COUNTY EXECUTIVE ADDRESSES THE ISSUE OF NEPOTISM AND URGES LEGISLATURE TO PASS LOCAL LAW

Posted January 13, 2010

Kingston, NY (January 13, 2010) - Citing the need to immediately “end nepotism or even the appearance of such” County Executive Michael P. Hein issued Executive Order No. 1 of 2010, Regarding Employment of Relatives, which is directed at all departments, boards, agencies and commissions under his jurisdiction.

The County has seen how nepotism can cause significant problems within County departments. The County Executive believes that residents of Ulster County deserve the highest quality government; a government with integrity. The existence of nepotism often creates either an appearance of impropriety, real problems or both, as seen in the former administration of the Health Department.

The County Executive ordered that within 60 days, all Department Heads, as well as board, agency and commission heads under his jurisdiction, review their operations for any potential nepotism-related conflicts and issue findings based on this review.

“This Executive Order is a critical first step toward Ulster County ending nepotism,” said County Executive Hein. Also today, the County Executive strongly urged the Legislature to pass a local law with regard to this issue. Citing his desire to eliminate conflicts of interest between work-related and family-related obligations, or even the appearance of such, he issued Executive Order No. 1 of 2010 and looks forward to working with the Legislature to enact important legislation to address the issue of nepotism.

   

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