Suffolk County Board of Ethics

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Complaint Overview

Any person may file a Complaint with the Board of Ethics alleging a violation of the Suffolk County Code of Ethics (Article I, Chapter 77 of the Laws of Suffolk County) by a current or former "public servant." A "public servant" includes all officials, officers and employees of the County, whether paid or unpaid.

Complaint Process*

  1. Complete the Ethics Violation Complaint form, which may be found at: Include the following on the Form::
    • The name of the individual who is the subject of the Complaint.
    • A description of the allegations (e.g., what happened) that could result in a violation of the County’s Code of Ethics. You should provide as much information as you can, including dates, times, and places.
    • Copies of any documentation or exhibits in your possession at the time the complaint is filed to support the allegations contained in the Complaint.
  2. Submit the Complaint form:
    BY MAIL: Suffolk County Board of Ethics
    300 Center Drive, Office N204
    Riverhead, New York 11901

What to Expect After Filing a Complaint

Whenever a written Complaint is received by the Board, the Board will:

  1. Determine whether it has “jurisdiction” (e.g., the power to make a decision) over the individual against who the Complaint is made and over the allegations made in the Complaint.
  2. Assuming there is jurisdiction, conduct a fact-finding/investigation. As part of this you may be contacted by Board staff in order to obtain more information.
  3. Dismiss the Complaint if it determines that there is no reasonable cause to believe that a public servant has committed a violation; or
  4. Make an initial determination that there is reasonable cause to believe that a public servant has violated a provision of County’s Code of Ethics or other applicable provision of law; or
  5. Refer an alleged violation to the head of the agency served by the public servant if related disciplinary charges are pending against the public servant.


With some exceptions set forth in the law, testimony received or any other information obtained by a member of the Board or Board staff in connection with the investigation of a Complaint is confidential and cannot be disclosed to any person or entity outside the Board. However, if there ultimately is a finding of a violation by the Board, that finding may be made public.