Ethics Commission Meeting December 16, 2008
At the 22nd meeting of the Commission in 2008, the Commission issued the following advisory opinions:
A.O. 2008-67 to K. Joseph Shekarchi, a member of the Coastal Resources Management Council (“CRMC”), opining that he need not recuse when NI Ltd. appears before CRMC, notwithstanding the fact that one of the officer and shareholders of that corporation is also an officer and shareholder of several other entities with which the Petitioner has done business in the past.
A.O. 2008-68 William L. Bernstein, a Probate Court Judge for the Town of Glocester, opining that he may simultaneously serve as a Town Solicitor within the same municipality.
A.O. 2008-69 Daniel Gendron, a member of the Woonsocket Zoning Board of Review, opining that he may participate in discussion and voting on a petition for a variance brought by CVS Caremark Corporation, notwithstanding the fact that his sister is employed as an accounting analyst with CVS Caremark.
A.O. 2008-70 Diane S. Nobles, Ph.D., Vice Chairperson of the Narragansett School Committee, opining that she may participate in subcommittee negotiations with the bargaining unit of the Rhode Island chapter of the National Education Association ("NEA"), to negotiate the Narragansett teachers’ union contract, notwithstanding the fact that she is a member of the Professional Staff Association local unit of the NEA at the Community College of Rhode Island.
A.O. 2008-71 John L. Tattrie, a Warren Planning Board member, opining that his business, Tattrie Trucking and Excavating, Inc., may submit a bid to perform services for the Town of Warren, notwithstanding the fact that his wife is a member of the Warren Town Council.
A.O. 2008-72 Brian G. Coogan, a newly elected member of the East Providence City Council, opining that his company, A Towing Inc., may continue to serve on the City of East Providence Tow list, notwithstanding his position as a municipal elected official.
Discussion was had of Jason E. Ferrell v. Frank Caprio, Jr., et al., U.S. District Court C.A. No.08-378S, William V. Irons v. Rhode Island Ethics Commission , Superior Court C.A. No. 07-6666.