Ethics committee clears the way for gas consultant

NORWICH – No conflict of interest has been found with a Chenango County Board of Supervisors’ decision in September to hire an economic development consultant whose wife owns a natural gas well, an ethics committee has ruled.

The newly appointed ethics committee, made up of two Norwich businessmen and one town supervisor, met on Friday to address a contract dispute between lawyers for the consultant, Steven Palmatier of Preston, and the county’s chief counsel, Richard Breslin.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Richard B. Decker said he was not involved in the committee’s decision and did not know the outcome of Friday’s meeting. “I’m staying out of it,” he said Monday morning.

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