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Homer, Cortland Updating Employment Standards For Officials

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Mayor Hal McCabe

The Village of Homer Board of Trustees has a planned work session tomorrow night (September 26) at 7:00.

Beforehand, Mayor Hal McCabe says village officials and trustees will undergo a full ethics training from 5-7 p.m., led by Marty Mack and his firm’s leading Empire Municipal Ethics Training Program.

“After the training, we’ll be rewriting the village employee/trustee handbook,” McCabe said. “I believe ours hasn’t been updated since at least the early 90’s.”

Homer’s employee revisions come as the city of Cortland Common Council again considers the potential of enacting a recall order on alderman who regularly miss meetings without a reasonable excuse.

The city’s been considering the measure over the past seven years, but last Tuesday’s (September 17) council meeting produced an official draft resolution that would:

  • Allow expulsion of an alderman who’s absent for two consecutive months or eight total meetings in a calendar year;
  • Propose the option of videoconferencing into meetings for those physically unable to attend;
  • Allow the mayor to replace an expelled alderman with a resident of the same ward and political party.

No vote was taken on the resolution, but it remains on the table for a vote in the future.

If enacted, an alderman found in violation of the provisions would be referred to the city’s ethics board, where they’d have the option of giving a defense on their absences.


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