March 27, 2014
This responds to your inquiry (13-190) asking whether it is ethically permissible for a full-time judge to be a director of a foreign timeshare cooperative association, in which the judge owns a fractional interest. The association is de facto non-profit as all maintenance fees pay for the expenses of the cooperative.
The Committee has previously determined that such participation is ethically permissible, and the judge may also be reimbursed for travel expenses incurred in attending the board meetings.
Enclosed for your convenience are Opinions 11-119 and 94-08 which address this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)