every officer or employee of the Village of Piermont shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
Gifts. He shall not directly or indirectly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $25 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 him, or could reasonably be expected to influence him, in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.
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. He shall not disclose, without proper authorization, any confidential information concerning the affairs of the Village of Piermont. Any inquiring person shall be directed to the public records of the Village. Records of all Village departments not stated to be public records shall be considered confidential.
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 municipal agency of which he is an officer, member or employee or of any municipal agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
Representation before any Board, Commission or Agency of the Village of Piermont. No officer or employee of the Village shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any municipal Board, Commission or Agency of the Village of Piermont.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by L.L. No. 10-1992]
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 Piermont, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Board on any legislation before the Board of Trustees 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.
Private employment. He shall not engage in, solicit, negotiate for or promise to accept private employment or render service for private interests when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties. The following regulations concern the particular office or department stated:
Office of the Building Inspector. Neither the Building Inspector, nor any assistant, shall within the Village of Piermont engage in the real estate, insurance, building contracting or building material business during the course of his employment. This shall not prevent a Building Inspector or other employee of said department who has a real estate license or an insurance license in effect at the time he became an inspector or employee from continuing such license in effect.
Office of the Board of Assessors. The Chairman of the Board of Assessors, Assessor, part-time assessors or any employee or consultant thereof shall not use the records and information of his department for any private use whatever.
Future employment. No former employee or officer of the Village of Piermont, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, shall appear before any board or agency of the Village of Piermont in relation to any case, proceeding or application in which he personally participated or which was under his active consideration during the period of his service or employment.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former municipal officer or employee of any account, demand or suit against the Village of Piermont 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 Piermont shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer and employee of the Village 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. Failure to distribute any such copy or failure of any officer or employee to receive such copy shall have no effect on the duties or compliance with such code nor the enforcement of provisions thereof.
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.