Mike Price, the chairman of the Ethics Commission, asked the BPU for a copy of the public documents provided to the Pitch. He also wanted a copy of any policy that would govern the use of credit cards for meals. Then Price added an item to the Ethics Commissions meeting on Tuesday to discuss just how five administrators managed to spend $15,000 over two years. Its the kind of thing a board of citizens formed to review BPU activities should be doing.
But the BPU didnt exactly cooperate.
Nobody from the BPU has responded to Prices two-week-old request, even though the documents have already been handed out to the Pitch and, more recently, to other newspapers. The BPUs ethics administrator, Michael W. Manske, came to the meeting Tuesday to announce that no documents would be available to the commission. They were working on it, he promised.
Price said he was disappointed but that he doesnt suspect the BPU of anything more than misplacing his request. I dont think theres anything underhanded going on. I think it was just a timing issue.
Manske acknowledge that BPU rules require the authority to provide the Ethics commission with documents. Asked why the BPU couldnt give the commission documents that have already been released to the press, Manske had a simple answer. I dont know, he said.
Manske told the Ethics Commission he thinks the BPU can produce the documents by the Commission's next meeting January 9.