Candidates for City Elected Office


Watch Video in Browser

Pursuant to § 12-110(b)(2) of the Administrative Code of the City of New York, if you are a candidate for election to the office of Mayor, Public Advocate, Comptroller, District Attorney, Borough President, or City Council member, you are required to file an annual disclosure report with the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (the “Board”). The annual disclosure report asks for information concerning your financial interests and outside activities during the preceding calendar year.

Your annual disclosure report must be received by the Board no later than twenty-five (25) days after the last day for filing your designating or independent nominating petitions pursuant to the election law. Click here to download the 2019 annual disclosure report for candidates.

Pursuant to § 12-110(g)(1), of the Administrative Code, any filer who does not comply with the filing requirements is subject to a fine starting at $250. Failure to file an annual disclosure report is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than one year and a civil penalty of $10,000.

If you have questions about the annual disclosure report, please contact the Annual Disclosure Unit at (212) 437-0739 or at efiling@coib.nyc.gov.

Click a topic or press the enter key on a topic to reveal its answer.

WHO MUST FILE

Each person (i) who has declared his or her intention to seek nomination, election, or re-election to the offices listed or (ii) on whose behalf a declaration or nominating paper or petition has been made or filed which has not been declined. In addition, any write-in candidates and candidates filling vacancies in a designation or nomination for office are required to file.

If you filed a financial disclosure statement with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, you may satisfy your filing obligations with the Board by emailing a copy of that statement, not the receipt, to efiling@coib.nyc.gov.

WHEN TO FILE

Candidates. Each candidate for public office must file his or her annual disclosure report with the Board within twenty-five (25) days after the last day for filing designating or independent nominating petitions pursuant to the election law.

Write-In Candidates. If you are running as a write-in candidate, you must file within twenty-five (25) days after the primary. If you are running to fill a vacancy in a designation or nomination for an office, you must file within twenty (20) days after a certificate designating the person to fill the vacancy is filed with the Board of Elections, or within five (5) days before the election for which the certificate is filed, whichever is earlier.

HOW TO FILE

  1. Click here for the annual disclosure report for candidates.
  2. Filers must use Adobe Acrobat to properly fill out the report. To download Adobe Acrobat, visit https://get.adobe.com/reader/.
  3. Open the annual disclosure report on Adobe Acrobat and complete the blank fields.
  4. When the report is ready to be signed electronically, click on the signature field.
  5. Choose “Create New Digital ID.” If you have an existing digital ID, click “Sign“ and skip to step eight.
  6. Choose the second option entitled “Windows Certificate.”
  7. Fill in the fields with your information.
  8. When you click finish, you will be prompted to save the PDF.  Name the file “can_2019_report_yourlastname.”  Only sign the document in its final form for submission. 
  9. Email your report to efiling@coib.nyc.gov.

PUBLIC INSPECTION OF ANNUAL DISCLOSURE REPORTS

Pursuant to § 12-110(e), the information in an annual disclosure report is available for public inspection, subject to any claims of privacy which have been upheld by the Board and subject to such procedures as the Board may make with respect to the time and manner of public inspection.

Information regarding the financial or outside interests of the filer’s spouse or domestic partner or unemancipated child(ren) in which the filer has no financial interest will be withheld from public inspection as an unwarranted invasion of privacy, unless the Board determines that such information involves an actual or potential conflict of interest on the part of the filer.

Whenever a request is made by a member of the public to examine an annual disclosure report, the Board will notify the filer that a request for inspection has been made.

AMENDMENTS TO THE ANNUAL DISCLOSURE REPORT

If you have unintentionally omitted certain information in the report or included incorrect information, you must amend your report by contacting the Board at (212) 437-0739 or at efiling@coib.nyc.gov. Only the filer may amend the filer’s report.

Related Links:

  • If you need information on how to run for a City elected office, you can access the New York City Board of Elections at: http://vote.nyc.ny.us/html/home/home.shtml
  • If you need information from the New York City Campaign Finance Board on their matching funds program, you may access their website at: http://www.nyccfb.info