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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 3 - Case Studies on Conflicts of Interest


In this module, a number of scenarios that involve real-life ethical questions are presented. It is time to apply what you have learned in the previous two modules and try to decide if any of the following situations would constitute a conflict of interest. After you have considered each set of circumstances, click on the link at the bottom of each page for the correct answer and its rationale.

You may wish to refer to our brochure entitled Conflicts of Interest - Frequently Asked Questions for guidance in answering the questions.

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