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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 7

A village trustee owns a food service business. Proposed zoning changes will broaden the rights of similar vendors and could negatively affect the business owned by the trustee.

Does the village trustee have a prohibited interest in a contract? Why or why not? Are there any other issues with which the village should be concerned?

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