July 11, 2019 •

New York JCOPE Launches Online Client Reporting

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On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period. JCOPE has granted an extension to […]

On July 11, the New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics launched the ability to file client semi-annual reports and source of funding information through the online Lobbying Application for the 2019-2020 reporting period.

JCOPE has granted an extension to all clients to file the client reports until July 31.

The extension only applies to semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures; lobbyist bimonthly reports are still due on July 15.

JCOPE has also produced a guideline “How to Properly Disclose Lobbying Activities” on their website to assist proper disclosure.

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June 24, 2019 •

NY JCOPE Grants Extension for Filing Employer Reports

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be enabling the ability to file client semiannual reports and source funding disclosures through the online Lobbying Application on July 8. Due to the short time frame of enabling the ability […]

The New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics will be enabling the ability to file client semiannual reports and source funding disclosures through the online Lobbying Application on July 8.

Due to the short time frame of enabling the ability to file online and the statutory due date, JCOPE has granted an extension to submit client reports until July 31.

The extension only applies to semiannual reports and source of funding disclosures; lobbyist bimonthly reports are still due on July 15.

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May 7, 2019 •

New York City Campaign Finance Board Proposes Rulemaking Amendments

The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program. Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures. Proposed rules amend and clarify the following […]

The New York City Campaign Finance Board will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the Campaign Finance Program.

Amendments address disclosure, contributions, expenditures, public fund payments, and disclosure of independent expenditures.

Proposed rules amend and clarify the following sections:

  • The reporting requirement of an in-kind contribution’s fair market value
  • The next contribution limit adjustment to occur in 2022
  • Enumerate the categories of prohibited contributions
  • Cash contributions from a single source
  • Attribution of expenditures after the date of a contested primary
  • Update other provisions of the Campaign Finance Program

The public hearing on the proposed rules will take place on June 13.

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January 2, 2019 •

NYC Special Election for Public Advocate Announced

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a special election date for public advocate to be held on February 26. Tish James, the current public advocate, is vacating the seat after being elected state attorney general.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a special election date for public advocate to be held on February 26.

Tish James, the current public advocate, is vacating the seat after being elected state attorney general.

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November 7, 2018 •

New York City Voters Pass Campaign Finance Ballot Measure

New York City voters approved a ballot measure related to campaign finance on Tuesday. Proposal 1 amends the City Charter by reducing contribution limits for all candidates and amending public matching funds for candidates participating in the public financing program. […]

New York City voters approved a ballot measure related to campaign finance on Tuesday.

Proposal 1 amends the City Charter by reducing contribution limits for all candidates and amending public matching funds for candidates participating in the public financing program.

Contributions for non-participating candidates will be reduced as follows:

  • Citywide offices, from $5,100 to $3,500
  • Borough President, from $3,950 to $2,500
  • City Council, from $2,850 to $1,500

The amendments will apply to participating candidates who choose to have the amendments apply to their campaigns beginning with the 2021 primary election and would then apply to all candidates beginning in 2022.

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April 13, 2018 •

New York City Council Passes Bills Regarding Sexual Harassment and Charter Revisions

The New York City Council passed several bills designed to provide greater protections against workplace sexual harassment. One measure requires annual training for all private employers with 15 or more employees. Additionally, the City Council passed legislation establishing a Charter […]

The New York City Council passed several bills designed to provide greater protections against workplace sexual harassment.

One measure requires annual training for all private employers with 15 or more employees.

Additionally, the City Council passed legislation establishing a Charter Revision Commission to draft a new or revised City Charter. The last Charter Revision Commission submitted changes to voters in November 1988.

The voter-approved amendments strengthened campaign finance and conflict of interest laws.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has 30 days to sign, veto the bills, or take no action.

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November 8, 2017 •

New York’s Constitutional Convention Fails and Democrats Win NYC and Buffalo

New York voters rejected a ballot question calling for a constitutional convention. If passed, a constitutional convention would have been set for 2019 and would have allowed a total review of the New York Constitution. The question is automatically added […]

New York voters rejected a ballot question calling for a constitutional convention. If passed, a constitutional convention would have been set for 2019 and would have allowed a total review of the New York Constitution. The question is automatically added to the ballot every 20 years.

On the other hand, voters approved a proposal revoking the pension of a public official convicted of a felony and another proposal creating a forest preserve land bank for qualifying local projects.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio won a second term as Mayor. De Blasio’s victory marks the first time in 32 years a Democratic mayor was re-elected in New York City.

Additionally, Democrat Byron Brown won his fourth term as Mayor of Buffalo.

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July 5, 2017 •

New York Special Session Adjourns

The New York Legislature’s two-day special session adjourned sine die on June 29, 2017. Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the special session to enact legislation extending mayoral control over the city of New York’s school district. The legislation extends city control […]

The New York Legislature’s two-day special session adjourned sine die on June 29, 2017.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the special session to enact legislation extending mayoral control over the city of New York’s school district. The legislation extends city control over the city district for two years.

Barring another special session, the Legislature is set to return in January 2018.

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June 26, 2017 •

New York Legislature Adjourns

The 2017 legislative session adjourned shortly before midnight on June 21, 2017. Lawmakers adjourned the session without a deal to extend New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over New York City Schools. The current agreement lapses on June […]

The 2017 legislative session adjourned shortly before midnight on June 21, 2017.

Lawmakers adjourned the session without a deal to extend New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over New York City Schools. The current agreement lapses on June 30, 2017.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie stated there is no plan to return as the Assembly is comfortable with the bill they passed in May.

Heastie’s statement is available at http://assembly.state.ny.us/Press/20170622/.

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June 16, 2017 •

New Rules for NYC Campaign Finance Board

On June 15, 2017, the New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rules to be effective on July 23, 2017. Under the new rules, a candidate does not have to inquire whether a contributor is doing business with the city […]

On June 15, 2017, the New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rules to be effective on July 23, 2017.

Under the new rules, a candidate does not have to inquire whether a contributor is doing business with the city and prohibits matching public funds for contributions intermediated by individuals doing business with the city.

The final rules are available at http://www.nyccfb.info/pdf/CFB_Notice_of_Final_Rulemaking_6-15-17.pdf.

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December 16, 2016 •

New York City Council Passes Several Campaign Finance Bills

Several bills related to campaign finance were recently passed by the New York City Council. Int. No. 1345-A will prohibit donations above $400 per year from people who are lobbyists, have city contracts, do business with the city, or non-governmental […]

New_York_City_HallSeveral bills related to campaign finance were recently passed by the New York City Council.

Int. No. 1345-A will prohibit donations above $400 per year from people who are lobbyists, have city contracts, do business with the city, or non-governmental entities controlled by a local elected official or their agents. Int. No. 1352 will require a notice regarding the contribution limits for persons doing business with the city be provided to contributors. Additionally, Int. No. 1361-A will require contributions in a special election be counted towards the threshold for eligibility and matching for public funds candidates.

Some of the more technical bills will require public funds candidates to deposit contributions by a certain date (Int. No. 1351-A), mandate the Campaign Finance Board to prepare electronic disclosure reports to meet state disclosure requirements (Int. No. 1349-A), allow candidates to return campaign contributions to protect their reputational interest (Int. No. 1353-A), and require the doing business database to display the date a person is considered doing business with the city (Int. No. 1361).

The bills are awaiting the mayor’s signature and are effective as listed in the respective bills.

 

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November 18, 2016 •

New York City Campaign Finance Board Approves Final Rules

On November 17, 2016, The New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rule changes from September. The purpose of the new rules is to reduce coordination between campaigns and independent expenditure groups by adding two new factors to determine coordination […]

New_York_City_HallOn November 17, 2016, The New York City Campaign Finance Board approved rule changes from September.

The purpose of the new rules is to reduce coordination between campaigns and independent expenditure groups by adding two new factors to determine coordination between the two groups. Another rule codifies an advisory opinion stating once an individual has been compensated for a service, he or she may no longer be considered a volunteer for the previously compensated service.

The entire notice of the final rules can be found here. The final rules will be published in The City Record on November 25, 2016, and will be effective on December 27, 2016.

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November 17, 2016 •

Gov. Cuomo to Address Ethics Concerns

On November 16, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement proposing plans to limit campaign contributions and close loopholes for those doing business with the state. In response to contracting scandals at state universities, Cuomo intends to appoint inspectors general […]

Andrew-CuomoOn November 16, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement proposing plans to limit campaign contributions and close loopholes for those doing business with the state.

In response to contracting scandals at state universities, Cuomo intends to appoint inspectors general to investigate fraud and abuse at the State University of New York and the City University of New York.

Furthermore, Cuomo will appoint a chief procurement officer to review all state contracts and grants for the purpose of re-establishing public trust. The entire statement can be accessed here.

Photo of Governor Cuomo courtesy of Pat Arnow on Wikipedia.

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