TRAINING OPPORTUNITY: Ethics, Accountability, and Conflicts of Interest

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Vernon Town Hall
14 Park Pl #1, Vernon, CT 06066

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. 

FREE to CCM member municipalities | $120 fee for non-member municipalities

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

What do conflicts of interest have to do with ethics?

Public service is always about protecting the common good, which may be defined as the common conditions that are important to the welfare of everyone – police, fire, parks, libraries, and other public services. A public servant must always put the common good ahead of any personal, financial, or political benefit they might receive – from a decision about where to situate a park or who should collect the garbage.

Also, conflicts of interest interfere with the basic ethical principle of fairness and treating everyone the same. A public official should not take unfair advantage of his or her position by voting on a matter that could benefit them at the expense of others.

Finally, conflicts of interest undermine trust. They make the public lose faith in the integrity of governmental decision making processes. This program will outline best practices in developing an ethics commission and tips on avoiding conflicts of interest.

An interactive discussion will provide answers to some tough questions:

1) Can you accept gifts, and if so, what are the limits?

2) Is it acceptable for a Mayor or First Selectman to hire or appoint a family member even if the appointee is the best person for the job?

Bring your questions to the session and learn how to manage

the tough situations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Learn how to establish and operate an ethics commission.
  • Outline steps to develop a code of ethics for your town or city.
  • Learn how to avoid and resolve conflicts of interest.
  • Find out what’s legal, appropriate, and fair regarding gifts, travel expenses, outside employment, and nepotism.

CCM PRESENTERS:

Murtha Cullina LLP, Attorneys at Law

Kari L. Olson  |  Joseph B. Schwartz

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
  • Council Board Members
  • Town/City Attorneys
  • Ethics Commission Members
  • Finance Directors
  • Personnel Directors
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Town Clerks
  • Department Supervisors

THREE WAYS TO REGISTER

  1. Online:Click hereto register – Registration deadline: March 21st
  2. Email:ccmtraining@ccm-ct.org
  3. Phone: CCM Training, (203) 498-3037

                 Limited seating available – please register early. Refreshments are not provided.

Cancellation Policy: This workshop may be cancelled or postponed due to insufficient enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. Registrants will be notified of any changes.

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Here are just a few of our upcoming workshops:

  • Mar 28 – Drug and Alcohol Testing for Supervisors
  • Apr 5 – Developing Comprehensive RFPs/RFQs
  • Apr 19 – Municipal Records Management

For a complete list of scheduled workshops, please click here.

 

 

 

CT Democratic Party’s Women’s Caucus News

We hope you find some good nuggets of engagement in this email.  While it may feel like a sisyphean task trying to keep track of what needs fighting, remember this a marathon, not a sprint, pace the activism.

The magic simply lies in challenging the impossible- no matter how often you do it.

In solidarity,
Jacqueline Kozin and Debbie Hauser
Co-Chairs

OPPORTUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE SPECIAL ELECTION CANDIDATES
CT Democrats (Hartford HQ) are hosting phone banks on Wednesday evenings and Friday afternoons to support all three candidates.  If you want to help, click here to sign up.

More specific information on each campaign is below.

DORINDA BORER FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Canvassing and phonebanking every day
HQ
413 Campbell Avenue
West Haven
Call 203.444.0662 to find out specific hours for the day you can help out!

DOUG MCRORY FOR 2ND STATE SENATE
Canvassing every Saturday and Sunday at 12 PM.
Phonebanking every day 1 – 7 PM.
HQ
1229 Albany Avenue, Suite 206
Hartford
Contact: Dorian Lockett, McCroryForSenate@gmail.com or 860.729.3476 to find out more information.

CAVA FOR 32nd STATE SENATE
Canvassing every Saturday and Sunday
Phonebanking every day 9 am – 9 pm
HQ
667 Main Street
Watertown
Contact: Aaron Schrag, 203.597.7437

Tuesday, Feb 21– Cava Phone Bank Hosted by State Comptroller Kevin Lembo
5:30 – 8 PM
Democratic State Central
30 Arbor Street, Suite 404
Hartford
Click here to RSVP.

SENATOR CHRIS MURPHY TOWN HALL
Tuesday, Feb. 21
7:30 PM
West Hartford Town Hall
50 South Main Street
West Hartford

CONGRESSMAN JIM HIMES TOWN HALLS
Norwalk
Tuesday, Feb 21
6:30 pm
MOVED TO:
Norwalk City Hall
125 East Avenue

Bridgeport
Wednesday, Feb 22
6:30 pm
Bridgeport City Hall
City Council Chambers
45 Lyon Terrace

Stamford
Saturday, March 4
2:30 PM
UConn Stamford GenRe Auditorium
1 University Place

PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE PRESS CONFERENCE WITH CONGRESSWOMAN ROSA DELAURO
Wednesday, Feb. 22
9:30 am
Hartford Prints!
42 Pratt Street
Hartford
Join the Campaign for Paid Family Leave for a press conference at Hartford Prints!, a small business supportive of paid family and medical leave.  Speakers include Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, members of the small business community, workers, CT lawmakers and advocates about the need for paid family and medical leave in our state.

FREE WEBINAR ON RESIST/WORK/LIFE BALANCE
Wednesday, Feb. 22
8 PM
GetBullish is a website and job coaching services that focuses on workplace, money and entrepreneurship issues for feminist rock stars all over the world.  The site is hosting a free webinar on how to help #resist when you’re a busy #bosslady (or aspiring bosslady!) who wants to make the world a better place. Click here for more information and to register.

MARCH FOR SCIENCE- NEW HAVEN
Wednesday, Feb 22
5:30
New Haven Green

People will gather on the New Haven Green at 5:30PM to bring awareness to the issues that are facing our environment.

There will also be a March for Science in Hartford on 4/22/2017.

HIDDEN IN THE SHADOWS: BLACK LGBTQ LEADERS IN HISTORY 
Thursday, Feb 23
5:30 – 8 PM
Bloomfield Senior Center
330 Park Avenue
Bloomfield
This session will look generally at the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression and focus specifically on black LGBTQ leaders in our history.  Click here for more information.  RSVP before February 16, 2017 to 860-243-8361.

This is hosted by the LGBT Aging Advocacy organization.

NOMINATE A WOMAN OF INSPIRATION
CWEALF is looking for your nomination of a woman who you know is making a difference in our state to be highlighted Women’s History Month in March.  Click here to submit your nomination by February 28.

WRITE TO #RESIST WEBINAR
Tuesday, Feb. 28
6:30 – 8 PM
*There is a fee for this event.
Maybe you’re considering submitting a letter to the editor or an op-ed on what’s got you fired up?  Write to #Resist is a 90-minute webinar designed to educate, empower and ensure your words are heard.  Click here for more information or to sign up.

WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN SCHOOL AT YALE PROSPECTIVE STUDENT SESSION
Wednesday, March 1
6 – 8 PM
Yale Law School
127 Wall Street, Rm 128
New Haven
Ready to put your passion for politics into action? Attend the prospective student event and learn more about WCSYale today!  Click here for more info and RSVP.

CT NOW SCHOLARSHIP TO WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN SCHOOL AT YALE
The Connecticut Chapter of the National Organization for Women (CT NOW) has 2 scholarships available for those who are accepted.  For more information, click here to send an email for more information.

ACTIVISM TEACH-IN
Saturday, March 4
11 am – 3:30 PM
Hadlyme Public Hall
1 Day Hill Road
Hadlyme
Together We Rise CT is hosting an Activism Teach-In, where experts from across Connecticut will speak from their experience and teach to the following topics: how to talk to your legislators, lives of undocumented children & how to help, demystifying the state budget & the fight for children, and intersectionality (what it is and how to center your activism on it).  Click here for more information and to register.

WOMEN’S MARCH CALENDAR OF ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Connecticut Women’s March organizers have put together a website that list many opportunities for engaging in your community and different events around the state.  Click here to visit.

UCONN SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK CAMPAIGN TRAINING
March 3 – 4
UCONN School of Social Work
1798 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford
*There is a fee for this event

The Campaign School is a two-day workshop that trains social workers and advocates to run for elected office; to work in leadership positions at the local, state and federal levels; and/or serve as effective advocates for social change. Even those who do not have any current ambition to run for office are changed by the understanding of their own political power. Attendees meet political social workers, gain exposure to career paths in political settings and learn valuable skills that can be applied to any practice setting.  Flyer below

To register, click here.

March for Science Hartford and Southeastern CT

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:

The Hartford, CT March for Science will take place on Saturday April 22, 2017 at 12:00AM (on Earth Day).  They would like you to come join them in solidarity as they gather to show our elected officials that science is not a political issue. Direct quote: “The ability to observe, deduce, and reproduce results – and to do so in a fair, unhindered environment – is paramount to our continued progress and way of life.”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1241666845952712??ti=ia

March for Science – Hartford, CT – April 22, 2017

SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE.

The Southeastern CT  March will begin at 11:00 am from McCook’s Beach in East Lyme and continue to Waterford. For more information check out the Facebook page: March for Science – Southeastern, CT