JCOPE Jurisdiction

The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics investigates potential violations of the state's ethics laws (Public Officers Law §§73, 73-a, and 74), the "Little Hatch Act" (Civil Service Law §107), and the Lobbying Act (Legislative Law article 1-a) as they apply to state legislators, candidates for the Legislature and legislative employees, as well as the four statewide elected officials, candidates for those offices, executive branch state employees, certain political party chairs, and lobbyists and their clients.

Who do I contact for other types of complaints?

Matters Regarding Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation

Local crime - State or local police, or the local District Attorney

Ethics complaints against New York City officers, employees and officials - NYC Department of Investigations

Ethics complaints against county or local government officers, employees and officials - Contact the county or local government ethics board or municipal attorney regarding enforcement of local ethics laws.

Matters regarding election fraud or campaign finance - New York State Board of Elections

Matters regarding prison conditions - Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Inspector General

Complaints related to matters other than ethics involving executive branch state officers and employees - New York State Inspector General

Complaints regarding judges - New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Complaints regarding attorneys - Attorney Grievance Committees

Matters regarding retirement benefits - Office of the New York State Comptroller

Matters regarding tax discrepancies - Department of Taxation and Finance

Matters regarding child support payments - Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Division of Child Support Enforcement

Matters regarding state electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water utilities - New York State Public Service Commission

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