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Huntington appoints two new members to its ethics board

The Huntington Ethics and Financial Disclosure Board is now fully staffed.

The Town Board on Wednesday appointed two members to vacant seats on the five-member ethics board: Huntington resident Sam Miller, a Democrat and an official with the New York regional office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Huntington-based attorney Sheryl Randazzo, a Republican who lives in Northport.

“I feel great about adding these two individuals to the ethics board,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. “They have distinguished themselves in our community and I appreciate their willingness to serve.”

The board voted 5-0 for the appointments.

Miller is vice chairman of the Huntington Arts Council and a former member of the board of commissioners of the Huntington Housing Authority. Randazzo is a past president of the Suffolk County Bar Association and has served as an officer and board member of the Family Service League of Suffolk County.

Miller’s term is until Dec. 31, 2017, and Randazzo’s is until Dec. 31, 2018.

The town’s ethics code last year was revamped after it was criticized over its strength and enforcement of the code, and questioned over whether there is a conflict of interest in the town board appointing members of the ethics board that judges the town board’s decisions.

The new code expanded the list of people required to file financial disclosures and increased the number of public meetings the board is to hold. The changes also divided the code into three sections: a comprehensive code of conduct, expanded disclosure requirements, and powers and duties of the ethics board.

“I think we have showed transparency through this entire process,” Petrone said. “We looked to revamp the code completely and now we have new members and a full board who will apply one of the most all-encompassing ethics codes in the state.”

The town ethics code requires that no more than two members of the same political party serve on the board.

The other board members are Ralph W. Crafa, a Conservative, Louis C. England, a Democrat, and William Billia, a Republican

The chairman or chairwoman will be selected at a future date, town officials said.

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