YONKERS — Mayor Mike Spano issued an executive order today requiring mandatory ethics training for senior-level city employees, his office announced.
Now, all commissioners, acting commissioners, deputy commissioners and policy makers must undergo an annual training program approved by the city’s attorneys in consultation with the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
The training will include a review of state and local laws on ethics and lobbying as they apply to public officers.
“For government to succeed, it must have the people’s trust,” Spano said in a statement.
“Yonkers taxpayers and residents have the right to expect government programs to be administered and managed with the highest degree of professionalism and integrity. I intend that, going forward, there will be policies in place that will hold our employees to the level of standards in which they were hired.”
Every city officer and policy maker will have to participate in the ethics training within six months of the order’s enactment. New employees will be required to participate within two months of starting their city job.
The city’s Department of Human Resources will run the program with the Office of Corporation Counsel.
Sanctions for violating the mayor’s order may include termination.
Additional ethics training programs for all other city employees will be announced in the coming weeks.