October 14, 2014
PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL
This responds to your inquiry (14-114) asking what ethical reporting obligations you have regarding certain charges allocated to the justice court line in the town’s budget which you believe are not proper court expenditures.
As you do not have the authority to veto any allocations in the budget which you believe are improperly designated as court costs and you have already raised your concerns with the Town Board, the Committee advises that you also bring your concerns to the attention of the Town Attorney and your administrative judge. Once you have done so you have no further ethical obligation with respect to this issue.
Enclosed, for your convenience, is Opinion 09-205 which addresses this issue.
Very truly yours,
George D. Marlow, Assoc. Justice
Appellate Division, First Dept. (Ret.)