§   (Public officers Law Article 6) " NY legislature therefore declares that government is the public's business and that the public, individually and collectively and represented by a free press, should have access to the records of government in accordance "with the provisions of this article."
"The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy or confidentiality. "Public Officers Law § 84 for the State of New York


Mario Cuomo ordered the creation of a NY dept. to regulate the new freedom of information act passed by the federal government in 1967.This department is called the Committee on Open Government.

A bill has passed the NY Senate that will create an automatic voter registration database when one applies for a license or registration. However  the ‘Green Light Bill’  signed into law allows  undocumented immigrants in New York the right to a driver’s license  for which thousands of folks are now  applying. They would have to understand  the requirement to opt out by checking the opt out box . Protect the sanctity of  our voter registration  rolls. 

Beginning with the 1914 general election, all U.S. senators have been chosen by direct popular election. Prior to that US  senators were elected by state legislators.

  Govenor Andrew  Cuomo signed NY Senate Bill S5478 in 2018 to cause NY to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Currently, if New York's  majority  vote was  for candidate B, the NY electoral college  is pledged to that candidate Under the compact , If the opposing candidate T won the national  popular vote,  our NY electoral college would  be  pledged to  candidate T even though  he did not win New York's majority vote .            

   IN a Newsday  interview, prior to his death ,Harry Chapin, Long Island's  own singer of "Cat's in the cradle " and " Taxi" stated that"  There is so much to do on  Long  Island.  Any five responsible citizens could sit down and figure out a decent list of priorities. But we're wating for Albany to do it or we're  wating  or  Washington to do it  or we're waiting for God to do it 
Assembly Bill A5981SIGNED BY GOVERNOR    2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes the crime of unlawful dissemination or publication of an intimate image             DOWNLOAD BILL TEXT PDF

  • Farm workers bill creates new eligibility  for workers compensation and unemployment. Farm workers can now unionize. June 2019  Signed by  Governor Andrew Cuomo

Agriculture and markets law.   § 353-d.  Where the operator of a vehicle cannot be promptly located, a police officer or Firefighter directed to respond to a call for assistance for an  animal may take necessary steps to remove the animal or animals from the hot  vehicle.                          Signed by the Governor  Summer 2019

The José Peralta Dreamers act  offers  NY  SUNY  college  TAP scholarships  for non naturalized young people brought to NY, by their parents.                                            Signed by Governor  Cuomo Spring 2019 

The adverse possession law was amended around 2009 so as to resolve the issue of  boundary line trees, sheds, and fences  "The real property actions and proceeding law is amended by adding  a new section "543"  The existence of De-Minimus Non-structural encroachments including but not limited to  fences, hedges shrubbery, plantings, sheds and non structural walls shall be deemed to be permissive and non-adverse. The act of  lawn mowing or similar maintenance across the boundary line of an adjoining  landowners property shall be deemed permissive and non-adverse.  To sum up you cannot claim ownership (adverse possession )  of  a piece of a neighboring property because of  planting or maintenance oversights

Hospital bills Law  In  New York:If you were admitted to a covered hospital or ambulatory surgical center within your health care or HMO network ,and the doctor or hospitalist called in a specialist or ordered tests by technicians, not in your health care network, you are protected from these" surprise bills" by a NY law. (If you choose to receive care from a non-participating doctor instead of a participating doctor, then it is not a surprise bill)

Your HMO health plan or NY insurer(not self insured) must protect you from surprise bills for out-of-network emergency services and for hospital inpatient services that follow an emergency room visit. Your bill should be reduced to your in-network co-payment, deductible or coinsurance. The New York Dept. of Financial services, which regulates this law explains how to manage a surprise bill ,so you will only have to pay your in-network copayment, coinsurance, or deductible :