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Niskayuna Ethics Board remains quiet on complaints about now former board member

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It remains unclear whether the Niskayuna Ethics Board will take back up two complaints filed last year against then-Town Board Member Denise Murphy McGraw.

Wednesday evening three members of the Ethics Board met in executive session with Town Attorney Alaina Finan for around a half hour to discuss the matter.

After the executive session, Finan wouldn’t comment on what happened in the closed-door session but said “I imagine there will be more information in the future on this.”

Board Members Tracy Cazer and Jill LaFlamme, who had previously recused themselves from the code of ethics stated: “The termination of a Town officer’s or employee’s term of office or employment with the Town (on a voluntary or involuntary basis) shall not affect the jurisdiction of the Board with respect to the requirements imposed by this chapter on a former officer or employee. However, in no event shall the Board have jurisdiction over a former officer or employee where a hearing has not been commenced pursuant to the provisions of this chapter within one year of the termination of a Town officer’s or employee’s term of office or employment with the Town.”

During the meeting, the board also discussed reviewing financial disclosure statements of elected officials.

“I think they’re supposed to file those within 30 days of taking office and no later than April, I don’t remember exactly,” said Chairman John Sharkey.

Tracy Cazer and Jill LaFlamme, who are returning board members, said they had not reviewed them in the past.

Finan said she would look more into the matter to be discussed at the board’s next meeting in March.

The board has also not provided annual updates to the Town Board, which is indicated as one of its duties.

The board will also discuss at its next meeting adding new language to its complaint form to ensure that the person who is sending in the complaint is who they claim to be and that they attest to what is written in the complaint.

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

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