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Yorktown Letter: Why Not Strengthen Ethics Rules

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Daily Voice accepts signed and original letters to the editor. Email them to .

To the editor:

Supervisor Michael Grace is all for building a better mouse trap as long as it leaves him enough wiggle room to avoid personal responsibility and still allows him the ability to grab a piece of cheese when he leaves office.

The Yorktown Town Board meeting on Nov. 24 heard a report from an attorney hired to review an Ethics Policy for Yorktown employees. The attorney questioned whether Yorktown's Ethics Policy needed to be clearer, and have more teeth. He suggested that the Ethics Board should be a totally independent body with the ability to make its findings public.

Additionally, it needed a more robust one year prohibition against employees profiting from using a revolving door system to peddle their influence after they leave office. That system would limit former employees from being hired by a third party to lobby before the Yorktown Town Board.

Grace stated that he wants to be able to disregard the findings of the Ethics Board, and keep them private. Grace said that the limitations on former employees taking advantage of the system for personal gain was too punitive. Seems like Supervisor Grace's sole purpose for entering public service may have been to cash out when he leaves office.

He has displayed problems with ethics in the past like not paying his taxes, and hiring his wife for a cushy Town Hall job for starters.

Will the supervisor be hired to lobby the Yorktown Town Board on behalf of the corporations now having business before him and the Yorktown Town Board when he leaves office? Could decisions currently being made in Yorktown concerning multimillion projects like Costco, the building of a new Highway Department Facility and the urban renewal of Depot Park be thought of as just future job opportunities for Supervisor Grace?

Sunlight is truly the best disinfectant and the Yorktown Ethics Boards needs its independence and ability to hold every employee to the highest standards especially our elected officials. That includes Supervisor Grace.

S. Alejandra Santana

Yorktown taxpayer

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