New York lobbyist receptions under the microscope

The New York Commission on Public Integrity’s recent actions on lobbyist receptions is the topic of this North Country Gazette report.

The Public Employee Ethics Reform Act of 2007 significantly changed the law by prohibiting lobbyists and clients from offering, and public officials, State officers and employees from accepting, gifts of more than nominal value, which the commission has determined to be no more than the cost of an ordinary cup of coffee. Gifts of $75 or less had been allowed in the past, and legislative receptions often were permissible and common.

I noted the issue here.

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