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

Tutorial Wrapup

Public officials and employees need to be above reproach in putting the interests of their constituents above their own. Citizens depend on officials to act in the public good and to be honest and efficient in their handling of public resources. The first module of this tutorial covered the statewide rules in Article 18 relating to prohibited interests in contracts and prohibited activities. The second module covered the remaining statewide rules and local requirements and options for promoting ethical behavior. The third module gave you the opportunity to apply these rules in a variety of scenerios.

We hope that this training has helped to increase your awareness and competence in handling the issues that arise in your role as a public servant and steward of the resources of your constituents.

Additional resources on local government ethics and transparency can be found at our website.