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Nassau County Legislature Unanimously Approves ‘Good Government’ Reforms

The Nassau County Legislature has unanimously voted to establish an office of the Inspector General, adding yet another layer of transparency to Nassau County government. The measure, which was the result of reconciliation of versions of the legislation introduced by the Republican majority and Democratic minority caucuses, was adopted at the final meeting of the Legislature’s 11th Term which ended on December 31st.

 

The Inspector General will have sweeping powers to investigate corruption, waste and fraud in Nassau County government operations. The position will also have the authority to subpoena witnesses during the course of any investigations.

 

In addition to creating the Inspector General position, the Legislature also passed a law limiting the amount of time a commissioner of a department can serve as an “acting commissioner.” Currently, a commissioner may be appointed by the County Executive with a temporary “acting” title. The use of “acting” title interfered with the oversight obligation of the Legislature.

 

Under the new law, the County Executive must forward the appointment of a commissioner to the County Legislature within six-months of the appointment for a confirmation vote, absent some extenuating circumstances.

 

“These initiatives are the latest in a series of measures passed by the Legislature to ensure that Nassau County government is the most transparent and accountable in New York State,” said Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello.

 

Legislator Steve Rhoads, a co-sponsor of both initiatives, was excited by the progress. “Good government shouldn’t just be a slogan candidates use at campaign time”, said Legislator Rhoads, “it is a duty which every elected official owes to their constituents.” “Independent oversight through an Inspector General together with true legislative oversight through the confirmation of executive appointments brings us closer to that goal”, he concluded.

 

These measures were added to the list of comprehensive reforms sponsored by Legislator Rhoads and the Republican majority which became law during the Legislature’s 11th Term, including the banning of convicted felons from holding County elected or appointed office; the addition of a Director of Procurement Compliance; the strengthening of the powers of the County’s Board of Ethics and Commissioner of Investigations and an overhaul of the County’s contracting and procurement process to require additional disclosures of lobbyist activities; campaign contributions to elected officials and an expansion of legislative oversight by mandating legislative review to all County contracts with a value in excess of $1,000.

 

“For as long as the people of the 19th Legislative District allow me to serve, I will strive to make County government more open, more transparent and more accountable to them”, said Legislator Rhoads.

 

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Saladino, Town Board Approve Inspector General to Further Enhance Transparency, Integrity & Ethics

Town of Oyster Bay is Now Accepting Resumes

 

Building on earlier initiatives to enhance transparency and ethics, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board today approved a local law to create an Office of Inspector General to oversee all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes. In October 2017, the Town Board took the historic action of being the first local municipality to approve funding for such an office.

 

“To restore the public’s trust in government, the Town Board and I took swift action to install a new, independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight. We have instituted disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and high level employees to prevent conflicts of interest and improprieties. A former Federal prosecutor was appointed to serve as Town Attorney and employees – as well as elected officials – have been mandated to attend an ethics training seminar,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Building upon these initiatives to restore ethics, honesty, integrity and transparency, the Town will hire an Inspector General to administer all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes.”

 

The Inspector General will be charged with standardizing the Town’s purchasing and contract administration; monitoring compliance with all applicable procurement guideline policies, and requirements of federal, state and local laws; providing technical expertise to ensure all contracts, requests for proposals and bid solicitations are posted on the Town’s website, and expanding the Town’s access to municipal and state electronic systems to verify the qualifications and standing of potential contractors.

 

The Inspector General will have the authority to review the records of all Town departments as he or she may deem to be for the best financial interest of the Town, of the accounts, financial methods and financial activities of each department, office or agency of the Town and report to the Supervisor and Town Board the findings therein.

 

Requirements for the position’s consideration include: a Graduate Degree, Juris Doctorate, MBA, Finance Degree or comparable degree from an accredited college or university; minimum of five years’ experience in public or quasi-public sector; and a minimum of three years’ experience as a supervisor of high level public or quasi-public sector staff. Applicants may email their resume to personnel@oysterbay-ny.gov or mail to Vicki Spinelli, Department of Human Resources, 54 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771.

 

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Saladino, Johnson Announce Inspector General Position to Further Enhance Transparency, Integrity and Ethics

First Long Island Municipality to Hire Inspector General

 

Building on their earlier initiatives to enhance transparency and ethics, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino and members of the Town Board announced that the Town will be the first local municipality to hire an Inspector General, after a hearing is held to establish the position on October 17th. The Inspector General will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes.“To restore the public’s trust in government, the Town Board and I took swift action to install a new, independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight. We have instituted disclosure requirements for contractors and vendors.

 

“To restore the public’s trust in government, the Town Board and I took swift action to install a new, independent Board of Ethics with real and meaningful oversight. We have instituted disclosure requirements for contractors, vendors and high level employees to prevent conflicts of interest and improprieties. A former Federal prosecutor was appointed to serve as Town Attorney and employees – as well as elected officials – have been mandated to attend an ethics training seminar,” stated Supervisor Saladino. “Building upon these initiatives to restore ethics, honesty, integrity and transparency, the 2018 Proposed Budget includes the hiring of an Inspector General to administer all aspects of the Town’s contracting processes.”

 

The Inspector General will be charged with standardizing the Town’s purchasing and contract administration; monitoring compliance with all applicable procurement guideline policies, and requirements of federal, state and local laws; providing technical expertise to ensure all contracts, requests for proposals and bid solicitations are posted on the Town’s website, and expanding the Town’s access to municipal and state electronic systems to verify the qualifications and standing of potential contractors.

 

Councilwoman Johnson added, “Sunlight was needed, and the Town Board and Supervisor shed it on all town functions. To enhance transparency, we enhanced live-streaming of town board meetings and work sessions so that the public may view these meetings from the comfort of their own home. These reforms were long overdue and the good-government organization, Reclaim New York, recognized our actions. The Town of Oyster Bay is the first government in the State to partner with Reclaim New York to proactively improve transparency and provide residents unprecedented access to government. We will also be the first local government to build upon these efforts by hiring an Inspector General.”

 

The Inspector General will have the authority to examine the records of all Town departments, and make any examinations as he or she may deem to be best for our Town. The Inspector General will also have full authority to examine the workings of each department with respect to contracts and all Town accounts, and will report their findings to the Town Board as well as work closely with the Board of Ethics. The position will also have subpoena power.

 

Requirements for the position’s consideration include: a former judge, prosecutor, or individual with comparable experience, with a Juris Doctorate (JD) or Criminal Justice Degree from an accredited university or college; a minimum of five years’ experience in public or quasi-public sector; and a minimum of three years’ experience in supervision of high level public or quasi-public sector staff.

 

The Inspector General position, which will be structured as its own department in Town Government, is subject to the creation of a new local law. A public hearing is being scheduled for Tuesday, October 17, at which time the Town Board will consider its parameters and implementation.

 

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