Suffolk board to contact non-filers of ethics forms

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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.

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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.

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