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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

Text for Video - Disclosure of Interest in Contracts

At this time I want to talk about disclosure of interest in contracts. Even if you have an interest in a contract which is permissible, generally you are still required to disclose that interest under Section 803 of the General Municipal Law. Specifically, Section 803 provides that if an officer or employee, or the spouse of the officer or employee has, will have or later acquires an interest in an actual or proposed contract, purchase contract, lease agreement, or other agreement with the municipality for which he or she serves, written disclosure of the nature and extent of the interest is generally required. Disclosure must be made by the municipal officer or employee as soon as the individual has knowledge of the actual or perspective interest. The disclosure must be made publicly to two entities. One, it must be made to your immediate supervisor, assuming you have one, and the governing body, and it must be set forth in the official record of the proceedings. However, please keep this in mind, disclosure does not cure a prohibited interest.

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