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Ethics Laws and Regulations

Links to certain laws under the Commission's jurisdiction and related regulations.


This section includes the laws that govern the Joint Commission on Public Ethics, as well as all of the ethics laws that impact State officers and employees, statewide elected officials and candidates for those offices; members of and candidates for the Legislature; and certain political party chairs.  Subject areas covered in the ethics laws includes conflicts of interest, restrictions on the activities of current and former State employees, restrictions on the acceptance of gifts. and the rules that apply after someone leaves State service.  Applicable regulations in varied subject matter areas are also included on this page.  

Governing Laws

Ethics Laws


    Public Officers Law § 73

    This law refers to restrictions on the business or professional activities of current and former State officers and employees and political party chairs.




    Public Officers Law § 73-a

    Public Officers Law Section 73-a includes information on who is require to file a FDS, the questions to be answered on a Financial Disclosure Statement, penalties for violating the section, and how to apply for filing exemptions or deletions. 



Ethics Regulations


    19 NYCRR Part 932 - Outside Activities

    Regulation on the approval process for State officers and employees designated as policy makers to pursue outside employment or memberships in boards and other related activities other than their full time State employment.  



Adjudication and Appeals


    19 NYCRR Part 941- Adjudicatory proceedings and appeals process

    These regulations set forth rules for adjudicatory proceedings and appeals relating to: potential violations of the law that fall within the Commission’s jurisdiction; appeals taken from denials of requests to delete or exempt certain information from a financial disclosure statement pursuant to Executive Law §94(9)(h) or (i); and appeals taken from denials of applications for exemptions under Legislative Law Article 1-A §§1-h, 1-j and 19 NYCRR Part 938.6. (Effective 6/6/18.)



Contact The JCOPE Attorney of the Day

The Commission administers an "Attorney of the Day" program to help provide State officials and employees, lobbyists, and clients of lobbyists with free, confidential advice on navigating the State's ethics and lobbying laws. 

Contact us by phone:

Hotline - Press "2" to speak to the attorney of the day   800-87-ETHICS (800-873-8442)

Contact us by email:

Mailing Address:

New York State

Joint Commission on Public Ethics

540 Broadway 

Albany, New York 12207