Board of Ethics
The proper operation of the village government requires that its officers and employees be independent, impartial and responsible to the people, that government decisions and policy be made in the proper channels of the governmental structure, that public office not be used for personal gain, that public officers and employees observe in their official acts the highest standards of morality and discharge faithfully the duties of their offices, regardless of personal consideration, and that the public have confidence in the integrity of its government and the officers and employees thereof. In recognition of these goals, there is hereby established a Code of Ethics for all officers and for all employees of the Village of Mount Kisco, hereinafter referred to as the "village." In the event of any conflict
between the provisions of Chapter 9 of the Code of the Village/Town of Mount Kisco and provisions of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law, the latter shall control.
The Board of Ethics shall render advisory opinions on specific situations to officers and employees of the village with respect to Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and this Code of Ethics. Such advisory opinions shall be rendered pursuant to the written request of any such officer or employee under the rules and regulations of the Board of Ethics and shall have the approval of the Village Attorney. The Board of Ethics may publish its advisory opinions with such deletions as may be necessary to prevent disclosure of the identity of the officer or employee involved.
The Board of Ethics is established pursuant to §~808 of the General Municipal Law, and is to be composed of five voting members appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Village Attorney shall be a nonvoting member ex officio of such Board, and no other Village officer shall be eligible. No more than three voting members of such Board shall belong to the major political party of the Board of Trustees. The members of the Board shall serve without compensation for a term of three years. The Board shall shall adopt such rules and regulations as it may deem advisable.