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Ulster officials considering changes to how ethics board is appointed

Aug 14, 2018 7:00 am
Patricia Doxsey is reporting for the Daily Freeman the Ulster County Legislature will vote August 14, on a local law that would shift the majority of appointments to the five-member Board of Ethics from the county executive to county lawmakers. Under the proposal, the Legislature chairman, majority leader and minority leader would each have the authority to appoint one member to the board. Those appointments would be subject to confirmation by the full Legislature. The county executive would have the authority to appoint two members to the board. Currently the county executive appoints all five members to the board, but the county Legislature must confirm those appointments. Ulster County Deputy Executive Ken Crannell said if the law is passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, Ulster County would become the second county in the state to deviate from the requirements of New York state General Municipal Law that provide for the appointments to be made by the county executive. Legislature Chairman Ken Ronk said the change would provide “more points of view” on the Board of Ethics. Opponents questioned the motivation of the sponsors of the measure and said the change puts the county in violation of state law. Tom Kadgen, a member of the Ulster County Chapter of the League of Women Voters, said that organization would actively oppose the change. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.