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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

The Academy for New York State's Local Officials

Protecting the Public’s Interest: A Tutorial on Local Government Ethics and Transparency in New York State

Module 1 - Conflict of Interest of Municipal Officers and Employees

Statutory Exceptions

Even if a municipal officer or employee has an interest in a contract and one or more Section 801 powers and duties, there are certain circumstances in which his or her interest in the contract is allowed. These circumstances are set forth in a series of statutory exceptions. In general, the exceptions apply to contracts and situations where a municipal officer or employee does not have a material financial stake in the transaction or an opportunity to exert improper influence or where the transaction is otherwise in the public interest. It is important to recognize that the exceptions listed in Article 18 are the only ones allowed.

Let's listen to what attorney Mark Stevens has to say about some of these exceptions and then we will further discuss each of the exceptions.

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