§84. Legislative declaration:"The people's right to know the process of governmental decision-making and to review the documents and statistics 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. The 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. (Public officers Law Article 6)
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.
ere is a bill that 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 . Call your assemblyperson 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 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
- 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 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 :