Political Activity

Rules of Conduct
CSL § 107
CSR § 6.2
Most people in the service of the State of New York are not prohibited from taking part in or contributing to partisan political campaigns in their off-duty hours. At the same time, they are protected by the Civil Service Law from having political influence imposed upon them in their jobs. This law provides that no employee shall be questioned concerning his/her political affiliations or compelled to contribute to any political fund, that no person shall be appointed or discharged on the basis of political opinions or affiliations and that no person shall use his/her official position or authority to compel political action or allegiance from subordinates. The law also provides for penalties for violations of these provisions.
Federally Funded State Agenices
5 USC § 1501-
1508
State employees whose principal employment is in connection with an activity financed in whole or in part by federal loans or grants are subject to the Hatch Act, which is a federal law prohibiting them from engaging in certain political activities. Examples of prohibited activities are running as a partisan candidate for political office or using official authority for the purposes of interfering with or affecting the results of an election. Also prohibited is the coercion of public employees to make loans or contributions to a political party.
However, the law does not prohibit an employee from taking part in, or contributing to, partisan political campaigns in their off-duty hours, expressing opinions, or displaying political badges or stickers in his/her private home or automobile. Any person who believes that he/she is covered by this Act should check its specific provisions before engaging in any political activities.

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