No officer or 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 conflict with the proper discharge of his duties in the public interest.
No officer or employee of the County of Monroe shall have an interest, direct or indirect, in any manner whatsoever except by operation of law, in any business or professional dealings with the County of Monroe or any agency thereof.
No officer or employee of the County of Monroe shall act as attorney, agent, broker, representative or employee in business or professional dealings with the County or any agency thereof for any person or corporation in which he has a direct or indirect interest.
No officer or employee shall 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.
No officer or employee shall engage in, solicit, negotiate for or promise to accept private employment or render services for private interest when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties.
No officer or employee shall, after the termination of service or employment with such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the County of Monroe 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.
No officer or employee shall disclose confidential information acquired by him in the course of his official duties or use such information to advance the financial or private interest of himself or others.
One's own agency. No officer or employee shall 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 before any municipal agency over which he has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
Before any agency for a contingent fee. No officer or employee shall 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 whereby his compensation is to be dependent or contingent upon any action by such agency with respect to such matter, provided that this subsection shall not prohibit the fixing at any time of fees based upon the reasonable value of the services rendered.
Courts. No officer or employee shall represent private interests in any action or proceeding against the interest of the County in any litigation to which the County is a party. If said officer is a lawyer, he should not engage in activities in which his personal or professional interests are or foreseeably may be in conflict with his official duties.
[Amended 7-9-2013 by L.L. No. 7-2013]
No officer or employee shall, directly or indirectly, solicit any gift or accept or receive any gift having more than a nominal value, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or in any other form, from any person, firm, corporation or other entity that has a direct or indirect interest in any contract for the provision of goods or services to the County of Monroe or any agency thereof. The term “gift” shall be defined pursuant to New York Legislative Law §1-c(j) as amended from time to time. Any local development corporation contracting with the County of Monroe shall include the requirements of the County Code of Ethics in its code of ethics.
Every officer or employee should 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. He should not use or attempt to use his official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for himself or others. He should 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, position or influence of any party or person.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to the designation of a bank or trust company as a depository, paying agency, registration agent or other investment in funds of the County in which the municipal officer or employee has an interest by reason of stock holdings when less than 5% of the outstanding stock of the corporation is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such officer or employee except when the Chief Fiscal Officer, the Treasurer or his deputy or employee has an interest in such bank or trust company.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to the designation of a newspaper, including but not limited to an official newspaper for the publication of any notice, resolution, ordinance or other proceeding where such publication is required or authorized by law.