making local government more ethical

Quote of the Day

“These are, as far as I’m concerned, the everyday things and courtesies that are done in life.”

—Andrew P. O'Rourke, then Westchester County (NY) Executive, after admitting that he had sought a job for his son-in-law (and an admission interview for his daughter) at a medical college that had a contract with the county; had recommended his domestic partner for a job with the county's medical insurer; and had "looked the other way" when his daughter was hired by the county's malpractice law firm. Since Westchester County had no government ethics program, his ethical misconduct was the subject of criminal enforcement, and he was cleared of all charges. From Mr. O'Rourke's obituary in today's New York Times.