Ethics board rules Giglio did not violate ethics code, clears way for councilwoman to vote on CAT application
In a decision dated Oct. 24 and received by town board members today, the Riverhead Board of Ethics found that Giglio did not violate the Riverhead ethics code in taking a private meeting with the applicant’s representatives
A complaint charging Councilwoman Jodi Giglio with ethics violations has been filed with the N.Y. State Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau, which investigates allegations of government corruption, fraud and abuse of authority. The councilwoman called the complaint "a political hit."
The councilwoman said in an interview Tuesday afternoon she has not decided whether she will abide by any ethics board’s recommendation that she recuse herself from voting on the "qualified and eligible sponsor" application by a company she met privately with during a pending hearing.
The town board on Tuesday will appoint Bay Shore attorney David Besso of the firm Long Tuminello LLP to advise the ethics board in the pending complaint against Councilwoman Jodi Giglio.
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At the April 5 work session, Councilwoman Jodi Giglio reviewed what she said were questions and answers from her March 12 meeting in NYC with representatives of the company that wants to buy the town's land at EPCAL. But the legal pad she read from contained almost no notes made during that meeting, according to documents provided by the town in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.
Civic group coalition files ethics complaint against Giglio over private meeting with applicant in EPCAL land deal
The complaint says the councilwoman’s “private meeting” with the prospective purchasers impairs her ability to act impartially in the application. Giglio vehemently denies any wrongdoing in taking the meeting, which she says was simply exercising "due diligence" in reviewing the proposal.
A recent attack letter, followed quickly by long, obviously coordinated, nasty comments aimed at myself and my wife, Barbara, including remarks on local radio, all from the tag team of Mason Haas and the Giglios, cannot go unanswered. Column by Greg Blass.
Column: Councilwoman Jodi Giglio's 'poor choice' to conduct a private meeting with developers in a proposed massive land deal can't be undone and warrants her recusal from further deliberations and vote.
Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said she now believes company has “the experience and the wherewithal” to develop the site as an aviation technology center.
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After discussion gets heated, board puts off action on plan to have highway superintendent oversee municipal garage
Town board members agreed to meet with Highway Superintendent George Woodson about an "action plan" for the municipal garage before they agree to a $20,000 pay hike to have him oversee its operations.