What are the penalties for violating the Ethics and Disclosure Local Law Ethics?
  • Civil Penalties: The Board of Ethics may impose civil penalties in an amount not to exceed $10,000 or the value of any financial benefit obtained by the violator or the spouse, child, or member of the household, whichever is greater.

  • Criminal Penalties: The Board of Ethics may, in lieu of a civil penalty, refer a violation to the appropriate prosecutor, and upon conviction, but only after such referral, such violation shall be punishable as a Class A misdemeanor.

  • Disciplinary Action: Any county officer or employee who violates any provisions of the Ethics and Disclosure law may be warned, reprimanded, suspended or removed from office or employment, and/or be subject to any other sanction authorized by law or collective bargaining agreement by the appointing authority or body authorized by law to impose such sanctions. A warning, reprimand, suspension, removal or other authorized sanction may be imposed in addition to any other penalty contained in the Ethics and Disclosure Law.

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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)?