By Tara Jessup
New York, NY. – The Lobbying Bureau of the City of New York’s Office of the City Clerk has announced that a six-month amnesty will commence on January 1, 2016. The amnesty was mandated by Local Law 129 of 2013 to increase compliance with New York City’s lobbying law.
Adopted on November 4, 2015, the program allows individuals and organizations who have never filed lobbying reports with the City Clerk to file without incurring any penalties. Local Law 129 also created a pre-amnesty period during which applicants who intend to apply for amnesty can immediately comply and submit requisite reports. Applications are currently being accepted for the pre-amnesty program. “The one-time amnesty is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations that are not compliant with New York City’s lobbying law to come forward without incurring penalties.
Many find the lobbying law intimidating and difficult to understand which leads to noncompliance. An amnesty was included in the lobbying law to promote transparency in government and to encourage people who interact with city officials to consider whether they are required to file lobbying reports,” said City Clerk Michael McSweeney. The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics known as JCOPE, is offering an amnesty program with similar eligibility requirements and application period as the City Clerk. Therefore, filers can participate in the City amnesty program without fear of incurring penalties from JCOPE.
The Lobbying Bureau is providing training for organizations. To learn more visit the Lobbying Bureau website at http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/lobbying/lobbying_bureau.shtml or contact the Lobbying Bureau at 212-669-8171 or by email at http://firstname.lastname@example.org