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October 21, 2014
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Binder and Goodman call for rule change


Binder and Goodman also called for the review of a draft ethics law, which is intended to update the code of ethics law, which was adopted in 1998. The legislators say the draft law does not include “recent ethics reforms that were initiated by Cuomo earlier this month.”
County chairman Jonathan Rouis said he would heed the request and appoint a commission to review the law. He said there must be a policy that “more clearly defines gifts, and the prohibition of gifts only from those individuals, firms, or organizations that have a stated value, and that have a contract with Sullivan County or have an interest in legislation before the county.”

He added, “County officers or employees should not be prohibited from providing or receiving hospitality from individuals, forms, or organizations that have no contracts with Sullivan County, nor any interest in matters where the officer or employee would have any jurisdiction."

Former county legislator Sean Rieber took objection to the two press releases about the matter. He sent out an email that said, “It is an insult to the public that two legislators who got caught with their hands in the cookie jar can attempt to change the rules so they can save face.”