How do I report a violation or inquiry to the OCBE?

All complaints, requests for Advisory Opinions or any other inquiries by the public, County employees or appointees must be in writing and be signed. In accordance with the County Ethics Law, no verbal or anonymous requests or complaints will be considered by the OCBE and no action will be taken to follow up on such matters. All requests for Advisory Opinions and other inquiries by County officers or employees shall be fully explained in writing and signed.  All written and signed complaints of potential violations of the County Ethics Law, shall be filed on a Complaint Form and contain as much detail as possible.

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1. What is the Board of Ethics ("OCBE")?
2. What are the requirements to be an OCBE member?
3. Who are the current members of the OCBE?
4. Are the Board meetings open to the public?
5. Who can report a violation of the County Ethics Law?
6. How do I report a violation or inquiry to the OCBE?
7. Will my inquiry/report of violation be kept confidential?
8. What is a gift or “financial benefit”?
9. What is confidential information and can County employees and officers disclose such information?
10. What is a conflict of interest?
11. Can County employees and officers seek or accept private employment?
12. What do I do if I am not sure if working a part time job creates a conflict or impairs the proper discharge of my official duties?
13. Are there restrictions on future employment?
14. Are there any exceptions to this rule?
15. What are the penalties for violating the COUNTY ETHICS LAW?
16. Who must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure Form?
17. Where can I find a Disclosure form?
18. When do I need to file?
19. Where do I send my Disclosure Form?
20. Is my Disclosure Form subject to the New York State Freedom Of Information Law ("FOIL")?