Steps to file a Complaint


Any person may file a complaint with the Commission.  The complaint should identify the individual or entity (respondent) alleged to have violated the law, include any facts or evidence that allege a violation of State ethics laws in Public Officers Law § 73, § 73-a, § 74, the "Little Hatch Act" in Civil Service Law § 107, or the "Lobbying Act" in Legislative Law Article 1-A. 

All complaints are reviewed by the Commission.  

Complaint Requirements

A complaint should be written and conform to the following format:
  • The complaint should identify any individuals or entities that are the subject of the complaint.

  • The complainant may choose to remain anonymous.  If the complainant is identified, contact information should also be included. 
  • The complaint must allege facts constituting a violation of law under the Commission’s jurisdiction (Public Officers Law § 73, § 73-a, § 74, Civil Service Law § 107, or Legislative Law Article 1-A) and should include, insofar as known, the date, time, and place of any alleged violation 
  • The complainant should include copies of any documentation or exhibits in his or her possession at the time the complaint is filed to support the allegations contained in the complaint. 


A complaint, upon filing, becomes a confidential record of the Commission and generally remains so unless and until the Commission concludes there was a violation of the above law(s) and issues a Report. In some instances, the Commission may, after taking into consideration certain factors outlined in the Commission regulations, vote to make some investigative information public. 

Complaint Form