October 25, 2011 •
Suffolk County Legislature Passes Bills Aimed at Cleaning Up County Ethics
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK: The Suffolk County Legislature has approved two bills that would overhaul the county’s ethics rules. One bill would create a five-member board of ethics, to replace the three-member commission. The county executive would appoint two members, and the legislature’s presiding officer, majority leader, and minority leader would each appoint one member. All appointees would require confirmation by the legislature.
The other bill consolidates disclosure and ethics requirements into one section of the county code. The bills are awaiting action by the County Executive.
The Suffolk County Ethics Commission is currently under investigation as a grand jury determines if the County Executive attempted to influence actions of the commission, and if the commission disclosed confidential information.
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