“Lobbyist” means any person or organization retained, employed, or designated by any client to engage in lobbying. “Lobbyist” does not include any officer, director, trustee, employee, counsel, or agent of the state, or any municipality of subdivision thereof of New York when discharging their official duties, except those officers, directors, trustees, employees, counsels, or agents of colleges.
“Lobbying” or “lobbying activities” include any attempt to influence:
“Lobbying” does not include:
“Client” means every person or organization who retains, employs, or designates any person or organization to carry on lobbying activities on behalf of such client.
Every lobbyist who expends, incurs, or receives, or expects to expend, incur, or receive, an amount in excess of $5,000 of reportable compensation and expenses for the purposes of lobbying must file a biennial Statement of Registration and a signed, written lobbying agreement/authorization for each client with the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics. A Registration Statement requires a $200 registration fee and must be filed by January 1st or within 15 days of being retained, employed, or designated to lobby.
N.Y. Leg. Law § 1-e: Statement of registration
Any lobbyist required to file a Registration Statement must also file a Bi-Monthly Report for each client on or before March 15th, May 15th, July 15th, September 15th, November 15th, and January 15th of each year. All clients of registered lobbyists are required to file two Client Semi-Annual Reports per year, on or before July 15th and January 15th.
Registration Statements, Bi-Monthly Reports, Client Semi-Annual Reports, and all amendments to such filings may be submitted electronically through the Joint Commission on Public Ethics Lobbying Online Filing System at https://onlineapps.jcope.ny.gov/Lobbywatch/.
New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE): Lobbying Forms and Instructions
Lobbying Disclosure: How to File in New York State
Instructions for Lobbyists Filing Online
Lobbyist Registration Statement
Lobbyist Bi-Monthly Report
Client Semi-Annual Report
New York Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE): Lobbying Online Filing System