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New Dutchess government code of ethics, term limits move forward

POUGHKEEPSIE – A revamped Dutchess County code of ethics and term limits both moved forward in legislative committee Thursday evening.

The code will require candidates for county-wide office to fill out a financial disclosure; will prohibit elected officials from requesting political work from their employees; will disclose outside income; would strengthen the board of ethics powers and duties; and include a clear and concise recusal process if a conflict exists.

Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver believes the proposed changes would not be too onerous for officials to follow.

“It makes everything in the daylight,” Pulver said. “So far those issues haven’t been an issue in Dutchess County, but we want to make sure that everybody knows that if there is a conflict; that it has already been disclosed and we are doing the best we can to make sure there are no conflicts of interest. Transparency at its finest.”

Under the term limit plan, county legislators would serve for no more than six two-year terms and the county executive would serve for a maximum of three four-year terms.

 


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