Majority Leader selects two for Albany County Ethics Commission
Shari Calnero and former state Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi accept appointments
ALBANY (April 20, 2016) – An expert on ethics and a former state Supreme Court justice will serve on the Albany County Ethics Commission.
Democratic Majority Leader Frank Commisso appointed Shari Calnero, who worked nine years as senior counsel for the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE), and Joseph Teresi, a state Supreme Court judge for more than 20 years, to the county’s five-member ethics commission.
The Albany County Legislature unanimously supported the appointments last month.
“We’re very excited to enlist two proven leaders who will ensure Albany County officials and employees maintain the highest ethical standards,” Commisso said. “With Shari Calnero and Joseph Teresi, we have a new team in place to move forward.”
The ethics commission reviews complaints related to the conduct of public officials with the goal of enhancing accountability and promoting integrity in government. It will convene in the coming months to elect a chairperson. The commission is empowered to offer guidance on potential conflicts of interest, when public officials should recuse from voting, financial disclosure requirements and more.
Calnero provided legal advice and served as liaison to statewide agency ethics officers, employees and lobbyists while working at JCOPE from 2006 to 2015. Prior to that, she served as counsel for the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District for two years.
A graduate of Bard College and Vermont Law School, Calnero now works as associate counsel for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
“I look forward to serving on the Albany County Ethics Commission, and I thank Mr. Commisso for appointing me,” said Calnero, a resident of Albany.
Teresi, of Delmar, graduated from Boston College and Albany Law School. He worked as an Albany County public defender and in private practice for many years before being elected to the state Supreme Court in 1994. As a judge, Teresi drew the nationwide spotlight in 2000, when he presided over the Amadou Diallo trial in Albany. He retired in 2014.
Albany County’s ethics law allows the legislature’s majority leader and county executive to make two appointments each to the ethics commission, while the legislature’s minority leader makes one.
County Executive Daniel McCoy named former state Supreme Court Justice Bernard J. Malone Jr., and Rev. James Lefebvre, former pastor at St. Mary’s Church in Albany, to the commission. Minority Leader Frank Mauriello chose Michael J. Rest of Guilderland, a former member of the town’s Ethics Board.
Established in 1968, the 39-member Albany County Legislature establishes government policies and adopts local laws for the county’s nearly 310,000 residents. The elected body meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Legislative Chambers of the Albany County Courthouse at 16 Lodge St., Albany. The next scheduled meeting is May 9.
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