Records Request

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics is not subject to FOIL (Freedom of Information Law). The only records that are publicly available upon request are those listed in JCOPE’s regulations for access to publicly-available records at 19 NYCRR Part 937; those records include, but are not limited to, the following:

 
  • Financial Disclosure Statements for certain executive and legislative branch employees and officials (filings due before January 1, 2013 do not include categories of value), including the date of submission and whether any deletions/redactions have been made to the filing pursuant to Executive Law § 94(9)h);
  • Other records relating to Financial Disclosure Statements, including, but not limited to, a list of those individuals in an agency required to file a statement of financial disclosure and whether the individual has been designated as a policymaker or is required to file because their salary is at or above the filing rate pursuant to Public Officers Law § 73-a;
  • Notices of Financial Disclosure Statement filing delinquencies pursuant to Executive Law § 94(12);
  • Substantial Basis Investigation Reports issued by the Commission pursuant to Executive Law § 94(14-a) and (14-b);
  • Notices of civil assessments, or settlement agreements which include a fine, penalty, or other remedy;
  • Documents required to be disclosed pursuant to Legislative Law Article 1-a (the Lobbying Act);
  • Title and salary information for JCOPE employees;
  • A log of records access requests;
 
Please grant access to the following records in accordance with Executive Law § 94(19)(a) and the Commission regulations for access to publicly-available records. (Type what you are looking for in the box below)

By clicking submit below, you are requesting to have selected records emailed if available electronically. If it is necessary to photocopy the requested records, you understand that the Commission waives copying fees unless the request is more than 40 pages, in which case the Commission shall charge $0.25 per copy or the cost of electronic reproduction. If your request is too broad or does not reasonably describe the records, or if it is necessary to modify your request or charge copying fees, the Commission will advise you via email or by the phone number provided.

A response to a request that reasonably describes the information or record sought shall be made within five business days of receipt of the request by:

(1) granting access to the record;

(2) providing the information sought; or,

(3) acknowledging the receipt of the request in writing, including an approximate date when the request will be granted, which shall be reasonable under the circumstances and shall not be more than twenty business days after the date of the acknowledgement, or providing a statement in writing indicating the reason for the inability to grant the request within that time and a date certain, within a reasonable period under the circumstances of the request, when the request will be granted; or,

(4) if receipt of the request was acknowledged in writing and included an approximate date when the request would be granted within twenty business days of such acknowledgement, but circumstances prevent disclosure within that time, providing a statement in writing within twenty business days of such acknowledgement specifying the reason for the inability to do so and a date certain, within a reasonable period under the circumstances of the request, when the request will be granted.

 

Any person denied access in whole or in part to a record or records pursuant to subdivision (a) or (d) of section 937.1 of this part or information requested pursuant to subdivision (b) or (c) of section 937.1 may within thirty days appeal in writing such denial to the Records Access Appeals Officer (the Commission’s Director of Ethics and Guidance, or their designee) who shall within ten business days of the receipt of such appeal fully explain in writing to the person requesting the record or information the reasons for further denial, or provide access to the information or record sought. This shall constitute the final determination of the Commission.

 

Questions regarding public access to the Commission's records can be directed to:

Records Access Officer
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
540 Broadway
Albany, New York, 12207
Phone: 518-408-3976
Fax: 518-408-3975
Email: [email protected]