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Local Law-Strengthen Anti-Nepotism Law

Local Law-Strengthen Anti-Nepotism Law

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Intro. Res. No. -2008 Laid on Table / /2008Introduced by Presiding Officer, on request of the County Executive 
RESOLUTION NO. -2008, ADOPTING LOCAL LAW NO.-2008, A LOCAL LAW TO INCREASE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE INGOVERNMENT BY AMENDING THE NEPOTISM PROVISIONS OF THESUFFOLK COUNTY CODE WHEREAS
,
 
there was duly presented and introduced to this County Legislatureat a
 
regular meeting held on , 2008, a proposed local law entitled,
 
"
A LOCAL LAW TOINCREASE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN GOVERNMENT BY AMENDING THE NEPOTISMPROVISIONS OF THE SUFFOLK COUNTY CODE
;” and said local law in final form is the sameas when presented and introduced; now, therefore be it 
RESOLVED
, that said local law be enacted in form as follows:
 LOCAL LAW NO. -2008, SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK A LOCAL LAW TO INCREASE PUBLIC CONFIDENCE INGOVERNMENT BY AMENDING THE NEPOTISM PROVISIONSOF THE SUFFOLK COUNTY CODE BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE OF THE COUNTY OFSUFFOLK,
as follows: 
Section 1.Legislative Intent . 
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that the public is often leery of publicofficials placing relatives on the public payroll. This is especially so when an elected officialappoints a relative to work directly under the supervision of the appointing elected official. This Legislature further finds that, while the existing nepotism provisions of the SuffolkCounty Code promote public confidence by assuring openness in hiring practices, there is noprohibition against a county official having direct supervision over a relative he or she appoints.Therefore, the purpose of this law is to amend §A6-3 of the Suffolk County Code toclarify that a in no case should a County official hire a relative when that County officialsupervises his or her relative. 
 
 
Section 2. Amendments.
A.)The Suffolk County Code is hereby amended as followsArticle VICivil Service Department****
§ A6-3.
 
Hiring or promoting relatives of County officials.
A.)Definitions.
 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have themeanings indicated:ANOTHER COUNTY OFFICIAL -- The County Executive; a County Legislator;any other elected official; [or] an official appointed to an elected County position;or any department head with the power to hire, fire or promote; all Chief DeputyCounty Executives and Deputy County Executives; all Commissioners andDeputy Commissioners of County Departments; or a County police officialholding the rank of Captain or above.IMMEDIATE FAMILY -- Spouse or issue.NOT BEING FILLED PURSUANT TO CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATIONS -- Thehiring or promoting to fill unclassified positions and classified positions in theexempt, laborer and noncompetitive class. The restriction shall also apply tocompetitive class positions but only to the extent that the hiring or promoting is toa provisional, temporary or seasonal position in the competitive class.PROMOTE -- To place a person currently in County employment in another County job which pays a higher biweekly salary, exclusive of overtime and other fringe benefits.RELATIVE -- The spouse, issue, brother, sister, parent, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, parent-in-law, niece or nephew.SUPERVISES HIS OR HER RELATIVE -- The power to hire, fire or promote, sign time and accounting records, and the power to conduct job performanceevaluation reviews.B.)Hiring or promotional requirements. Whenever the County of Suffolkdesires to hire or promote a person who is a relative of another County official asdefined herein, or who is a relative of a County police official holding the rank of Captain or above, for a position not being filled pursuant to New York CivilService Law competitive examinations or for promotional or supervisory positionsin the Suffolk County Police Department, then such hiring or promoting shall notbe effective unless or until it is approved by a resolution of the Suffolk CountyLegislature,[.] except that in no case shall a resolution of the Suffolk CountyLegislature be approved where the person being hired or promoted is a relative

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