What is a gift or “financial benefit”?

The County Ethics Law defines a gift as any gift having a value of $75 or more in any 12-month consecutive period from the same individual or entity. A “gift” of “financial benefit” includes, but is not limited to; any money, service, loan, travel, lodging, meals, refreshments, entertainment, discount, forbearance, or promise, having a monetary value. 

A “gift” and “financial benefit” does not include campaign contributions authorized by law.

Excluded Items:

Items or services excluded by Section 6.F.(2) of the County Ethics Law include, but are not limited to: 

  • Gifts from family members, members of the same household or friends;
  • Complimentary attendance, including food and beverages at a charitable or political event;
  • County approved reimbursement for travel, meals and accommodations for food or beverages valued at twenty dollars or less;
  • Payment for attendance by any for-profit or non-profit association or organization whereby the County officer or employee receives professional training or assistance directly related to their position or duties;
  • Awards and plaques;
  • Honorary degrees; and
  • Goods, services or discounts offered to the general public. 

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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")?