The Board of Ethics was asked to provide an opinion on whether or not it would be an ethical violation if a LIPA trustee served as a consultant for the Town of Brookhaven.
Determination: The Board of Ethics has determined that a LIPA trustee serving as a consultant for the Town of Brookhaven would potentially be a violation of the Code of Ethics. In coming to this determination the Ethics Board pointed to the Code of Ethics, Section 28-5 (2) which reads:
On General Prohibition of Using the Office for Gain
Section 28-5 A. (2) states the following:
“General prohibition. A town officer or employee shall not use his or her official position or office to take or fail to take any action, in a manner which he or she knows or has reason to know may result in a personal benefit, financial or otherwise, for any of the following persons:
a. the Town officer or employee;
b. his or her outside employer or business;
c. a member of his or her household;
d. a customer or client (current or within the past five years); or
e. a family member.