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Ethics and Innovation in NYS: Navigating Conflicts When Government is a Partner

2020 JCOPE New York Law School Fall CLE Conference

On October 13, 2020, JCOPE and the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School presented a virtual CLE panel to discuss ethics and innovation in New York, including topics such as the different structures and objectives used in public-private partnerships; how commercialization and privatization of intellectual property is used as a recruitment tool in the public sector; the roles played by specific governmental organizations in joint ventures; how ethics fits within larger compliance regimes; and more.


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Ethics Topics Covered in the State's Ethics Laws

This section provides information on the numerous ethics-related topics the Commission generally receives questions about. The topics include the standards governing the activities of current and former state officers and employees with regard to things such as conflicts of interest, outside activities, and gifts and honoraria.  More information can be found by clicking on the individual tabs in the drop-down menu under the main Ethics tab.

If you are seeking guidance on any ethics-related topics, please feel free to contact our "Attorney of the Day" by calling our hotline at 800-87-ETHICS and pressing "2" when prompted or by sending an email to [email protected] 



Conflicts of Interest
Code of Ethics
Who does the Code of Ethics apply to?

All State officers and employees are bound by the conflict of interest rules found in Public Officers Law § 74.  

What is the Code of Ethics?

The Code of Ethics is intended to prevent you from using your State job and official position to benefit yourself or someone else.  

What types of conduct are prohibited?

Disclosing confidential information, accepting employment that conflicts with official duties, acting in personal financial interest rather than the interest of the public, and misusing position or state resources for private benefit or to secure favors, among others.

Ethics Topics of Interest