The Cohoes Common Council has approved the selection of three members and one alternate for the Board of Ethics. Members of the newly created, non-compensated Board of Ethics include Roswita Apkarian Fragomeni, William T. Keeler and Mitchell Pawluk with Charles G. Valenti as the alternate.
Roswita Fragomeni has worked for the New York State Education Department (NYSED) as a Director of Training and Development and also Coordinator of Labor Relations. In her roles at NYSED, Fragomeni was responsible for developing and implementing training programs and also represented management in statewide contract negotiations with the Public Employees Federation.
William T. Keeler, a Capital and Zone Commander with the New York State Police (NYSP), is also an adjunct professor at Russell Sage College teaching courses on policing, ethics and terrorism. Keeler is a 24-year veteran of the NYSP and previously served three years as a City of Cohoes police officer.
Mitchell Pawluk is a graduate of Albany Law School and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and is currently an employee at Harris Beach PLLC. Previously, Pawluck was a research assistant for the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Public Integrity and was a legal intern for the Commission on Public Integrity as well as several other experiences in state government.
Charles G. Valenti, the selected alternate for the Board of Ethics, has previously served as Director of Community Development with the City of Cohoes along with other various positions including City Planner. Valenti is also affiliated with the Cohoes Multi-Service Senior Center, the Salvation Army Advisory Board of the Albany Area, Cohoes Caretakers and the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Albany. He has also held various positions in the New York Army and Air National Guard.
The primary role of the Board of Ethics is to serve as an independent review board to address any concerns or questions that may arise in regard to ethical dealings of City officer's and/or employees. Additionally, the Board of Ethics will be responsible for approving ethics training and education for the members of the City workforce.