Actually, the Law requires each municipality to have a code of ethics, and they may establish an ethics board. The code should specify where complaints or inquiries should be directed.
At the County, for example, a Board Committee is responsible for ethics, but I don't think they answer questions or issue opinions. I think that is the HR director and County Attorney:
COMMITTEE NO. 5 – HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES: (Chair Ron McGreevy, Vice-Chair Greg Lazzaro, Robert Hayssen, Michael Reynolds, Lisa Hochadel)
Responsible for the Human Resources Department, Insurance, Risk Management, Worker Compensation and Third Party Administrator, Labor Management, Civil Service employee contracts, salaries, benefits, ethics and affirmative action program
Section 806(1)(a) of the General Municipal Law provides that the governing body of every county, city, town, village, school district and fire district shall and the governing body of any other municipality may by local law, ordinance or resolution adopt a code of ethics. Section 808(1) states that the governing body of a county may establish a county board of ethics, and subdivision (2) indicates that it “shall render advisory opinions to officers and employees of municipalities wholly or partly within the county...” Subdivision (3) authorizes any municipality other than a county to establish a local board of ethics, which has the same powers and duties with respect to that municipality as the county board of ethics. In short, although thousands of municipalities other than counties are required to adopt codes of ethics, while many choose to do so, they are not required to create ethics boards.
Seems to me separate board would better protect the public.
So some people think Seneca Falls needs an ethics committee. First question, who gets to choose who is on such a committee ?