Rockland County Government Ed Working day, whose wedding day is established for April 30, will not accept wedding ceremony items from county contractors.
Day made his statement late Friday afternoon, following a Tax Enjoy column that lifted issues about the propriety of accepting marriage ceremony gifts from people who have a fiscal desire in county federal government.
On Thursday, Day’s main of staff members mentioned that a county contractor was invited to the marriage, but declined to say whether Working day would acknowledge a gift from the contractor.
“In maintaining with the Rockland County Code of Ethics, I will not be accepting items from any human being, company or company who directly or indirectly has small business or specialist dealings with the County,” said Day, a New Town Republican in his third time period. “Ms. Pascucci and I have long gone out of our way although setting up this wedding day to keep away from any ethical queries and will proceed to do so. I am proud of my history as County Government and seem ahead to continuing serving the folks of Rockland with my attractive bride by my aspect.”
Mark Davies, a Tarrytown attorney who is just one of the state’s foremost authorities on municipal ethics, had lifted issues about feasible presents from a county contractor who Day’s main of employees explained was invited the marriage.
Davies applauded Day’s statement on not accepting gifts from county contractors.
“He did the ideal matter,” Davies said. “And the media did its career to attract focus to the difficulty.”
The column documented on the on the web registry for the wedding day of Day to Somers attorney Donna Pascucci. The honeymoon.com registry provided various degrees of giving – in between $200 and $500 – for visitors who wanted to assist fund their honeymoon at the Sandals resort in the Caribbean island of Grenada.
The registry, which was established up for Pascucci’s bridal shower, has remained lively considering the fact that then, however marriage guests were not informed of the registry in the invitations despatched to 275 for the April 30 wedding at the Pearl River Hilton.
The Tax View column captivated hundreds of remarks on many Fb web pages. By mid-afternoon on Saturday, the lohud Facebook web page had 494 feedback.
Pals of the pair disparaging the column mentioned that Day and Pascucci were being like other couples acquiring married in 2022, with on the net funds items by means of wedding ceremony registries as just one way to display one’s affection for the newlyweds.
Many others, having said that, famous that Day required to heed the county’s ethics code, which had no exceptions for wedding day gifts in its prohibition on the acceptance of items exceeding $25 from county contractors by Rockland workforce this sort of as Day.
In accordance to the on the net registry, Day and Pascucci obtained two presents given that the column’s publication – $400 for spa remedies for two, and $200 to defray the price tag of their airline tickets to Grenada.
Comply with Tax Enjoy columnist David McKay Wilson on Facebook or Twitter @davidmckaywils1. He has written about Hudson Valley general public affairs due to the fact 1986. Check out his most current columns at lohud.com