Town of Evans, NY
Erie County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Evans 6-3-1970 by L.L. No. 2-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Defense and indemnification — See Ch. 12.

§ 16-1 Legislative intent.

[Amended 12-15-1993 by L.L. No. 13-1993]
The Town Board of the Town of Evans recognizes that there are state statutory provisions mandating towns to establish rules and standards of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which, if observed, can enhance public confidence in local government. In the light of a tendency today on the part of some people to downgrade our local governments and to discredit our public servants and our free institutions generally, it appears necessary that every effort be made to assure the highest caliber of public administration of this Town as part of our state's important system of local government. It is the purpose of this chapter to implement this objective through the establishment of standards of conduct to provide for punishment of violation of such standards.

§ 16-2 Standards to be additional.

The standards, prohibited acts and procedures established herein are in addition to any prohibited acts, conflicts of interest provisions or procedures prescribed by statute of the State of New York and also in addition to common law rules and judicial decisions relating to the conduct of Town officers to the extent that the same are more severe in their application than this chapter.

§ 16-3 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
TOWN
Any board, commission, district, council or other agency, department or unit of the government of the Town of Evans.
TOWN EMPLOYEE
Any officer or employee of the Town of Evans, whether paid or unpaid, whether serving in a full-time, part-time or advisory capacity. No person shall be deemed to be a "town employee" solely by reason of being a volunteer fireman or civil defense volunteer.
[Amended 12-15-1993 by L.L. No. 13-1993]

§ 16-4 Conflicts of interest.

No Town employee shall have any interest, financial or otherwise, direct or indirect, or engage in any business or transaction or professional activity or incur any obligation of any nature which is in substantial conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest.

§ 16-5 Standards of conduct.

A. 
No Town employee shall accept other employment which will impair his independence of judgment in the exercise of his official duties.
B. 
No Town employee shall accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity which will require him to disclose confidential information which he has gained by reason of his official position or authority.
C. 
No Town employee shall use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or others. No Town employee shall directly or indirectly solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, service, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or in any form, under circumstances in which it could reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him in the performance of his official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his part.
[Amended 12-15-1993 by L.L. No. 13-1993]
D. 
No Town employee shall engage in any transaction as representative or agent of the Town with any business entity in which he has a direct or indirect financial interest that might reasonably tend to conflict with the proper discharge of his official duties.
E. 
A Town employee shall not, by his conduct, give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence him or unduly enjoy his favor in the performance of his official duties or that he is affected by the kinship, rank, position or influence of any party or person.
F. 
Each Town employee shall abstain from making personal investments in enterprises which he has reason to believe may be directly involved in decisions to be made by him or which will otherwise create substantial conflict between his duty in the public interest and his private interest.
G. 
Each Town employee shall endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation of his trust.
H. 
No Town employee employed on a full-time basis, nor any firm or association of which such employee is a member, nor any corporation, a substantial portion of the stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such employee, shall sell goods or services to any person, firm, corporation or association which is licensed or whose rates are fixed by the Town in which such employee serves or is employed.
I. 
Each Town employee shall, to the extent that he is cognizant thereof, disclose any interest he may have in legislation before the Town Board.
J. 
No Town employee, within two years after the termination of his service or employment with the Town, shall accept employment which will involve contacts with the Town which can work to his special advantage by virtue of his prior contact and relationship with the Town.

§ 16-6 Voidance of contracts.

[Added 12-15-1993 by L.L. No. 13-1993]
Any contract knowingly entered into by and with the Town of Evans, or any agency thereof, in which there is an interest prohibited by this chapter shall be null, void and wholly unenforceable.

§ 16-7 Penalties for offenses.

In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any such Town employee who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of this chapter may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment in the manner provided by law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 7-7, Board of Ethics established, § 7-8, Powers advisory, and § 7-9, Rules for procedure; records, which immediately followed this section, were repealed at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.

§ 16-8 Distribution; posting.

Upon the adoption of this chapter, the Town Supervisor shall cause a copy thereof to be distributed to every Town employee of this Town. Failure to distribute any such copy or failure of any Town employee to receive such copy shall have no effect on the duty of compliance with this code, nor the enforcement of provisions hereof. The Town Supervisor shall further cause a copy of this chapter to be kept posted conspicuously in each public building under the jurisdiction of the Town. Failure to so post this chapter shall have no effect on the duty of compliance herewith, nor the enforcement provisions hereof.

§ 16-9 Filing.

Within 30 days of the adoption of this chapter, the Town Clerk shall file a copy thereof in the office of the State Comptroller.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 7-12, Appropriation of moneys for Board of Ethics, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.