Lawmakers call for Sullivan to be removed from ethics committee

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POUGHKEEPSIE – The Democratic caucus of the Dutchess County Legislature is calling for Ethics Committee Chairwoman Tara Sullivan to resign or be removed by County Executive Marc Molinaro after a report says she broke the law.  The demand was made in a letter to Molinaro dated December 2.


The latest call for Sullivan’s resignation comes a day after the Dutchess County Democratic Committee issued a statement calling for Sullivan’s removal from the county’s ethics committee after Mid-Hudson News published a story concerning Sullivan’s actions while serving as Acting Executive Director of the New York State Bridge Authority.  


On Wednesday, Sullivan said she would not step down her committee post.  “I do not intend to resign my role as Chair of the Dutchess County Ethics Board as long as the County Executive continues to want my service,” adding “I have done nothing unethical.”  Sullivan was nominated for the position by Molinaro and confirmed by the legislature.


The caucus letter to Molinaro says in part, “Following the New York State Inspector General’s Office report released this week, which found that then Acting Executive Director of the NYS Bridge Authority Tara Sullivan violated the law, we the undersigned members call for her immediate resignation or your removal of her as Chair of the Dutchess County Board of Ethics and that she permanently step down or be removed from the Board.”

The State Inspector General document says Sullivan violated the law in a “spy-cam” scandal.  The full account can be found HERE.