About the Commission
The Ethics in Government Act of 1987 was enacted in order
to promote public confidence in government, to prevent the
use of public office to further private gain, and to preserve
the integrity of governmental institutions. The Act accomplishes
those goals by prohibiting certain activities, requiring
financial disclosure by certain State employees, and providing
for public inspection of financial statements.
Since 1990, the Ethics Commission for the Unified Court
System has been responsible for administering the distribution,
collection, review and maintenance of annual financial disclosure
statements. The powers and duties of the Commission are set
forth in 22 NYCRR Part 40 (Chief Judge's Rule) and the procedures
promulgated by the Commission are set forth in 22
NYCRR Part 7400.
The Ethics Commission for the Unified Court System is comprised
of five members appointed by the Chief Judge, upon consultation with the Administrative Board of the Courts. Two members
of the Commission must be State Judges or Justices, and at least two shall not
be public officers or employees. The chair is designated by
the Chief Judge. The Commissioners serve without compensation.
Each Commissioner serves for a term of five years.
The members of the Commission are:
Hon. William F. Mastro, Appellate Division, Second Department, Chair;
Kathryn Grant Madigan, Esq., Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP;
Hon. Erin M. Peradotto, Appellate Division, Fourth Department;
Vincent J. Syracuse, Esq., Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP;
Professor Steven Wechsler, Syracuse University College of Law
There are three Commission staff members: Janice Howard,
Executive Director; Milagros Davila-Butler, Senior Court Analyst; and Zev Zeilingold, Senior Court Analyst.