September 03, 2021 New Authority to Hold Remote Public Meetings
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
We are writing to advise you that yesterday, Governor Hochul signed legislation authorizing public bodies to hold public meetings remotely and without in-person access effective immediately. This authorization will expire on January 15, 2022.
The new law allows public bodies 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. Public bodies may, therefore, return to remote meetings, as was authorized during the State Disaster Emergency.
If you have any questions regarding the above or regarding holding a remote meeting, 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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