Reminder Notice to all CUNY Faculty regarding the requirement to file Financial Disclosure Statements

September 29, 2010

This is a reminder notice regarding the requirement to file a Financial Disclosure Statement (FDS) as mandated by the New York State Public Officers Law.

All FDS (for academic filers) must be filed by November 15, 2010 for year 2009. The New York State Commission on Public Integrity (NYSCPI) will email you your ID number, password and instructions through ethel@nyintegrity.org in October 2010 (around or on October 15, 2010). Faculty Filers (academic filers) should also check their spam folders and junk email folders if they didn’t receive the emails.

  1. If you have an Exemption and your status has NOT changed {meaning your duties do not involve the negotiation, authorization or approval of:
    i.   contracts, leases, franchises, revocable consents, concessions, variances, special permits, or licenses as defined in section seventy-three of the public officers law;
    ii.   the purchase, sale, rental or lease of real property, goods or services, or a contract therefor;
    iii.   the obtaining of grants of money or loans; or
    the adoption or repeal of any rule or regulation having the force and effect of law.}
    You do not need to do anything. The Exemption continues.
  2. If your status has changed or you never filed for an Exemption, please read the attached reminder notice completely and if necessary, consult with your campus Ethics Officer. A list of ethics officers is attached to the notice.
  3. If you fail to file there are penalties. Pursuant to the Chapter 14 of the Laws of 2007 (Public Employees Ethics Reform Act) penalties for violations of Public Officers Law §73-a, [the Financial Disclosure Filing Statute] increased from a maximum of $10,000 to $40,000. Also Notices of Delinquency for failure to file the financial disclosure statement for the specific calendar year 2009 will be posted on the Commission’s website.

Ethics Bulletin: FAQs for CUNY Faculty regarding FDS Requirements

OR on the CUNY/Legal Affairs website at: http://www.cuny.edu/administration/legal-affairs/ethics/financial-disclosure-faculty.html

ADDITIONAL FORMS (Avilable also on NYSCPI website at http://www.nyintegrity.org/forms/ethics.html):