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Residents wishing to escape the heat can head to the Town Pool at our beautiful Town Park in Mabbettsville.  The park is open for swimming, picnicking and relaxing from 12 noon – 7:00 PM. The daily admission fee is $5.00 per person or family passes may be purchased for the season.  Non-residents are able to […]

Title Name Standard Work Day Term Days/Month Town Clerk Mary Alex 6 Hours 1/1/12 – 12/31/15 20 Highway Sup’t James Brownell 6 Hours 1/1/12 – 12/31/15 20 Town Council Stephen Turletes 6 Hours 1/1/10 – 12/31/13        2 Days Town Justice Elizabeth Shequine 6 Hours 1/1/12 – 12/31/15 3 Town Justice Bruce Aubin […]

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has released their “final draft comprehensive plan” which is posted on the Minutes & Updates page.

Attached below is the draft with changes of an amendment to Section 331 Signs in the Town Code: Sign amendments 032412

AGENDA Town of Washington Town Council July 11, 2012 Pledge of Allegiance Business: Highway Superintendent James Brownell Highway Bids Legislator Michael Kelsey – County Information Supervisor Gary Ciferri: Schedule Special Meeting for Town Board discussion on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Draft Sign Ordinance presented to the Town Board from Planning Board. Correspondence from Rebuilding Together […]

Code of Ethics of the Town of Washington

 Section 1.  Purpose.

             Officers and employees of the Town of Washington hold their positions to serve and benefit the public, and not for obtaining personal or private gain in the exercise and performance of their official powers and duties.  The Town of Washington Town Board recognizes that, in furtherance of this fundamental principle, there is a need for clear and reasonable standards of ethical conduct.  This code of ethics establishes those standards.

Section 2.  Definitions. 

 

(a)  “Board” means the governing board of a municipality and any municipal administrative board (e.g. planning board, zoning board of appeals), commission, or other agency or body comprised of two or more municipal officers or employees.

(b)  “Interest” means a direct or indirect financial or material benefit, but does not include any benefit arising from the provision or receipt of any services generally available to the residents or taxpayers of the municipality or an area of the municipality, or a lawful class of such residents or taxpayers.  A municipal officer or employee is deemed to have an interest in any private organization when he or she, his or her spouse, or a member of his or her household, is an owner, partner, member, director, officer, employee, or directly or indirectly owns or controls more than 5% of the organization’s outstanding stock.

(c )  “Municipality” means Town of Washington.  The word “municipal” refers to the municipality.

(d)  “Municipal officer or employee” means a paid or unpaid officer or employee of the Town of Washington, including, but not limited to, the members of any municipal board.

(e)  “Relative” means a spouse, parent, sibling, or child.

(f)  ”Contract” means any claim, account, or demand against or in agreement with a municipality, express or implied.

Section 3.  Applicability.

 

This code of ethics applies to the officers and employees of the Town of Washington, and shall supersede any prior municipal code of ethics.  The provisions of this code of ethics shall apply in addition to all applicable State and local laws relating to conflicts of interest and ethics including, but not limited to, article 18 of the General Municipal Law and all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Town of Washington. 

 

 

Section 4.  Standards of Conduct.

 

(A)   Prohibition on use of Municipal Position for Personal or Private Gain

No municipal officer or employee shall use his or her municipal position or official powers and duties to secure a financial or material benefit for himself or herself, a relative, or any private organization in which he or she is deemed to have an interest. 

(B)  Disclosure of Interest in Legislation and Other Matters. 

 

To the extent that he or she knows thereof, a member of the Town Board and any officer or employee of the Town of Washington, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussion or gives official opinion to the Town Board on any legislation before the Town Board shall publically disclose on the official record, the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other private interest he or she has in such legislation.

 

(C)  Interests in Contracts.

 

(1)  No municipal officer or employee may have an interest in a contract that is prohibited by section 801 of the General Municipal Law.

(2)  Every municipal officer and employee shall disclose interests in contracts with the municipality at the time and in the manner required by section 803 of the General Municipal Law. 

            (D) Investments in Conflict with Official Duties

 

An officer or employee 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 or her official duties.

(E)  Recusal and Abstention.

A municipal officer or employee shall promptly recuse himself or herself from acting on a matter before the Town when acting on the matter, or failing to act on the matter, may financially benefit the official or employee personally, or a relative, or private organization in which he or she is deemed to have an interest.

(a)    Whenever a Town officer is required to recuse himself or herself under the Code of Ethics he or she shall, immediately refrain from participating further in the matter; promptly file with the Town Clerk a signed statement disclosing the nature and extent of the conflict, and state the information upon the public record of the board.

(b)   Whenever a town employee is required to recuse himself or herself under the Code of Ethics, he or she shall immediately refrain from participating further in the matter, notify his or her superior and promptly file with the Town Clerk a signed statement disclosing the nature and extent of the conflict.

(F)  Representation Before One’s Own Agency

 

An officer or employee shall not receive, or enter into agreement, express or implied for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any municipal agency of which he or she is an officer, member or employee or of any municipal agency over which he or she has jurisdiction or to which he has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.

 

(G)  Representation Before Any Agency for a Contingent Fee

An officer or employee shall not receive, or enter into any agreement, express or implied for compensation for services rendered in relation to any matter before any agency of his municipality, whereby his or her compensation is to be dependent or contingent upon any action by such agency with respect to such matter, provided that this paragraph shall not prohibit the fixing at any time of fees based upon the reasonable value of services rendered.

 

(H)  Personal Representations and Claims Permitted.

 

This code shall not be construed as prohibiting a municipal officer or employee from:

            (a)  representing himself or herself, or his or her spouse or minor children before the municipality; or

            (b)  asserting a claim against the municipality on his or her own behalf, or on behalf of his or her spouse or minor children.

(I)  Use of Municipal Resources

(1)  Municipal resources shall be used for lawful municipal purposes.  Municipal resources include, but are not limited to, municipal personnel, and the municipality’s money, vehicles, equipment, materials, supplies or other property. 

(2)  No municipal officer or employee may use or permit the use of municipal resources for personal or private purposes, but this provision shall not be construed as prohibiting:

(a)    any use of municipal resources authorized by law or municipal policy;

(b)    the use of municipal resources for personal or private purposes when provided to a municipal officer or employee as part of his or her compensation; or

(c)    the occasional and incidental use during the business day of municipal telephones and computers for necessary personal matters such as family care and changes in work schedule.

(d)   No municipal officer or employee shall cause the municipality to spend more than is reasonably necessary for transportation, meals or lodging in connection with official travel.

(J)  Political Solicitations

(1)  No municipal officer or employee shall directly or indirectly compel or induce a subordinate municipal officer or employee to make, or promise to make, any political contribution, whether by gift of money, service or other thing of value.

(2)  No municipal officer or employee may act or decline to act in relation to appointing, hiring or promoting, discharging, disciplining, or in any manner changing the official rank, status or compensation of any municipal officer or employee, or an applicant for a position as a municipal officer or employee, on the basis of the giving or withholding or neglecting to make any contribution of money or service or any other valuable thing for any political purpose.

 

(K)  Confidential Information

 

            No municipal officer or employee who acquires confidential information in the course of exercising or performing his or her official powers or duties may disclose or use such information unless the disclosure or use is required by law or in the course of exercising or performing his or her official powers and duties.

 

(L)  Gifts

 

A municipal official or employee shall not directly or indirectly solicit any gift; or accept or receive any gift having a value of seventy five dollars ($75) 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 be reasonably be inferred that the gift was intended to influence him or her in the performance of official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his or her part.

 

(M)  Future employment

 

Any officer or employee shall not appear or practice before the Town, except on his or her behalf, or receive compensation for working on any matter before the Town, on any issue he or she personally and substantially participated in while serving as a municipal officer or employee.

Section  5.  Board of Ethics

 

(a)  There is hereby established a board of ethics for the municipality.  The board of ethics shall consist of three members, a majority of whom shall not be officers or employees of the municipality.  The members of such board of ethics shall be appointed by the Town Board, serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, and receive no salary or compensation for their services as members of the board of ethics.

(b)  The board of ethics shall render advisory opinions to the officers and employees of the Town of Washington with respect to article 18 of the General Municipal Law and this code.  Such advisory opinions must be rendered pursuant to the written request of any such officer or employee under such rules and regulations as the board of ethics may prescribe.  The board of ethics shall have the advice of legal counsel employed by the board, or if none, the municipality’s legal counsel.  In addition, the board of ethics may make recommendations with respect to the drafting and adoption of a code of ethics, or amendments thereto, upon the request of the Town of Washington.

Section  6.  Posting and Distribution

(a)  The Town Supervisor must promptly cause a copy of this code, and a copy of any amendment to this code, to be posted publicly and conspicuously in each building under the municipality’s control.  The code must be posted within ten days following the date on which the code takes effect.  An amendment to the code must be posted within ten days following the date on which the amendment takes effect.

(b)  The Town Supervisor must promptly cause a copy of this code, including any amendments to the code, to be distributed to every person who is or becomes an officer and employee of the Town of Washington. 

(c)  Every municipal officer or employee who receives a copy of this code or an amendment to the code must acknowledge such receipt in writing.  Such acknowledgments must be filed with the Town Clerk who must maintain such acknowledgments as a public record.

 (d)  The failure to post this code or an amendment to the code does not affect either the applicability or enforceability of the code or the amendment.  The failure of a municipal officer or employee to receive a copy of this code of ethics or an amendment to the code, or to acknowledge receipt thereof in writing, does not affect either the applicability or enforceability of the code or amendment to the code.

Section  7.  Enforcement/Penalties

 

            Any municipal officer or employee who violates this code may be censured, fined, suspended or removed from office or employment in the manner provided by law.  

            AND, be it further resolved that this resolution shall replace and supersede in its entirety the Resolution of the Town Board of the Town of Washington adopted on January 7, 1971 which enacted a Code of Ethics and established a Board of Ethics.

The foregoing resolution was duly put to a vote which resulted as follows:

                        Supervisor Ciferri                                            Aye

                        Councilman Turletes                                       Aye

                        Councilman Audia                                          Aye    

                        Councilwoman Mosca                                    Aye

                        Councilman DeBonis                                      Aye

June 14, 2012

The Town is seeking bids for the following: TOWN OF WASHINGTON NOTICE TO BIDDERS In accordance with the provisions of Section 103 of the General Municipal Law, the Town Board of the Town of Washington, Millbrook, N.Y. hereby invites the submission of sealed bids for the following item: One (1) New 2012 or 2013 4 […]

NOTICE OF TENTATIVE COMPLETION OF ASSESSMENT ROLL Pursuant to Section 506 & 526 of Real Property Tax Law: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Assessor of the Town of Washington, County of Dutchess, has completed his tentative assessment roll for the current year, a copy of which is filed with the Town Clerk. The Assessor […]

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TAKE NOTICE, that the Town Board of the Town of Washington will hold a public hearing at the Town Hall, 10 Reservoir Drive, Millbrook, New York on May 10, 2012 at 7 o’clock, p.m., on Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2012, TO ESTABLISH: (1) THE JOINT DISASTER PREPAREDNESS COUNCIL […]

AGENDA Town of Washington Town Council April 12, 2012   7:00 PM Pledge of Allegiance Business: Legislator Michael Kelsey – County Information Supervisor Gary Ciferri:                 -Hydrofracking Conference, May 5th at Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Public invited                 -Open Public Hearing  – Local Law “Flood Damage Prevention”                 -Schedule Public Hearing for Revised Emergency Preparedness Legislation […]

AGENDA Town of Washington March 8, 2012 Supervisor Ciferri: Open the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance Business Legislator Michael Kelsey: Report on Dutchess County Legislative Activities Supervisor Ciferri: Update regarding the request from Doug & Cheryl Giles to NYS DOT Traffic Study DOT study – signs only Notification regarding Taconic Pkwy Bridge Repair Board […]