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Preparing for financial disclosure in Nassau

Officials in the new Republican administration in Mineola are gearing up for the first round of disclosure about their personal finances.

Members of the county’s Board of Ethics met Tuesday and kicked around some ideas on how they will proceed as dozens, maybe scores, of senior new appointees under County Executive Edward Mangano file the disclosure forms for the first time.

They said the disclosure forms must be in by June 30, so department heads should be told do draw up a list of everyone who is required to file because they are in a “policy-making position.”

They also discussed ethics training for county employees, at the very least the senior staff, and perhaps for the entire work force.

The discussion was led by Steve Leventhal, counsel to the Ethics Board. County Attorney John Ciampoli attended, as did Deputy County Attorney Martha Krisel.

The only hitch came when a woman who will process much of the disclosure paperwork said she would not be at work for the entire month of April because she’s having a knee operation.

Ciampoli, who does not always smile when he jokes, wondered aloud whether she couldn’t work from home.

“We’ll figure out a way to cope,” Ciampoli added. “We’ll find a way to do it.”

The board then voted to go into executive session and the Newsday reporter had to leave.

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