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The Ethics Commission held its 10th meeting of 2015 on August 18, 2015.     

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-35 to Jeanne M. Boyle, the Planning Director for the City of East Providence, who also serves as the Executive Director of the East Providence Waterfront District Commission, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the City’s and/or the Waterfront Commission’s evaluation of zoning relief sought by Express Mattress Recyclers, LLC, notwithstanding that she is also a member of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-36 to Priya Banerjee, M.D., an Assistant Medical Examiner for the State of Rhode Island, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from working, on her own time, as a private consultant medical examiner and/or expert witness on cases outside of Rhode Island.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 9th meeting of 2015 on July 21, 2015.     

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-29 to Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety and Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from accepting a gift from the University of New Haven.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-30 to Bruce Ogni, a member of the Lincoln Town Council, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Town’s “50/50 Sidewalk and Curb Replacement Fund Program,” available to all homeowners in the Town, whereby the Town pays for half of the cost of replacing the curbing and sidewalks on a residential property. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-31 to Michael C. Swistak, a member of the Jamestown Planning Commission, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Planning Commission’s consideration of the Jamestown Fire Department’s fire station development plan review application, provided that there is no corresponding financial impact to himself as the co-insurance broker for the Jamestown Fire Department’s group life insurance policy. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-32 to Michael Cochran, a member of the Jamestown Planning Commission, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Planning Commission’s consideration of the Jamestown Fire Department’s fire station development plan review application, provided that there is no corresponding financial impact to himself as a volunteer firefighter with the Jamestown Fire Department. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-33 to Geoffrey A. Marchant, the Director of the Community Development Consortium, opining that he is prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Consortium’s approval of payments to the Washington County Community Development Corporation, given that he is a member of the Washington County Community Development Corporation’s Board of Directors. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-34 to Catherine DeNoia, a member of the Westerly Planning Board, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Planning Board’s consideration of a major land development application for a proposed postsecondary education campus in Westerly, notwithstanding that she is a member of the Board of Directors of Greater North End Community Development, Inc., and representatives of that organization will likely provide public comment during the public hearing for that application. 

Unanimously voted to approve an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Johanna Harris, Complaint No. 2014-9. 

Unanimously voted to initially determine that the facts alleged in In re: Ronald J. Areglado, Complaint No. 2015-5, if true, are sufficient to constitute a knowing and willful violation of the Code of Ethics and authorized an investigation.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 8th meeting of 2015 on June 16, 2015.

The Commission took the following actions:

Unanimously voted to approve an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Susan Cicilline-Buonanno, Complaint No. 2015-3. The Respondent utilized her Cranston School Department email account in furtherance of her campaign for state office by sending two separate emails to members of the Narragansett Democratic Town Committee, in violation of Rhode Island General Laws § 36-14-5(d). A civil penalty of $500 was imposed.

Unanimously voted to initially determine that the facts alleged in In re: Henry F. Winthrop, Complaint No. 2015-4, if true, are sufficient to constitute a knowing and willful violation of the Code of Ethics and authorized an investigation.

Held an adjudicative hearing in the matter of In re: Eunice D. DeLaHoz, Complaint No. NF2014-1. The Commission unanimously found that the Respondent, a former member of the Central Falls City Council, violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to timely file a 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The Commission imposed a fine of $1500.

Held an adjudicative hearing in the matter of In re: Natalia Rosa-Sosa, Complaint No. NF2014-3. The Commission unanimously found that the Respondent, a former member of the Providence School Board, violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to timely file a 2013 Financial Disclosure Statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission. The Commission imposed a fine of $1500.