ethics

The clarifications to ethics board procedures discussed with the town's attorney had the overarching goals of keeping the length and cost of investigations down and included the question of whether or not and how defendants should be reimbursed for attorney's fees.

The town's boards met with their attorney to review the document outlining their standards of conduct as public servants.

Among the appointments at the town's re-organizational meeting was the filling of Douglas Story's term on the water and sewer committee, which he gave up citing a conflict of interest with his position as the water and sewer treatment officer.

Andrew Wright, Berne-Knox-Westerlo's former varsity basketball coach, said he has accepted a coaching position with the junior-varsity team in Middleburgh.

Rensselaerville assessor Donna Kropp was the subject of an ethics case last year — ultimately determined to be unfounded due to missing files — brought by a complaint of Jeffry Pine, a former assessor for the town who is now  running against her in the upcoming election.

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