Sunday, January 2, 2011

Let's Get Ethical!

Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an Executive Order today that requires ethical training for all top chamber staff and top state officials.
"Honor and integrity will be a hallmark of this administration, and I am confident that we have assembled a team that reflects that commitment," Cuomo said. "Nonetheless, it is imperative that Chamber staff and other high ranking government officials be versed in the ethics rules and regulations that apply to them. Top government employees should have no questions, no gray areas, and no possibility of confusion regarding what is proper and what is not."
Training must begin by Jan. 31st and be finished within sixty days. The Executive Order also requires officials to participate in this ethics training every two years. The training will focus on the rules about serving in government.
Blair Horner, the legislative director of NYPIRG, said the measure addresses real problems and establishes a new tone that needs to be followed up. "We hope that this is the first step in a journey to overhaul New York's woefully inadequate ethics laws," he said.
A signed statement certifying participation must be submitted by each individual for their personnel file.

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