Ethics training now mandatory in Yonkers

City Hall on S. Broadway in downtown Yonkers. City Hall on S. Broadway in downtown Yonkers. (Feb. 23, 2012) Photo Credit: Angela Gaul

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In the aftermath of a public corruption scandal involving a former Yonkers city councilwoman, city employees will now have to take mandatory ethics training.

On March 26, Mayor Mike Spano signed an executive order requiring the training for all city officers and policy-makers within six months. New employees would be required to take the training two months after being hired.

"For a government to succeed, it must have the people's trust," Spano said. "Yonkers' taxpayers and residents have the right to expect government programs to be administered and managed with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity."

The training will be administered by the city's Human Resources Department and general counsel, he said.

On the campaign trail, Spano vowed to strengthen the city's ethics laws, including training for city employees, appointing new members to the city's ethics board and creating a lobbyists registry at City Hall.

On March 29, former City Councilwoman Sandy Annabi was convicted on conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.

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