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Conflict of Interest Still Looms in Weston

WESTON, Conn. – The verdict over a possible conflict of interest with newly elected Board of Finance member David Finkel is still up in the air after the Board of Ethics made no decisions on the matter Tuesday.

During Tuesday night’s meeting, members went into executive session to discuss the Finkel issue but came to no public resolution on the matter. After the meeting, newly elected Chairman Robert Lamb said he could not comment on what was discussed but confirmed no vote had been taken.

The only comment Lamb made about the executive session discussion was that the board planned to relay what was said to First Selectman Gayle Weinstein.

Neither Finkel nor any members of the public were at Tuesday's meeting.

The issue arose when Finkel won a seat on the town’s Board of Finance. Members of the Weston Democratic Town Committee said Finkel, a Republican, should not have been allowed to run because he worked as a consultant looking into overhead costs in the Weston school system.

According to Section 9.1 of the town charter, “No member or employee of any board or agency of the town shall be financially interested, or have any personal beneficial interest, either directly or indirectly, in any contract or purchase order for supplies, materials, equipment or contractual services furnished to or used by the town or any of its boards or agencies.”

In October, the ethics board decided there was a conflict as long as Finkel's company had a business relationship with the town. Then in November, Finkel told the Board of Selectmen that the matter had been resolved and he should be allowed to serve on the finance board. Weinstein wrote a letter on behalf of the selectmen asking the ethics board to revisit the matter, which is exactly what they had been expected to do Tuesday evening.

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