January 18, 2022 Client Memo re Continuation of the Authority to Hold Remote Public Meetings
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
Governor Hochul has signed legislation extending the authority for public bodies to hold public meetings remotely and without in-person access until the end of the State’s COVID-19 disaster emergency.
Governor Hochul declared the current COVID-19 disaster emergency through Executive Order 11 on November 26, 2021. We will let you know when that declaration expires or is terminated. Until that time, public bodies can continue to hold a public meeting: (1) in person, without permitting the public to attend in-person; or (2) remotely, by conference call or similar service. In either case, the public must be able to view or listen to the meeting (by phone, internet live-stream; etc.) and the meeting must be recorded and later transcribed.
If you have any questions regarding remote public meetings, please contact Lindsay Crocker, Lauren Schnitzer or one of our other attorneys by calling (631) 694-2300.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
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