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Officials consider removal of volunteer advisory board member for not filing docs

JOHNSTOWN — Members of the Fulton County Board of Supervisors on Monday debated whether to remove a volunteer advisory board member from that body for failure to file required financial disclosure statements on time.

Ultimately, the board voted at the County Office Building to remove Bill Doran from the Alternatives to Incarceration Board.

Voting to allow him to stay were: Gloversville 5th Ward Supervisor Gregory Young, Johnstown 4th Ward Supervisor Michael Bowman, Oppenheim Supervisor Cynthia Breh and Stratford Supervisor Heather VanDenburgh.

In accordance with Article 18 of the state General Municipal Law and the Fulton County Ethics and Disclosure Law, the county Ethics Board notified the Board of Supervisors that Doran hadn’t filed forms on time for 2019.

The resolution to remove Doran from the volunteer board indicated he failed to file a 2019 financial disclosure statement with the county Ethics Board by a deadline. He was sent a letter stating that if he didn’t file by June 26, he might be removed. That deadline passed.

County Administrative Officer Jon Stead asked if Doran did finally file disclosure statements, but after the deadline. It was noted Doran wanted to stay on the Alternatives to Incarceration Board.

“That’s correct,” said County Attorney Jason Brott. “He’s in full compliance.”

Stead replied: “He didn’t really comply with any of the deadlines out there.” He said the original deadline was March 30, with the second chance deadline of June 26,

Gloversville 2nd Ward Supervisor Frank Lauria Jr. said if Doran “really wanted to remain on the board” he would have complied with the county deadlines.

Young noted Doran has shown an interest on staying on the board.

Board Chairman Warren Greene said the board of supervisors previously indicated publicly it was not going to “babysit” people with obligations to file disclosure forms to sit on boards.

Stead was asked by Gloversville 3rd Ward Supervisor John Blackmon about Doran’s attendance on the board he served.

“I believe his attendance has been adequate,” Stead responded.

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