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Investigations and Enforcement

Investigations and enforcement of potential violations of the State's ethics laws and the Lobbying Act.
Investigations and Enforcement
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Investigations and Enforcement
Our Role
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. In general, allegations cover a broad range of potential violations of the Public Officers Law, including conflicts of interest, improper gifts, nepotism, failure to file financial disclosure statements, and post-employment issues. In addition, some matters involve violations of the Lobbying Act, including improper gifts, failure to register as a lobbyists, and failure to submit required filings.
Ways An Investigation Can Begin
JCOPE's Own Initiative

Information or allegations obtained by the Commission through the media, internal audits, or other public sources. 


May be made orally through our hotline at 800-87-ETHICS (873-8442) or in written form through a tip, electronic mail, regular mail, courier service, in person, or on a complaint form (as provided on this website) by any person. Complaints can be anonymous. 

Formal Referral

A referral from a government entity containing information or allegations that may constitute a violation of the laws under the Commission's jurisdiction.

Areas of Interest
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