- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s ethics commission has issued guidance to state workers reminding them not to campaign for politicians while on the job.

In its new newsletter, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics says state government employees can certainly volunteer to work for campaigns but cannot use any state resources, like phones, computers and copying machines, to do it.

The commission also says state workers are prohibited from campaign-related activities during the workday unless using approved leave.

State employees also are prohibited from soliciting campaign donations from any person or entity they’ve dealt with in their government jobs during the past year or if they expect to in the near future.

According to ethics officials, the restrictions apply to staff of the governor, attorney general, comptroller and state legislators seeking re-election.


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