Professional misconduct by licensed physicians, physician assistants, and specialist assistants is investigated and prosecuted by the Office of Professional Medical Conduct in the New York State Department of Health. Complaints of misconduct in these three professions should be made to the New York State Department of Health, Office of Professional Medical Conduct, 150 Broadway, Suite 355, Albany, NY 12204-2719. You may call that office at 1-800-663-6114 (Monday through Friday 9:00 and to 5:00 pm eastern) or e-mail the office at email@example.com.
The Appellate Divisions of the State Supreme Court regulate and discipline lawyers in New York State. Complaints against attorneys should be directed to the Appellate Division's Attorney Grievance and Disciplinary Committee in the county where the lawyer's office is located:
|New York and Bronx Counties:||(212) 401-0800|
|Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties:||(718) 624-7851|
|Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester Counties:||(914) 949-4540|
|Nassau and Suffolk Counties:||(516) 364-7344|
|Albany, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Madison, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, St. Lawrence, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Schuyler, Sullivan, Tioga, Tompkins, Ulster, Warren and Washington Counties:||(518) 474-8816|
|Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego Counties:||(315) 471-1835|
|Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties:||(716) 530-3180|
|Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genessee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties:||(716) 858-1190|
For more information, contact the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection of the State of New York. You may also find information on the site maintained by the New York State Bar Association.
Complaints against public school teachers that cannot be satisfactorily resolved with the principal of the school should be made to the Superintendent or Chief Administrative Officer of the local school district. If the complaint concerns the moral character of a teacher (e.g., involving drug-related activity or sexual relations with a student), contact the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) of the Office of Teaching Initiatives, another part of the State Education Department.
The New York State Department of State licenses and regulates several occupations, including barbers, cosmetologists, hairdressers, hearing aid dealers, notaries, private investigators, and real estate brokers. All inquiries and complaints concerning these occupations should be made to the Department of State at (518) 474-4750.
For occupations, trades, or professions that are not listed here, you may wish to call the New York State Operator at (518) 474-2121.