Update: May 14, 2011
An ethics controversy in Hartford presents a perfect opportunity to
show the difference between ethics and law, and the right way to
approach financial disclosure requirements.
Here are the facts, as reported in two Jon Lender columns in the
Hartford Courant Sunday
Since the mayor became a council member in 2006 (and even before that),
his spouse has collected about $2,000 a month in federal Section
8 rent subsidies as the landlord for low-income tenants under a
"housing choice voucher program" administered locally by the city.
The money is all federal money. The city's role is only to determine
whether the apartment meets the standards of the Section 8 program and
to give the money to the landlord.