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State Ethics Commission Issues Formal Opinion EC-FD-23-1 on Financial Disclosure Law Requirements in Connection with Casino Loyalty Rewards Benefits Programs 

2/15/2024 State Ethics Commission

The state financial disclosure law, G.L. c. 268B, does not prohibit participation in casino loyalty rewards programs

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Franklin DPW Director Robert Cantoreggi Pays $15,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

2/15/2024 State Ethics Commission

Cantoreggi accepted free ski trips from water meter manufacturer and its distributor

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Superior Court Ruling Affirms State Ethics Commission Decision that Aquinnah Select Board Member Gary Haley Violated Conflict of Interest Law 

2/12/2024 State Ethics Commission

Select Board Member Haley chose himself to do work for which he billed town and approved town’s payment of his own invoice

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Calendar Year 2023 SFI Filing Season Now Open 

2/01/2024 State Ethics Commission

The State Ethics Commission’s Statements of Financial Interests (SFI) electronic filing system is now open for filing of SFIs for Calendar Year (CY) 2023

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Former Lawrence Fire Prevention Inspector David Blanchette to Pay $65,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

1/11/2024 State Ethics Commission

Blanchette used Fire Department position to secure business for his private detector company

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Blackstone Town Clerk Tara Sullivan Pays $5,000 Civil Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

1/09/2024 State Ethics Commission

Sullivan hired her mother and sister as election workers

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State Ethics Commission Issues Public Education Letter to Former Weymouth Housing Authority Employee Laureen Pizzi 

11/30/2023 State Ethics Commission

Pizzi leased Housing Authority apartments to ineligible relatives, friend

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Former Commissioner Charles B. Swartwood, III Mourned 

11/21/2023 State Ethics Commission

Judge Swartwood chaired the State Ethics Commission from 2009 to 2013

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State Ethics Commission Issues Reminder About Restrictions on Gifts to Public Employees 

11/08/2023 State Ethics Commission

Certain gifts are prohibited by law

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Sharon Police Officers John Avelar and Robert Awad pay Penalties for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

9/28/2023 State Ethics Commission

Awad helped Avelar and friend enter Gillette Stadium Putnam Club without tickets

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Former Arlington Inspectional Services Director Michael Byrne pays $80,000 Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

9/27/2023 State Ethics Commission

Byrne allowed own plumbing company to do work without permits or inspections and created false permits for company

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Former Huntington Selectboard Member Karon Hathaway pays $5,000 Penalty for Violating Conflict of Interest Law 

9/26/2023 State Ethics Commission

Hathaway had town-owned asphalt millings delivered to her property, where they were used to resurface her driveway

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Lanesborough Economic Development Committee Chair and Planning Board Member Barbara Davis-Hassan pays $30,000 penalty for violating Conflict of Interest Law 

9/26/2023 State Ethics Commission

Davis-Hassan represented Berkshire Mall owner, participated as Planning Board member in mall rezoning, then received commission on mall’s sale

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State Ethics Commission Issues Reminder on Use of Public Resources for Political Purposes 

9/05/2023 State Ethics Commission

Using public resources to support candidates and political campaigns is generally prohibited

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State Ethics Commission Publishes FY 2022 Annual Report 

8/24/2023 State Ethics Commission

Annual report available to view and download