Press Release: Oyster Bay Democrats Unveil Strongest Ethics Reforms in Town’s History

Oyster Bay Democrats and Local Residents Unveil Strongest Ethics Reforms in Town’s History and Demand Repeal and Refund of the “Venditto Corruption Tax”

 

Oyster Bay, NY (June 26, 2017)  – Oyster Bay Democratic Candidate for Town Supervisor Dr. Marc Herman, along with Town Council Candidates Robert Freier, James Versocki, Eva Pearson and Clerk Candidate Dean Hart joined local residents in announcing sweeping ethics reforms today for Town government in response to years of Republican neglect, mismanagement and corruption

 

“The hardworking taxpayers of Oyster Bay deserve a government they trust, and that includes new ethics rules that will help prevent our public officials from taking advantage of residents in the first place,” said Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Candidate Marc Herman. “Oyster Bay residents not only deserve a potential refund from former Supervisor Venditto’s 11.5% Corruption Tax, they deserve a set of iron clad ethics reforms that will protect their wallets and pocketbooks in the future.”

 

The following set of ethics reforms were unveiled as a means to provide cheaper, more efficient services, as well as a solution for avoiding future “corruption taxes.”

 

Transparency and Contract Disclosure:
We will enact innovative disclosure rules for all bidders and Town contract recipients that would require the filing of, and posting on the Town’s webpage, the list of political donations to Town officials, Town or County party committees and local political clubs by a Town bidder/vendor.

 

Independent Inspector General

Creation of an independent inspector general for contracting, with the purpose of increasing the public’s confidence in the Town’s chosen contractors, and thus re- building faith again in Town Hall.

 

Anti-Moonlighting Rules

Town employees will not be allowed to “moonlight,” or work for any individual or company that has direct or indirect business before the Town.

 

Anti-Nepotism Rules:
No elected Town official or any Commissioner/Assistant Commissioner may have direct family members (e.g. spouse, children, grandchildren) employed by the Town in any capacity or appointed to any position.

 

Barring “Pay-for-Position” Practices:

No elected Town official may accept campaign contributions from any Town employee or any Town appointee.

 

No Political Advertising:

Town dollars will not be used to support political campaigns.  This includes “naming” Town buildings, parks, and property with elected officials’ names or using mailings for political purposes only.  All Town mailings must have a purpose and not be sent within ninety days of an election.  An independent board to ensure they are not political in nature will vet all mailings.

 

Disclosing Lobbyists:
All lobbyists used by Town vendors must be disclosed as well as the fees paid for their services.

 

On-Line Vendor Registration & Disclosure:
All vendors must register on-line and disclose relationships with Town officials, disclose any labor and tax problems, disclose safety history, and disclose whether their prior work has been the subject of any government investigation or flagged as unsatisfactory.

 

Financial Accountability and Openness:

Outside-Audit.  We are committed to a complete financial audit of the Town’s operations by outside forensic auditors to see where residents’ money has been spent and determine how to get the Town’s bond rating back on track.

 

On-Line Budgets:
All budgets, and the budgeting process for each department, will be posted on the Town’s website so residents see where their money is being spent in an easy to understand format.

 

Salary Reduction:
We will immediately implement a salary reduction for all elected Town officials until the Town’s budget is returned to a AAA bond rating.

 

Increasing Opportunity:
Bidding and vendor registration will be conducted on-line so that the pool of vendors is increased, thereby providing truly competitive bidding instead of awards to the same consultants and vendors.

 

Competitive Job Postings:
To the fullest extent possible, all open positions in the Town will be subject to a posting and open review process.

Transparency and Contract Disclosure:
We will enact innovative disclosure rules for all bidders and Town contract recipients that would require the filing of, and posting on the Town’s webpage, the list of political donations to Town officials, Town or County party committees and local political clubs by a Town bidder/vendor.

 

Independent Inspector General

Creation of an independent inspector general for contracting, with the purpose of increasing the public’s confidence in the Town’s chosen contractors, and thus re- building faith again in Town Hall.

 

Anti-Moonlighting Rules

Town employees will not be allowed to “moonlight,” or work for any individual or company that has direct or indirect business before the Town.

 

Herman challenged un-elected Supervisor Joseph Saladino, once Director of Operations under disgraced former Supervisor John Venditto, to immediately adopt the commonsense ethics reforms.

 

“Theses reforms, which are pretty much considered standard operating procedure in other cities and towns, are much needed and long overdue, said Dr. Herman. The fact that that Town Hall hasn’t even considered them should give every taxpayer pause.”

 

Oyster Bay, which is estimated to be approximately $900 million in debt and just passed the highest tax hike across Long Island at 11.5%, is “a cesspool of corruption that is in need of immediate reform,” said Robert Freier, candidate for Oyster Bay Town Council. “Our Town needs real, structural changes, not just photo ops and fake smiles from our current, un-elected Town Supervisor.”

 

The Town of Oyster Bay enjoys a junk bond credit rating and is currently under investigation for fraud by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

“The Town is in disarray and shouldn’t have gotten this bad in the first place. Our plan is simple and clearly lays out the difference between a corrupt government and an ethical one.,” said Town Council Candidate Eva Pearson.

 

“If the voters want to change the corrupt practice of the past, they need to realize that voting for the proteges, and apprentices of the corrupt will only breed more corruption,” concluded James Versocki, Candidate for Town Council.

 

Dr. Dean Hart, candidate for Town Clerk, promised to deliver on making Town Hall more transparent by streamlining the Freedom of Information process for any resident or journalist looking for access to public information. “It’s commonsense and right now it’s either taking longer than it legally allowed, or simply not happening,” said Dr. Hart. “Sunlight is always the best disinfectant to corruption and keeps our elected officials honest.”

 

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1 thought on “Press Release: Oyster Bay Democrats Unveil Strongest Ethics Reforms in Town’s History”

  1. I agree that our Town government needs a major overhaul. It is a shame and a disgrace that the steps proposed by the Town Democratic Party should be required in order to repair the ethics of Town of Oyster Bay elected officials. I for one hope a majority of Town voters feel as I do that it is time to object to the corrupt and inept “business as usual” we have been subjected to. The elected members of the Republican Party have ruined our Town’s finances, mortgaged our future by accumulating debt, lowered our bond rating, and allowed ethics in our government to be trampled. Is there anyone serving on the current TOB Council who acted in order to benefit the Town’s residents? It appears they all looked the other way as graft and lies ran TOB into the muck. For these reasons the Republican Party should be eliminated from our Town leadership posts.

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