What is a gift or “financial benefit”?

The Code of Ethics 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” or “financial benefit” includes any money, service, license, permit, contract, authorization, loan, travel, entertainment, hospitality, or any promise thereof or any other gratuity or promise thereof or anything of value.

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

Excluded Items:

Items or services excluded by the local law including under Section 6 F. (2), include the following:

  • 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 fifteen dollars or less;
  • Payment for attendance by any for-profit, 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;

Goods, services or discounts offered to the general public

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1. What is the Board of Ethics?
2. What are the requirements to be a board member?
3. Who are the current members of the Board?
4. Are the Board meetings open to the public?
5. Who can report a violation of the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law?
6. How do I report a violation or inquiry to the Board of Ethics?
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. May 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 Ethics and Disclosure Local Law Ethics?
16. Who must file a Financial Disclosure Statement?
17. Where can I find a Financial Disclosure Statement form?
18. When do I need to file?
19. Where do I send my Financial Disclosure Statement?
20. Will there be any training?
21. Is my Financial Disclosure Statement subject to the Freedom Of Information Law (FOIL)?