Councilwoman calls for ethics reform, emergency meeting – New York News

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney said she plans to reintroduce legislation calling for the town to hire an inspector general and publicly called for an emergency meeting to pass ethics reform.

King Sweeney said she will offer an emergency resolution to Supervisor Anthony Santino during the board’s next scheduled board meeting Aug. 8. The resolution would propose hiring an inspector general to serve as an independent monitor for how town contracts are awarded and require an open bidding process.

The motion was previously proposed in April with Councilman Bruce Blakeman, but the motion was defeated on a procedural vote for adding it to the agenda.

King Sweeney is reviving the motion following Santino’s announcement last week of his own ethics reform package, which includes a $125,000 limit on outside income for elected officials. She said the income limit is aimed at stopping her for running for re-election. She has said she makes more than the cap would allow as an aviation attorney. She criticized Santino for not including an inspector general with his ethics package.

“I think it’s clear to everyone, based on all the events in Hempstead and Nassau County, that we need to look at our ethics procedures and it’s not clear to me what we’re waiting…

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