From NBC 4:
John Liu, the city’s new comptroller, has instituted a “Zero Gifts” policy for his staff.
It means they can’t take so much as a cup of coffee or a bagel from anyone with whom they are dealing.
Liu has sent out a memorandum to his staff forbidding the taking of any gifts, of any value. “I think,” he told me, "that such an action is necessary to help stamp out the pay-to-play culture that has plagued so much of government.”