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NYS Comptroller

THOMAS P. DiNAPOLI

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 1 - Assess Your Knowledge of Conflicts of Interest of Municipal Officers and Employees


A. Whether there is a contract, and if the municipal officer or employee has an interest in the contract
B. The officer's or employee's official powers and duties
C. Whether the officer's or employee's salary is more than $75,000 annually
D. If any of the statutory exceptions in Article 18 apply

A. True
B. False

A. An application for a zoning variance
B. A contract with an architect hired to design a new county building
C. An agreement between a town and a village to share an office building
D. All of the above

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A. True
B. False

A. Yes - as long as I abstain from voting on the contract
B. Yes - if my company's bid is the lowest of at least three bids
C. Yes - because this is an emergency situation
D. No - because none of the statutory exceptions in Article 18 apply

A. True
B. False

A. Yes - because I cannot own stock in a bank with which the village invests its funds
B. Yes - because there is more than one bank in the village, I cannot own stock in a bank with which the village invests its funds
C. No - because I can own stock in a bank with which the invests its funds as long as the deputy treasurer conducts the transactions
D. No - because I can own stock in a bank with which the village invests its funds as long as my stockholdings are less than 5% of the bank's outstanding stock

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