The Legislative Ethics Commission (LEC) was created by the Public Employees Ethics Reform Act of 2007 that was signed into law on March 26, 2007. Pursuant to Legislative Law §80, the Commission is comprised of nine members. Each of the four legislative leaders appoints one legislative and one non-legislative member with the fifth non-legislative member to be appointed jointly by the Assembly Speaker and the Senate Majority Leader.
The LEC’s jurisdiction is Public Officers Law §§ 73, 73-a and 74 as those statutes apply to members and employees of the legislature, and the provisions of § 73-a to candidates for state legislative office. The duties of the LEC include the issuance of advisory opinions; review of Annual Statements of Financial Disclosure filed by legislative members, legislative employees and candidates for legislative office; and statutorily mandated ethics training at the request of the legislature.
Investigations of violations of Public Officers Law §§ 73, 73-a and 74 by legislators and legislative employees are conducted by the Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government.
Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Suite 1431
Albany, New York
Legislative Office Building, Box 75
Albany, NY 12247
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