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Suffolk board to contact non-filers of ethics forms
Sixty-six Suffolk County officials who are required to file to require financial disclosure forms have failed to meet May 15 deadline, according to a report last week to the county’s newly overhauled ethics board.
However, 461 of the 527 of those mandated to file — 87 percent of the total — complied.
The commission’s executive director Samantha Segal will now reach out to those who have not filed to determine whether they received the forms that were sent out weeks ago.
Those required to file include department heads, other patronage appointees and members of various boards and commissions.
Under the law, those required to file get an automatic seven-day grace period, but the board then can seek penalties. An intentional violation by failing to file or other violations like failing to list assets can constitute a misdemeanor punishable to up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine or both.
Any person who fails to file by the end of the grace period can be punished by fines of $250 to $1,000. The board also can notify the county comptroller of a county employee’s failure to file a financial disclosure report. The comptroller would be required to withhold the worker’s paycheck.