YONKERS, NY – Mayor Mike Spano today, March 22, 2010, announced three new appointments to the Yonkers Board of Ethics. Mayor Spano, along with City Council President Chuck Lesnick, and Yonkers Judge Michael Martinelli, appointed former teacher and professor, Nancy Manzino; public affairs and communications counsel, Philip Pepe; and former Yonkers Inspector General, Philip Zisman.
Yonkers City Hall assert the Ethics Board join four existing members who are responsible for investigating all City ethics complaints, conducting hearings, recommending disciplinary action, rendering advisory opinions, administrating City employee disclosure statements and providing ethics training for City employees.
“These individuals come to the Board with a wide-range of public service experience that will translate well to the duties and responsibilities required to ensure the City’s ethics codes are upheld to the highest standard,” said Mayor Spano. “It is important that taxpayers know that all City employees are held accountable for their actions, especially as we represent them and act in their best interests.”
Nancy Manzino joins the board as a former mathematics teacher of 32 years and adjunct professor at Manhattanville College. Manzino also is a recipient of Cornell University’s Outstanding Educator Award and has been recognized by Who’s Who Among American Teachers.
Philip Pepe, a former Assistant to former Yonkers Mayor Martinelli, currently heads Pepe & Associates, which provides public affairs and communications counsel on public policy issues. Pepe also is a former board member of the Yonkers Community Action Program.
Philip Zisman also comes to the Yonkers Ethics Board with prior City experience as he served as Yonkers’ Inspector General and as its lead Corporation Counsel. Currently, Zisman is an Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the executive director of the Association of Inspectors General.
The newest members of the Board join existing members Chairman Joseph Nocca, Kathleen Ennis, Helen Henkel and Gerard Theret. The Yonkers Board of Ethics convenes no less than once every three months and more often, as necessary.