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The Ethics Commission held its 3rd meeting of 2016 on February 23, 2016. 

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2016-8 to David M. Gleason, a member of the Portsmouth Town Council, opining that he qualifies for a hardship exception to the Code of Ethics’ prohibition on representing himself before the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Review in order to seek a dimensional variance for his personal residence.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2016-9 to Jeff C. Davis, AICP, a former Principal Planner with the Division of Planning in the Department of Administration, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from working on a project for his private employer that involves a grant managed by the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2016-10 to Kathleen Knight-Bianchi, a member of the Scituate Town Council, opining that the Code of Ethics does not prohibit her brother from being hired as a per diem senior van driver for the Scituate Department of Senior Services, based upon the Petitioner’s representations that she had no involvement in the hiring process, which was conducted entirely by the Scituate Senior Services Director.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 12th meeting of 2015 on October 20, 2015.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-42 to Allison G. Cote, a senior compliance officer at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics form serving as a member of the Maplehill Mobile Home Park Residents Association Board of Directors.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-43 to Sheila M. McGauvran, a member of the North Kingstown School Committee, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from applying for and accepting, if offered, the position of North Kingstown Town Manager because the unique facts represented support the application of the exception to Commission Regulation 36-14-5014’s revolving door restrictions.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-44 to W. Douglas Gilpin, Jr. FAIA, a member of the New Shoreham Historic District Commission, who in his private capacity is an architect, opining that he qualifies for a hardship exception to the Code of Ethics’ prohibition on representing clients before his own board, in accordance with General Commission Advisory 2010-1 and provided that he recuses from participating in all Historic District Commission matters involving his clients.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-45 to Cynthia G. Wilson-Frias, Deputy Chief of Legal Services for the Public Utilities Commission, opining that she is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from working on a matter involving a utility that is represented by her spouse’s law firm, based upon the Petitioner’s representations that her spouse will not perform any work on the matter nor appear before the Public Utilities Commission.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-46 to Bethany Scanlon, a Revenue Policy Analyst for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, opining that she may accept an offer by the Pew Charitable Trusts to pay for her travel expenses to attend a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., concerning the evaluation of economic development incentives, provided that the Pew Charitable Trusts does not have a direct financial interest in decisions that the Petitioner is authorized to participate in as part of her official duties.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-47 to Paul L. Dion, Ph.D., Chief of the Office of Revenue Analysis for the Rhode Island Department of Revenue, opining that he may accept an offer by the Pew Charitable Trusts to pay for his travel expenses to attend a roundtable discussion in Washington, D.C., concerning the evaluation of economic development incentives, provided that the Pew Charitable Trusts does not have a direct financial interest in decisions that the Petitioner is authorized to participate in as part of his official duties.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 11th meeting of 2015 on September 22, 2015.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-37 to Scott Millar, the former Administrator of Sustainable Watersheds for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, who has accepted private employment at Grow Smart Rhode Island, opining that he is restricted by the Code of Ethics from: 1) representing Grow Smart or any other person or entity before his former state agency for a period of one year following his official date of severance from state employment; and 2) disclosing any confidential information that he may have obtained during the course of his state employment.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-38 to Matthew Vesey, a probation and parole officer at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from working in his private capacity as a domestic violence class facilitator at Vantage Point, Inc., based upon his representations therein and provided that all such work is performed on his own time and without the use of public resources or confidential information obtained as part of his public employment.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-39 to Gail Hallock Cyr, AIA, a 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 clients obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness, in accordance with General Commission Advisory 2010-1 and provided that she recuses from participating in all Historic District Commission matters involving her clients.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-40 to Samuel Bird, RA, a member of the New Shoreham Planning Board, who also served on the Large Capital Asset Strategy Committee, a subcommittee of the Planning Board, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from accepting employment with the Town of New Shoreham as its Facilities Manager.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2015-41 to Christopher M. Botelho, a Principal Management and Methods Analyst at the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (“EOHHS”), Medicaid Division, opining that he is not prohibited by the Code of Ethics from accepting employment at Lifespan, Miriam Hospital as the Ryan White Grant Program Coordinator. However, the Code of Ethics does prohibit him from representing his new employer before the EOHHS for a period of one year after leaving his state employment.

Unanimously voted to approve an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the consolidated matters of In re: Joseph J. Nicholson, Jr., Complaint Nos. 2015-1 & 2015-2.

Unanimously voted to initially determine that the facts alleged in In re: Charles E. Millard, Complaint No. 2015-6, if true, are sufficient to constitute a knowing and willful violation of the Code of Ethics and authorized an investigation.

Unanimously voted to initially determine that the facts alleged in In re: Donald J. Lally, Jr., Complaint No. 2015-7, 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 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.