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Board of Ethics

Mission Statement

To maintain confidence in local government, the Schenectady County Board of Ethics will assure by training and education, advice, disclosure and enforcement that all Schenectady County employees conform to ethical and conflict of interest standards as provided in the laws of the State of New York and Schenectady County.


The Schenectady County Board of Ethics distributes and collects all mandated annual Financial Disclosure Statements as required by state and county local law. Reporting officials and employees are those who have fiduciary responsibilities within Schenectady County Agencies. They include, but are not limited to, elected officials, agency heads and their deputies, policy makers, and employees who have discretionary authority.

The Schenectady County Board of Ethics reviews job descriptions of officers and employees, evaluate positions as they compare with other positions with similar responsibilities, to determine disclosure responsibility. At the request of an officer or employee involved, the Schenectady County Board of Ethics evaluates situations for possible ethical violations and improprieties and renders advice to officers and employees concerning these situations.

Meeting Schedule

The Schenectady County Board of Ethics meets several times a year as business may require at the discretion of the Board. Each meeting is held in compliance of the statutes pertaining to Open Meetings, unless it is legally permissible to go into closed/executive sessions due to the information being discussed. Public notice of all meetings is published at least five (5) days in advance.


Kay Ackerman
Julie McDonnell
Pat Saccocio
David Orr
Thad Rutherford


Frank Salamone, First Deputy County Attorney
Board Counsel

Patricia-Ann Ellis
Confidential Secretary

Disclaimer: The Schenectady County Board of Ethics is charged with responsibility for education in and enforcement of the ethical and conflict of interest of county employees. It should not be confused with the Schenectady County Fraud, Waste and Abuse unit for reporting such complaints.