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Mission, Vision, and Values


The Commission has developed a mission statement to focus the Commission’s work, a vision statement to show what achievement of the mission will look like, and a statement of core values to guide the Commission as it carries out its duties.



The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government’s mission is to exemplify the highest ethical standards and restore public trust in government through education, compliance, and vigorous enforcement of the state’s ethics and lobbying laws.



The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government’s vision is for all New Yorkers to trust that state government is acting in the public’s best interest and for public officials to exemplify the highest ethical standards.



The Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government has identified six key values to help guide its work:


Integrity: Always act in accordance with the best interests of New York residents. 


Trustworthiness: Demonstrate the accuracy and reliability of Commission statements and pronouncements through actions.
Transparency: Provide as much public access as possible to information and data held by the Commission and disclose Commission activities to the greatest extent allowed by law. 


Independence: Accountable only to the people of the state of New York, exercise best judgment in deciding matters before the Commission based solely upon the facts and applicable law. 


Responsibility: To act with the highest moral, legal, and ethical standards in carrying out the work of the Commission. 


Confidentiality: Maintain the privacy of all confidential matters presented to and considered by the Commission.


Mission, Vision, and Values
COELIG Code of Conduct
The Commission is steadfast in its vision of a New York where all citizens have confidence that their government is acting in the public's best interest and where all public officials exemplify the highest ethical standards. The COELIG Code of Conduct, adopted in October 2023, is the most expansive ever endorsed by any New York State ethics commission and it exemplifies the Commission's mission, vision, and values. Its purpose is to assist the Commission members to conform to the highest possible standards of public service to the people of New York and guide them in the performance of their official duties.