The Conflicts of Interest Law

The Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) is charged with interpreting and enforcing the conflicts of interest code for New York City's public servants, contained in Chapter 68 of the City Charter.

Chapter 68 of the City Charter is the comprehensive ethics code for all of New York City’s public servants. Enacted to preserve both the perception and reality of integrity in City government, Chapter 68 contains bright-line standards to govern conflicts between the public duties and private interests of its public servants. It covers such topics as gifts, outside employment, volunteering, political activities, and misuse of position.

To interpret Chapter 68, the Board promulgates rules ("Board Rules") and Advisory Opinions. Links to these documents, and other helpful links for understanding Chapter 68, can be found to the left.

The Board also interprets § 3-224 through § 3-228 of the Administrative Code, the Lobbyist Gift Law; § 3-901 through § 3-907 of the Administrative Code, the Affiliated Not-for-Profits Law; Chapter 11 of Title 3 of the New York City Adminstrative Code, the Legal Defense Trusts Law; and § 12-110 of the Administrative Code, the Annual Disclosure Law.