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City Council wants ethics review done on security team

Rochester, N.Y. - Rochester's City Council wants the city's Board of Ethics to look into Mayor Lovely Warren's hiring of a security detail, which includes Warren's uncle.

City Council said the Board will be asked to determine if the two-person security team is in accordance with Civil Service Commission requirements, 

The news release also said the Councils wants to determine if the hiring of Warren's uncle, Reggie Hill, was done in accordance with Civil Service Commission requirement.

READ THE CITY OF ROCHESTER's Anti-nepotism policy HERE

Here is the Council's full statement:

January 13, 2014 - The City Council will be issuing a request to the City's Board of Ethics asking that they investigate the hiring of the two individuals who comprise the Office of Executive Services. Specifically, the Board will be asked to determine if the hiring was done in accordance with Civil Service Commission requirements and whether the hiring of Reggie Hill, the Mayor's uncle, violates the city's Anti-Nepotism Policy.

The Board of Ethics has two empty seats and a member whose term has expired.  One of the empty seats is subject  to  Council  appointment and legislation has been introduced to nominate a new member along with the reappointment of Calvin Lee, whose term expired at the end of 2013.  This legislation is expected to be voted on at the Councils January meeting.  The only remaining vacant seat is that of the Mayor's appointee, which has traditionally been filled by the Director of the Office of Public Integrity.  

Once the above referenced appointments take effect and the Board of Ethics has a quorum, the Council is asking that the board immediately look into the matter at hand with extreme thoroughness and render a  decision as soon as possible.

Mayor Warren released the following statement:

I would fully expect City Council to utilize the Board of Ethics for any matter that they determine is appropriate.  It was under my leadership as President of Council that the Board of Ethics was reconvened, and members were put in place. I served on the board and appreciate the work that the board -- comprised of citizens of varying political backgrounds -- will do to ensure that the residents of Rochester are well-served, and their tax dollars are appropriately spent. Members of my administration and I will be available to answer any and all questions; and supply any information requested by the Board.

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