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Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees Approves Ethics Code; Enacts Provisions From State Law And Private Sector

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Troy (Oct. 28, 2011) – At its Oct. 25 meeting, the Hudson Valley Community College Board of Trustees approved a code of ethics for trustees of the college. The code replaces provisions of Rensselaer County Ethics Law, which was recently amended by the county legislature to exclude the college effective Nov. 15. College trustees also amended the board's bylaws to require adherence to the new code of ethics.

The adopted code is modeled after provisions included within New York General Municipal law and Public Officers Law Section 74. It also incorporates concepts from the private sector, which are not found in the Public Officers Law, the General Municipal Law or the Rensselaer County Ethics Law. It expresses the expectation that Trustees will attend at least 75 percent of the committee and board meetings, and encourages attendance in person rather than by videoconference. Full text of the code is available here:

"Since the county ethics law will no longer apply to Hudson Valley, we have taken the proactive and appropriate step to establish a code with high standards of ethical conduct for our Board. We will continue to partner in every way possible with our sponsor, Rensselaer County, to advance the college and the community it serves so well." said Conrad H. Lang, Jr., chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Hudson Valley's Board has ten trustees. Without involvement from the college, the Rensselaer County Legislature appoints five members and the Governor of the State of New York appoints four. Each trustee serves seven-year terms. The student body appoints a student representative annually.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.