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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.

 

The Ethics Commission held its 2nd meeting of 2014 on January 28, 2014.

The Commission took the following actions:

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-4 to James A. Seveney, a member of the Portsmouth Town Council, opining that he is authorized to appear before the Portsmouth Zoning Board of Review relative to the construction of a deck for his personal residence, provided that he recuses from the Town Council’s appointment or reappointment of any person to the Zoning Board until after the election cycle for his Town Council seat following the resolution of his applications for zoning relief.

Issued Advisory Opinion 2014-5 to Sean J. McGarry, a former member of the New Shoreham Town Council, opining that McGarry’s business, Block Island Recycling Management, is authorized to bid on new contracts through an open and public bidding process for services that it currently performs for the Town of New Shoreham. This opinion is based upon a finding that the unique circumstances in this matter justify an exception to the Code of Ethics’ Municipal Official Revolving Door Regulation.

Unanimously approved an Informal Resolution & Settlement in the matter of In re: Gordon Fox, Complaint No. 2013-5. The Respondent, a member and the Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, failed to disclose, on each of his Financial Disclosure Statements filed with the Commission for calendar years 2007, 2008 and 2009, the self-employment income received in connection with legal services rendered on behalf of the Providence Economic Development Partnership, a municipal agency, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 36-14-17(b)(2) and Commission Regulation 36-14-17001. The Respondent was ordered to properly amend his Financial Statements for calendar years 2007, 2008 and 2009. A civil penalty of $1500 was imposed.