Alternates named to Niskayuna Ethics Board

Exterior of the Niskayuna Town Hall building at Niskayuna Circle.

Exterior of the Niskayuna Town Hall building at Niskayuna Circle.

Three Niskayuna residents have been named as alternatives to the town’s Ethics Board.

The Town Board voted unanimously Thursday to name John Sharkey, Heather Odom and Christopher Rust as alternates to the board.

The naming of alternates comes after concerns were raised about Ethic Board members Jill LaFlamme’s and Tracy Cazer’s relationship with Denise Murphy McGraw, who had an ethic complaint filed against her this summer by Town Board candidate Jason Moskowitz.

The complaint hasn’t been taken up because board President Rabbi Matthew Cutler said he and two other board members will recuse themselves due to conflicts. He did not name the other two board members. Cutler is the rabbi and friend of Jason Moskowitz’s father.

Syed said Sharkey, a Democrat, is retired from practicing law and had also been a Niskayuna High School teacher.

“He had involvement with ethics hearings as a lawyer for the New York State Association of Realtors,” she said in an email.

Odom, a Republican, has been an attorney since 2008, Syed said.

“She currently works for the NYS Board of Parole,” she said. “She has participated in the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics training course.”

Rust, a Republican, has also been an attorney since 2008. He is currently employed by Roemer Wallins Gold & Mineaux law firm in Albany and has an extensive background as a judicial clerk, Syed said.

The Ethics Board’s next hearing is scheduled for Nov. 17, according to the town website.

Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or at [email protected]

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