The New York City Conflicts of Interest Board (COIB) recently issued an
advisory opinion (attached, see below) on the subject of conflicts
involving city council discretionary funds, a topic I wrote about
year. This is a model advisory opinion, especially in the way it
provides a number of scenarios to which it applies the city's relevant
ethics provisions. The opinion goes beyond any single request for
advice to provide advice for as great a range of possible situations as
the staff could imagine.