Board of Ethics

Coronavirus Response Update: In adherence to States of Emergency at the National, State, and Local Level, the Governor’s Executive Order Number 202, and guidelines from National, State, and Local Health authorities, the Board of Ethics will not be conducting in-person meetings at the present time. 

 Meetings will be held online, and below will be the public link for the meeting.   The Board of Ethics meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 6 has been cancelled.  There is no new business to discuss at this time.

 Interested public may attend at the following link: https://cityofrochester.zoom.us/j/________ (Webinar ID: _____________) or by calling one of the following numbers: +1 301 715 8592, +1 312 626 6799, +1 346 248 7799 , +1 646 558 8656, +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782.

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About the Board

The Board of Ethics is a seven-member board established by Section 2-18 of the City Charter and appointed by the City Council.  The board renders written advisory opinions to City officers and employees with respect to the City’s Code of Ethics and Article 18 of the General Municipal Law.  Any relevant matter may be brought before the Board for an opinion upon the written request of any City officer or employee or upon the initiative of the Board.  Any opinions rendered by the Board are forwarded both to the requesting person and the affected City officer or employee and filed in the office of the City Clerk.  Requests for advisory opinions and the resulting opinions are available for public inspection and copying pursuant to the provisions and procedures of the Freedom of Information Law and of the City Charter.  In addition, the Board may make recommendations to the City Council with respect to the drafting and adoption of amendments to the Code of Ethics.

Ethics Board Membership

Pursuant to the City Charter, Ethics Board members consist of one City Councilperson, a department head or other City officer or employee of equivalent rank or title designated by the Mayor, who serves as the Board’s Secretary, and five other members who shall not be City officers or employees, not more than three of whom out of the five shall be members of the same political party.

Current Board Members 

  • Carl Steinbrenner, Chairman
  • Honorable Loretta Scott
  • Timothy Weir, Secretary
  • Naimah Sierra
  • Mia Hodgins
  • James Patterson
  • Kevin Graham
  • *Deputy Corporation Counsel Tim Curtin serves as Legal Adviser to the Board 

Ethics Board Meetings 2020

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, City Council Chambers at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are open to the public. (Remote meeting details at top of page)        

  • January 14 - Canceled
  • February 11 - Canceled 
  • March 10 - Canceled 
  • April 7  - Canceled 
  • May 5  - Remote access. 
  • June 9  - Remote access.
  • July 14  - Remote access. See note above  
  • August 11 - Canceled   
  • September 8 - Canceled   
  • October 6 - Canceled
  • November 17   
  • December 8 
  •    

2020 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

 
 February   Agenda    Minutes    Advisory Opinion  
 March  Agenda       Minutes  Advisory Opinion
 April  Agenda   Minutes  Advisory Opinion
 May  Agenda  Minutes   Advisory Opinion
June  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion
July Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion

 

Ethics Board Meetings 2019

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, City Council Chambers at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are open to the public.

  • January 8
  • March 12
  • October 8 

2019 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

January   Agenda     Minutes    Advisory Opinion 2018-2  
 Advisory Opinion 2018-3    
  Advisory Opinion 2018-4
 Advisory Opinion 2018-5    
 Advisory Opinion 2018-8 
 Advisory Opinion 2018-9
March   Agenda        Minutes  Advisory Opinion 2018-7    
 Advisory Opinion 2019-1 
 Advisory Opinion 2019-2
October   Agenda   Minutes   Advisory Opinion

 

Ethics Board Meetings 2018

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room 208A at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are open to the public.

  • January 16
  • April 10
  • May 8
  • July 10
  • August 14
  • September 11
  • October 9
  • November 13

2018 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

January  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinions
April  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinions
May  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinions
July  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinions
August  Agenda   Minutes  Advisory Opinions
September  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinions
October  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinions
November  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinions

 

 Ethics Board Meetings 2017

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room 208A at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are open to the public.

  • June 13
  • July 11
  • August 8
  • December 12

2017 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

June  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion 
July  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion
August  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinion
December  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion

 

 Ethics Board Meetings 2016

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room 208A at 6:30 PM.  All meetings are open to the public.

  • January 25, 2016

 2016 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

January  Agenda Minutes   Advisory Opinion

Ethics Board Meetings 2015

 The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room 208A, at 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   All meetings are open to the public.

  • February 10, 2015
  • March 10, 2015
  • April 21, 2015
  • May 12, 2015

 2015 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

February  Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion
March  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinion
April Agenda  Minutes Advisory Opinion
May  Agenda  Minutes  Advisory Opinion

 

Ethics Board Meetings 2014

The Ethics Board meetings are held at City Hall, Conference Room 208A at 6:30 PM on a monthly basis. All meetings are open to the public.

  • May 13, 2014
  • June 10, 2014
  • July 15, 2014
  • August 12, 2014
  • September 9, 2014
  • October 21, 2014
  • November 18, 2014
  • December 9, 2014

2014 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions

May  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion
June  Agenda    Minutes    Advisory Opinion  
July  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion
August  Agenda   Minutes Advisory Opinion
September  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion
October  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion
November  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion
December  Agenda    Minutes   Advisory Opinion