The Ethics Commission held its 2nd meeting of 2014 on January 28, 2014.
The Commission took the following actions:
Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-4 to James A. Seveney, a member of the Portsmouth Town Council, opining that he is authorized to appear before the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Review relative to the construction of a deck for his personal residence, provided that he recuses from the Town Council's appointment or reappointment of any person to the Zoning Board until after the election cycle for his Town Council seat following the resolution of his applications for zoning relief.
Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-5 to Sean J. McGarry, a former member of the New Shoreham Town Council, opining that McGarry's business, Block Island Recycling Management, is authorized to bid on new contracts through an open and public bidding process for services that it currently performs for the Town of New Shoreham. This opinion is based upon a finding that the unique circumstances in this matter justify an exception to the Code of Ethics' Municipal Official Revolving Door Regulation.
Unanimously approved an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Gordon Fox, Complaint No. 2013-5. The Respondent, a member and the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, failed to disclose, on each of his Financial Disclosure Statements filed with the Commission for calendar years 2007, 2008 and 2009, the self-employment income received in connection with legal services rendered on behalf of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, a municipal agency, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-17(b)(2) and Commission Regulation 36-14-17001. The Respondent was ordered to properly amend his Financial Statements for calendar years 2007, 2008 and 2009. A civil penalty of $1500 was imposed.