Jodi Giglio Must Recuse Herself on EPCAL
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Riverhead Board Member Jodi Giglio can not credibly vote on whether the Ghermezian family that took over from Luminati's Daniel Preston is qualified and eligible to buy EPCAL land. Even with the best of motives, her four hour private meeting in New York City with Triple Five Ventures created the perception that she may not be able to act in a fair and unbiased way.
To preserve the integrity and legality of the decision by the Riverhead Board and her own reputation as a respected political leader, Ms. Giglio must demonstrate the ethical courage to recuse herself.
The Ghermezians should not be permitted to compromise the authority of the Riverhead Board by trying to secretly influence one of its members, or by offering a $2.5 million inducement for unanimous agreement, or by threatening to withdraw if required to publicly compete with other offers.
NY State Administrative Procedure Act Section 307.2 provides a template for responsible governance: "Unless required for the disposition of ex parte matters authorized by law, members or employees of an agency assigned to render a decision or to make findings of fact and conclusions of law in an adjudicatory proceeding shall not communicate, directly or indirectly, in connection with any issue of fact, with any person or party, nor, in connection with any issue of law, with any party or his representative, except upon notice and opportunity for all parties to participate".
(photo by Denise Civiletti, Riverhead Local)
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