Sample Ethics Laws

While each of the following ethics laws may contain some deficiencies, such as lack of enforcement authority for the ethics board or an unnecessarily vague gifts provision, on the whole they offer a substantial improvement over Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and illustrate the types of effective local ethics laws municipalities have adopted. The Municipal Lawyers Ethics Columns link contains four columns from the Municipal Lawyer that discuss such laws and provide model provisions:

Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part I: Code of Ethics (Adobe PDF File)
Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part II: Disclosure (Adobe PDF File)
Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part III: Administration (Adobe PDF File)
Local Ethics Laws: Model Administrative Provisions (Adobe PDF File).

Related Files

Westchester County Statement of Financial Disclosure(PDF File)
FD_Form_for_PAAA_Filers(PDF File)
Model Annual Disclosure Form(PDF File)
Town of Brookhaven(PDF File)
Clifton Park LL 10 of 2008(PDF File)
Town of Colonie(PDF File)
Town of East Hampton(PDF File)
Town of Hyde Park(PDF File)
Town of Orangetown(PDF File)
Town of Queensbury(PDF File)
Town of Southampton(PDF File)
Town of Milton(PDF File)
Albany County-Enacted Law(PDF File)
Albany County-Summary Memo(PDF File)