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 the Governor

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   Funded with twenty seven million dollars for  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. 

(S.870A/A.861A)   This bill was passed regarding  backyard cameras that invade a neighboring property's privacy .It gives the right to sue the offending neighbor.       Signed by the Governor August 17,2017

 
Congress has not passed a national law to cover surprise hospital bills across the country, but New York has protected its residents.,\

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 :

  • Sign AOB Form.Sign an Assignment Of Benefits form to allow your provider to seek payment from your health plan; AND
  • Send AOB Form and Bill. Send the assignment of benefits form to your health plan and provider and include a copy of the bill you do not think you should pay.

"If you are uninsured or your employer or union self-insures, file a surprise bill dispute through the independent dispute resolution (IDR) process if the doctor did not give you the required information about your care. You will have to pay the fee for the IDR if your doctor's bill is upheld unless your household income is below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Complete an IDR Patient Application and send it to NYS Department of Financial Services, Consumer Assistance Unit/IDR Process, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY 12257. IDR Patient Application