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The Ethics Commission held its 10th meeting of 2014 on August 19, 2014.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-21 to N. David Bouley, the acting director of the Department of Planning and Development for the City of Woonsocket, opining that he is required by the Code of Ethics to recuse from participating in his official capacity in any matters involving NeighborWorks® Blackstone River Valley, including NeighborWorks’ application for a Community Development Block Grant.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-22 to Scott Wolf, a member of the City of Providence Zoning Board of Review, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from participating in the Zoning Board’s consideration of an appeal in which one of the appellants is his employer’s business associate.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-23 to Joyce L. Stevos, Ph.D., a member of the Rhode Island Board of Education – Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, opining that she is neither prohibited by the Code of Ethics from simultaneously serving as a board member of a charter school nor is she prohibited from participating in Board of Education actions that directly impact that charter school.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-24 to Gail Hallock Cyr, AIA, an alternate member of the North Kingstown Historic District Commission, who in her private capacity is an architect, opining that she qualifies for a hardship exception to the Code of Ethics’ prohibition on appearing before her own board to help her client obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness, in accordance with General Commission Advisory 2010-1 and provided that she recuses from participation in all Historic District Commission matters concerning her client.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-25 to Zaida Rivera, an administrative aide at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from representing herself before the Commission for Human Rights relative to a charge of discrimination that she filed against a private employer.

Made an initial determination in In re: Diana Serra, Complaint No. 2014-3 and unanimously voted to authorize a full investigation.

Made an initial determination in In re: Kenneth Parilla, Complaint No. 2014-4 and unanimously voted to authorize a full investigation only as to Counts 2, 7 and 9 in the Complaint.

Made an initial determination in In re: Christopher Warfel, Complaint No. 2014-5 and unanimously voted to authorize a full investigation.

Made an initial determination in In re: Peter Palumbo, Complaint No. 2014-6 and unanimously voted to authorize a full investigation.

Made an initial determination in In re: Michael A. Solomon, Complaint No. 2014-7 and unanimously voted to authorize a full investigation.

Unanimously approved an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Diana Serra, Complaint No. 2014-3. The Respondent, a member of the Westerly Town Council, failed to timely file a Financial Disclosure Statement for calendar year 2013 in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-16. The Commission imposed a civil penalty of $100 for said violation.