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Local Government and School Accountability

Protecting the Public’s Interest

A Tutorial on Local Government Ethics and Transparency in New York State

Module 3 - Case Studies on Conflicts of Interest

Situation 2

A member of a town board is employed as a mechanic by a village. The town and the village have an agreement under which the village’s mechanics service town machinery and equipment if town employees are unable to do so. The individual in question is paid on an hourly basis and works a set number of hours per week, regardless of whether he performs any repairs on town equipment during that week.

Does the town board member have a prohibited interest in a contract between the town and the village? Why or why not? If he does not have a prohibited interest, are there any other issues with which the town should be concerned?

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