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Ethics Talk

The Village of Mineola recently adopted a code of ethics to guide the village’s ethics board in financial or professional conflicts. Prior to the law adoption, Mineola had never operated with a code of ethics.

The code closely mirrors the New York State’s version, according to Mayor Scott Strauss.

 

“We’re tasking the ethics board to do a little bit more than they had done in the past,” Strauss said.

 

The current ethics board consists of Mineola residents Bernadette Pizzardi, Joan Hobbs, Russ Sutherland and Rev. Chet Easton of the First Presbyterian Church in Mineola. The board doesn’t meet unless an ethical issue surfaces, something Strauss says rarely occurs in the village.

 

“We’ve had always had an ethics board,” Strauss said. “I can’t speak to experiences because we have not had any ethical issues come up.”

 

The code prohibits municipal officers or employees from making decisions “that could result in a direct or indirect financial or material benefit, to himself or herself” to or to benefit a relative or interested private organization. It requires a municipal officer to disclose whether an action could, “result in a direct or indirect financial or material benefit.”

 

“Village trustees can call on the ethics board to resolve possible issues and ask for guidance regarding municipal practice,” acting village attorney John Gibbons said.

 

The public can also approach the ethics board regarding community issues, according to Gibbons. Strauss plans to appoint an employee to review financial disclosure forms, which must be filed by village officials.

 

“We want someone to actually review them and look at them,” Strauss said. “Rather than just have the village clerk look at them. We’ll have a second set of eyes.”

 

Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira was concerned with the ethics board leaking financial information online.

 

“I have nothing to hide but I’m thinking going forward, when something is filed with the village clerk and it’s public and someone makes a FOIL request, there’s a paper trail,” Pereira said. “Can they just put it online?”

 

Gibbons said the ethics board is bound by certain limitations and that the village clerk, Joseph Scalero, is the FOIL officer of Mineola.

 

 

“They are bound by their own ethics of not disclosing information they receive,” Gibbons said. “The ethics board is not the records access officer of Mineola. That is the village clerk. He is the only one entitled to disseminate information.”

News

Gitangalie Palombo, an Elmont yoga instructor, will open Fly High Dance and Fitness on the second floor at 111 E. Jericho Tpke. after her plan was approved by the Mineola Village

Board last week. She expects to open by January 2015. Sherwin Williams occupies the main floor.

 

“We want to be a great addition to the community,” she said. “I hope Fly High brings a new flare to the area.”

Local school districts are reaffirming student hygiene standards in the wake of the non-polio enterovirus (EV-D68) that’s been found in the United States. A strain of the enterovirus was found in Southampton’s middle and high schools, but officials say it was not the virus that has caused the national EV-D68 outbreak.

 

The enterovirus disproportionately affects infants, children and adolescents who lack immunity, according to the Center for Disease Control. School districts have been notified to follow New York State Health Department guidelines to combat possible infections.


Sports

The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”

 

The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.


As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs.  She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games. 

 

In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season. 


Calendar

Exercise Class - October 22

International Night - October 23

Village Halloween Party - October 24


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