RYE, N.Y. - The City of Rye's Board of Ethics called the principals of the Rye TV case to come before the board and "present factual input" regarding the allegations of misconduct made by RTV employee Andrew Dapolite.
In mid-February Dapolite, in a nine-page letter addressed to the city council, accused City Manager Scott Pickup and RTV Coordinator Nicole Levitsky of conspiring to orchestrate and conceal a secret recording of a meeting between the city council and the fire department. Dapolite also accused Levitsky and Pickup of ordering him to lie to members of the public, fire department and city council about the existence of the tape.
The five member board is comprised of Pickup, Legal Counsel Kristen K. Wilson and former council members John Alfano, Edward Dunn and Elizabeth Griffin Matthews. However, due to the nature of the allegations, Pickup and Wilson have recused themselves from the process. The city's labor attorney Vincent Toomey was present in Wilson's place to provide the board with legal counsel.
According to the city charter, it is the duty of the board to render advisory opinions on specific situations to officers and employees of the city.
"In consideration of the request before us the board discussed procedure in executive session and determined to allow an opportunity for the principals to present factual input to us at our next meeting," Ethics Board Chair Elizabeth Griffin Matthews said.
The board would not take questions on the decision and has tentatively scheduled its next meeting for April 12.
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