Board of Ethics

The Board of Ethics meeting scheduled for Tuesday May 3 has been cancelled.  There is no new business to discuss at this time.  The next Board of Ethics meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 PM.  Per Senate Bill S50001, signed into law by Governor Kathy Hochul on September 2, 2021, the City currently is not conducting in-person meetings.  If this is still the case at the time of the next Board of Ethics meeting,  it will be streamed on Zoom and a link to join the meeting will be provided below prior to the meeting date.

 

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
  • City Council member to be determined
  • Timothy Weir, Secretary
  • Douglas Escher
  • Mia Cannon
  • James Patterson
  • Kevin Graham
  • *Corporation Counsel Linda Kingsley serves as Legal Adviser to the Board 

Ethics Board Meetings 2022

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

 

  • January 11 - Cancelled
  • February 8 - Cancelled
  • March 8 - Cancelled
  • April 5 - Cancelled
  • May 3 - Cancelled
  • June 7
  • July 12
  • August 9
  • September 13
  • October 11
  • November 22
  • December 13

 

June Agenda Minutes Advisory Opinion
July Agenda Minutes Advisory Opinion

 Ethics Board Meetings 2021

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

 

  • January 12 - Cancelled
  • February 9 - Cancelled
  • March 9 - Cancelled
  • April 6 - Cancelled
  • May 4 - Cancelled
  • June 8 Remote access.
  • July 13
  • August 10 - Cancelled
  • September 7 - Remote access.
  • October 5 - Cancelled
  • November 16 - Remote access.
  • December 7 - Remote access.

 

 2021 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinion

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.   

  •  May 5 - Remote access. 

     

  • June 9 - Remote access.

  • July 14 - Remote access

 

   2020 Agendas, Minutes and Advisory Opinions 

 
 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