[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lake Grove 11-16-1978 as Ch. 7 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to the provisions of § 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Village Board of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove 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 Incorporated Village of Lake Grove. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove.
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 contracts of municipal officers and employees.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A direct or indirect pecuniary or material benefit accruing to a village employee as the result of a contract with the village. For the purposes of this chapter, a village employee shall be deemed to have an interest in the contract of:
- A. His spouse, minor children and dependents, except a contract of employment with the Village of Lake Grove.
- B. A firm, partnership or association of which such village employee is a member or employee.
- C. A corporation of which such village employee is an officer, director or employee.
- D. A corporation, any stock of which is owned or controlled directly or indirectly by such village employee.
- MUNICIPAL OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE
- Any officer or employee of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove, whether paid or unpaid, elected or appointed, including members of any administrative board, commission, committee or other agency thereof. It shall also include the Village Attorney or any Special Attorneys of the Village of Lake Grove, paid or unpaid, the Village Justice and Acting Village Justice. 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 Fire Chief or Assistant Fire Chief.
Every officer or employee of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove 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 $75 or more, whether in the form of money, services, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality 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.
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 before 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 agency for a contingent fee. 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 this municipality, 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.
Disclosure of interest in legislation. To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Village Board and any officer or employee of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Village Board on any legislation before the Village Board, 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 such municipality, appear before any board or agency of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove 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.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former municipal officer or employee of any claim, account, demand or suit against the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove 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 or claim authorized or permitted by law.
The Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove shall cause a copy of this Code of Ethics to be distributed to every officer and employee of the village within 10 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.
The Mayor, as chief executive officer of the village, shall receive any complaint concerning provisions of this chapter and shall cause the complaint to be investigated. The results of said investigation shall be presented to the Village Board within 30 days, and the matter may, upon motion of the Board, be referred to the Suffolk County Board of Ethics, which is hereby adopted as the Board of Ethics for the village.
Any violation of any provisions of this chapter shall constitute cause for an imposition of a fine, suspension or removal from office or employment, in addition to such other penalty contained in or as may be imposed or adjudged for violation of any provisions of any state, county or village law or ordinance. An officer or employee who knowingly and willfully makes a false statement or gives information which he knows to be false in any written statement required to be filed in reference to any matters pertaining to the provisions as required in this Code of Ethics shall be guilty of a violation of the provisions of the Public Officers Law or General Municipal Law or any other state, county or village law or ordinance.