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The Ethics Commission held its 9th meeting of 2013 on August 20, 2013.

The Ethics Commission held its 9th meeting of 2013 on August 20, 2013.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-24 to David V. Igliozzi, Esq., an Assistant City Solicitor for the City of Providence serving as legal counsel to the Providence School Board, opining that he and other members of his law firm are prohibited by the Code of Ethics from representing private clients before the Providence School Board and the Providence School Department. However, the Commission opined that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit the Petitioner or other members of his law firm from representing private clients before other Providence boards, courts, commissions or entities before which he does not represent the City as an Assistant City Solicitor, and over which he exercises no authority or control, such as the City Council, Zoning Board, Planning Board, Probate Court, Municipal Court, and Board of Tax Appeal.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-25 to Henry F. Winthrop, a member of the Newport City Council, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in City Council matters involving the Newport Yacht Club, notwithstanding that his sister and brother-in-law are members of the Newport Yacht Club, provided that there are no other facts or circumstances that would otherwise create a conflict of interest.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-26 to Naomi Neville, a member of the Newport City Council, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in City Council matters involving the Newport Yacht Club, notwithstanding that her husband is an individual member of the Newport Yacht Club, provided that there are no other facts or circumstances that would otherwise create a conflict of interest.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-27 to Sean J. McGarry, a member of the New Shoreham Town Council, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit him from participating in the discussion and vote relative to the Town Manager's employment contract, notwithstanding that the Town Manager oversees the performance of contracts between the Town and the Petitioner in his private capacity.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2013-28 to Patrick M. Tigue, a former Principal Policy Associate for the Rhode Island Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit him from accepting private employment with Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. However, the Petitioner must refrain from representing his new employer before his former agency for a period of one year after leaving his public employment.

Unanimously found in the matter of In re: Tina Jackson, Complaint No. 2013-4, that there is probable cause to believe that the Respondent, a 2012 candidate for the elected office of State Representative, failed to file a 2011 Financial Disclosure Statement. Accordingly, the case may proceed to a full adjudication on the merits.

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Department or agency: Ethics Commission

Online: http://www.ethics.ri.gov/

Release date: 08-23-2013

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