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Published: 3/11/2019

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Chairman A. Gregg Pulver

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Poughkeepsie, NY – During a healthy debate, the Dutchess County Legislature amended the Code of Ethics proposal during their March Board Meeting.

Legislator Tom Keith (Town of Poughkeepsie) offered an amendment to the financial disclosure form in order to more wholly cover potential conflicts of interest. The amendment would create a new question on the disclosure form to require filers to disclose relatives who do business with the County or own shares in an entity which does business with the County.

Legislator Will Truitt (Hyde Park) offered an amendment that would require the filer to disclose the income of children and dependents. This amendment was brought forward in response to concerns that those who share a home are often financially interconnected.

Legislator Keith said, “We have seen all across the state those who seek to gain influence with politicians by employing their children or family members. It is vital to open and good governance that those relationships are disclosed. The mere act of requiring a disclosure, in plain sight for everyone to see, will act as a deterrent for those looking for influence with politicians. I am proud that we have had such a robust discussion and glad that I could contribute in a meaningful and lasting way.”

Chairman Gregg Pulver said, “This is continuation of a long and worthwhile discussion. Over the past several days, the two caucuses have been in constant contact regarding possible amendments. This is how the legislative process should work. We have strengthened our current code and disclosure in every way, shape and form. We won’t reduce ourselves to petty slander-- instead we will elevate our individual dialogue.”

Due to the proposal being amended, the Legislature must consider this local law at their next Committee Meeting on April 4th at 5:30 PM.