Tuesday, February 27, 2007

DiNapoli Signs Ethics Order

Thanks Liz B for the update....Tommy D is the real deal...here is another indication of where he is coming from..........andy

State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, who came into office amid considerable controversy, has signed an executive order outlining new ethics rules for himself and his employees. Many of the new rules are similar to those signed on Day One by Gov. Eliot Spitzer:
Some highlights:
A ban on using OSC phones for personal phone calls, except in an emergency and “necessary” cases.
A ban on soliciting or accepting gifts unless they are of “nominal” value.
A ban on political contributions by OSC employees to DiNapoli’s campaign committee or any committee created to benefit him.
Employees involved in making decisions about state grants or contracts cannot ask about the political affiliation, voting habits or campaign contributions of those seeking to do business with, or receive money from, the state.
Employees are forbidden from taking part in hiring or making contract decisions about family members or entities in which family members are an officer, director or principal or own/control more than 10 percent.

Let's see what Mr. DiNapoli does to resolve the revenue estimate dispute between the Governor and the legislature; I'm betting that he sides with his compadres -- and more business (and spending)-as-usual.
David..you may be pleasantly surprised.....hopefully the gov and legislature can get together and work out a figure..but if they can't...Tom will come up with a fair and accurate one...andy
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