Ethics committee taking form

Orticelle holds a Master's degree in Public Administration, is a licensed realtor, and is a retired police officer with 41 years of experience.

"Between studying it and living it, I feel I can contribute very strongly to any discussion [about ethics]," he said.

Douglas told the Essex County Ways and Means committee that Lilly and Orticelle were chosen with political neutrality in mind.

"Aside from Dan [Manning], I don't know the political affiliation of any of them," he said.

Manning, who is likely to chair the committee, said he has pulled examples of Codes of Ethics from various municipalities throughout New York State, which the committee should be able to use as a template.

Minerva Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey recommended using a code recently developed by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Douglas confirmed that would be one of many from which the committee draws ideas.

The committee will likely begin meeting later this month, Douglas said, after Manning returns from an out-of-town conference. At that point, it will be up to committee members to decide whether to hold their meetings in a public forum.

"I have no problem with it being open to the public," said Douglas. "Once they finalize their determinations, we'll definitely make those public."

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