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Board appoints five to ethics panel in Town of Lancaster

The Lancaster Town Board last week appointed the five members of its Board of Ethics, 17 years after the Town Board approved an ethics code that established an Ethics Board. The members, each appointed by one Town Board member, are:

*Richard E. Amoroso, owner of Good Tymes South bar and the regional administrator for a global security company. He is not registered with a party.

*The Rev. Christopher Baldwin, pastor of Vine Wesleyan Church, Republican.

*Brenda Jankowski, human resources coordinator with Windsong Radiology, Democrat.

*Lukas Montanino, vice president of sales for inLighten Inc., Republican.

*Daniel Steck, special investigator with Progressive Insurance, Conservative.

No more than two members could belong to the same party.

Town Board members made their selections from the pool of 13 candidates who sought appointment to the Ethics Board.

The Town Board members didn't interview the applicants before making their selections during a May 7 executive session.

"They could have made their decision after they met people," said Carolyn Grieke, one of the candidates who wasn't selected. "I think it should have been more transparent."

Supervisor Dino J. Fudoli said the additional time required for interviews wouldn't have changed the outcome much.

"I think what we did was a fair process," he said.

It's unclear precisely how the Ethics Board will function, how regularly its members will meet and how any ethical issues will be brought to the board's attention. Fudoli plans to ask Town Attorney John M. Dudziak to research these questions.

"Obviously it's kind of early in the process," Councilman Mark S. Aquino said. "I'm not sure they have much power, other than to bring [ethical problems] to light."