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The Ethics Commission held its 6th meeting of 2014 on April 29, 2014.   

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-9 to George O. Steere, Jr., a member of the Glocester Town Council (“Town Council”), opining that he was not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from appearing before the Town Council to provide public comments on a zoning change application for which he received notice as an abutter, provided that he recuses from the Town Council’s discussion and vote regarding the zoning change. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-10 to George O. Steere, Jr., a member of the Glocester Town Council (“Town Council”), opining that he was not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from appearing before the Town Council to renew an Earth Removal License, provided that he recuses from the Town Council’s discussion and vote regarding his license renewal application.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-11 to Jason I. Simmons, a securities examiner in the Division of Securities Regulation at the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from engaging in private employment, on his own time, as a real estate salesperson.

Continued the advisory opinion request of Kevin Maloney, a member of the North Kingstown Town Council, to the next meeting. 

Held an adjudicative hearing in the matter of In re: Lynne A. DeStefano, Complaint No. NF2013-1.  The Commission unanimously found that the Respondent, a former member of the Foster Town Council, violated R.I. Gen. Laws §36-14-16 by failing to file a 2012 Financial Disclosure Statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.  The Commission imposed a fine of $1500. 

Approved an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Albert G. Brien, Complaint No. 2013-6.  The Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws §36-14-5(d) by sponsoring Resolutions, 13 R 108 and 13 R 113, to appoint his business associate to the position of City Clerk, and subsequently participating in the City Council’s December 2, 2013, vote to appoint his business associate to said position.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 5th meeting of 2014 on March 25, 2014.   

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-7 to Robert Crowe, a member of the Coventry Zoning Board of Review (“Zoning Board”), opining that he is authorized to appear before the Zoning Board to seek a dimensional variance for a mixed-use rental property that he has owned since 2009, provided that he recuses from the Zoning Board’s discussion and vote regarding his application. 

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-8 to Naomi Neville, a member of the Newport City Council, opining that the Code of Ethics did not prohibit her from participating in City Council matters involving the Newport Preservation Society, notwithstanding that a book she co-authored is sold at the Newport Preservation Society’s gift shop.

Held an adjudicative hearing in the matter of In re:  Stephen A. Furtado, Complaint No. NF2013-11.  Following the Respondent’s, a former member of the East Providence School Committee, admission that he failed to timely file a 2012 Financial Disclosure statement, the Commission unanimously found that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16.  The Commission imposed a fine of $500.  The Commission also addressed the Respondent’s outstanding balance of $200 from the resolution of Complaint No. NF2011-18. 

Held an adjudicative hearing in the matter of In re:  Micah J. Shapiro, Complaint No. NF2013-13.  The Commission unanimously found that the Respondent, a former member of the Little Compton School Committee, violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to timely file a 2012 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. NF2013-15.  The Commission unanimously found that the Respondent, a member of the Providence School Committee, violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to file a 2012 Financial Disclosure Statement with the Rhode Island Ethics Commission.  The Commission ordered the Respondent to file a 2012 Financial Disclosure Statement and imposed a fine of $1500. 

 

The Ethics Commission held its 3rd meeting of 2014 on February 11, 2014.

The Commission took the following actions:

In the matter of In re: Thomas A. Hetherman, Complaint No. NF2013-5, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.

In the matter of In re: Lynne A. DeStefano, Complaint No. NF2013-1, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.

In the matter of In re: Richard P. Martin, Complaint No. NF2013-2, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to timely file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.

In the matter of In re: Thomas P. McGee IV, Complaint No. NF2013-3, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.

In the matter of In re: Stephen A. Furtado, Complaint No. NF2013-11, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.

In the matter of In re: Micah J. Shapiro, Complaint No. NF2013-13, unanimously voted to find that there was probable cause to believe that the Respondent violated R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16 by failing to timely file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2012.