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Weston Ethics Board To Revisit Conflict Case

WESTON, Conn. – The conflict of interest case involving David Finkel could come to a close Tuesday night with the Weston Board of Ethics expected to discuss the matter at its first meeting of the year.

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. First Selectman Gayle Weinstein wrote a letter on behalf of the selectmen asking the ethics board to revisit the matter.

According to its meeting agenda, the board of ethics is expected to go into executive session Tuesday “to discuss the Finkel issue.” The agenda listed no other information about the case.

This will be the first meeting for two new ethics board members , John Albright and Robert Lamb, who were appointed by the Board of Selectman last month.

The Board of Ethics is expected to convene at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at Town Hall, which is located at 56 Norfield Road.

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