I don’t quite understand how it takes Robert Swayze over a month and $1,700 in legal fees for Deb Doherty, to investigate the frivolous complaint against her. Then it takes him 2 working days to investigate Sandra Cooper and comes up with almost word for word what Mr. Luongo came up with in a comment two posts ago in this very space. The following comment after Luongo’s comment by Chris Carrier should have at least cast a shadow of doubt on the Mr. Swayze’s pat response below. A few things about this matter do not add up; to myself and many others.
The following is Robert Swayze’s response to Steve Berman’s complaint:
I have reviewed your complaint, served it on Mayor Cooper and she has responded to my questions. I have confirmed that the Mayor is on the CPUSB and the Board of Collus PowerStream. She receives compensation for these positions. Her response to me also included a reference to the following section of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act (“Act”):
“4. Section 5 does not apply to a pecuniary interest in any matter that a member may have, . . .
(h) by reason only of the member being a director or senior officer of a corporation incorporated for the purpose of carrying on business for and on behalf of the municipality or local board or by reason only of the member being a member of a board, commission, or other body as an appointee of a council or local board; . . . .”
I find the above section to be a complete answer to an accusation that she failed to declare a conflict of interest as required by the Act. She was appointed to both boards by Council and
her receipt of compensation is exempted from being pecuniary. She was entitled to participate in both matters.
Accordingly, your complaint is hereby dismissed.