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11/13/2019

Final Adjudications Issued - Kocsis and Renaldo

Order No. 1760 (Kocsis)
Business Manager
Blairsville-Saltsburg School District
Indiana County, PA 15717

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. Eric Kocsis (“Kocsis”), a public official/public employee in his capacity as the Business Manager of Blairsville-Saltsburg School District (“School District”), Indiana County, Pennsylvania, violated Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), when he utilized School District equipment, resources, and time to facilitate the completion of private consulting work resulting in a private pecuniary benefit.
2. A technical violation of Section 1105(a) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. § 1105(a), occurred when Kocsis failed to properly date his 2013 calendar year Statement of Financial Interests.
3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Kocsis is directed to make payment in the amount of $750.00 payable to the Blairsville-Saltsburg School District and forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.
4. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Kocsis is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the School District representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.
5. Compliance with paragraphs 3 and 4 of this Order will result in the closing of this case with no further action by this Commission.
     a. Noncompliance will result in the institution of an order enforcement action.


Order No. 1761 (Renaldo)
Member, Board of Supervisors
Washington Township 
Northampton County, PA 18013

ORDER SUMMARY:

1. As a Member of the Washington Township (“Township”), Pennsylvania, Board of Supervisors (“Board of Supervisors”), David Renaldo (“Renaldo”) violated Section 1103(a) of the Public Official and Employee Ethics Act (“Ethics Act”), 65 Pa.C.S. § 1103(a), when he presented an estimate from his company, Renaldo’s Inc., for the installation of lighting and electrical on a Township salt shed; when he seconded a motion and subsequently voted in favor of a motion that authorized his company to perform the lighting and electrical work; and when he voted to approve payment to his company for completing the lighting and electrical work on the salt shed.
2. A violation of Sections 1104(a) and 1105(b)(1),(4),(5), and (9) of the Ethics Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 1104(a) and  1105(b)(1)(4)(5)(9), occurred when Renaldo filed deficient Statements of Financial Interests as follows: failed to report the calendar year on the filing intended for the 2013 calendar year; failed to provide a response to “Governmental Entity” on filings intended for the 2013 and 2015 calendar years; failed to provide a response to “Creditors” on filings intended for the 2013 and 2015 calendar years; failed to report his financial interest in Renaldo’s Inc. on filings intended for the 2014 calendar year; failed to report “Washington Township” as a direct/indirect source of income on filings intended for the 2014 calendar year; failed to provide a response to “Direct/Indirect sources of income” on filings intended for the 2015 calendar year; and when he failed to file a 2017 calendar year Statement of Financial interests.
3. Per the Consent Agreement of the parties, Renaldo is directed to make payment in the amount of $2,000.00 made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order. 
4. Renaldo is directed to not accept any reimbursement, compensation or other payment from the Township representing a full or partial reimbursement of the amount paid in settlement of this matter.
5. To the extent he has not already done so, Renaldo is directed to file complete and accurate amended Statements of Financial Interests for calendar years 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017 with the Township, through the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission, by no later than the thirtieth (30th) day after the mailing date of this Order.   
6. Compliance with paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 of this Order will result in the closing of this case with no further action by this Commission.
     a. Non-compliance will result in the institution of an order enforcement action.


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