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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 9

A town board member is a sales representative employed by a corporation that holds a State contract to provide certain materials. The terms of the State contract have been extended to local governments. The town purchases materials from the corporation under the terms of State contract for an amount exceeding $750. The town board member’s private duties as a salesman directly involve the procurement of contracts with the town.

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

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