Monroe County Board of Ethics

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Monroe County Board of Ethics
39 W Main St, Rochester, NY 14614

Per Monroe County Local Law Part III, Article V, subsection 45

Monroe County has established an Ethics Board which is responsible for breach of ethics claims against officers and employees, including conflicts of interest.

The board also has jurisdiction over ethics claims of any towns or localities within the county who do not have their own separate boards of ethics. (Towns and localities may, though, refer matters to the county board at its option.)



There is hereby established a Board of Ethics, consisting of three members to be appointed by the County Executive subject to confirmation by the Monroe County Legislature and who shall serve without compensation and at the pleasure of the County Executive. A majority of such members shall be persons other than officers and employees of the County of Monroe but shall include at least one member who is an elected or appointed officer or employee of the County of Monroe.


The Board of Ethics shall have the powers and duties prescribed by Article 18 of the General Municipal Law, including but not limited to the powers and duties set forth in §§ 811(1)(d) and 813 of the General Municipal Law, and shall render advisory opinions to the officers and employees of the County of Monroe with respect to Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and the Code of Ethics of the County of Monroe, adopted herein. Such advisory opinions shall be rendered pursuant to the written request of any such officer or employee under such rules and regulations as the Board may prescribe and shall have the advice of counsel employed by the Board or, if none, the County Attorney.

[Amended 12-11-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990, approved 12-26-1990]


The Board may also accept from the general public or from its own members and consider any complaint or allegation of conflict of interest on the part of any officer or employee of Monroe County. All such complaints or allegations are to be kept in the confidential records of the Board. Should the Board determine that there is apparent merit in the complaint or allegation, it shall send a written invitation to the officer or employee so charged to appear at a private meeting of the Board and explain the apparent conflict of interest. Should such officer or employee fail to appear in response to such invitation or should he appear and fail to satisfy the Board that there is no conflict of interest, the Board shall send a written report on the matter to the County Executive. The report shall not be made public except by the County Executive or by the unanimous vote of the Board.