To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented. The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, May 15, 2020.
Since March Governor Cuomo has issued a flurry of executive orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This Legal Alert provides a timeline of certain important dates from Governor Cuomo’s executive orders so far.
The Governor has issued many dates and deadlines over the past few weeks. This timeline highlights many key dates, but does not include information pertaining to nursing homes and adult care facilities, health care workers, criminal proceedings or absentee ballots.
May 15, 2020
- Certain regions allowed to move forward to Phase 1 reopening.
May 28, 2020
- Executive Order 202.28, which extended the provisions of Executive Orders 202.3, 202.4, 202.5, 202.6, 202.7, 202.8, 202.10, 202.11, 202.13, and 202.14 which each closed or otherwise restricted public or private businesses or places of public accommodation, and which required postponement or cancellation of all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason (e.g. parties, celebrations, games, meetings or other social events), which together constitute New York On PAUSE is continued to this date.
June 1, 2020
- Any local official, state official or local government or school, which, by virtue of any law has a public hearing scheduled or otherwise required to take place in April or May of 2020 shall be postponed, until June 1, 2020, without prejudice, however such hearing may continue if the convening public body or official is able to hold the public hearing remotely, through use of telephone conference, video conference, and/or other similar service.
June 6, 2020
- All other directives issued in Executive Orders 202.1-202.14 that are not part of the New York On Pause policy, expire on June 6, 2020.
- Article 7 of the Public Officers Law is suspended until June 6, 2020, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.
- Any specific time limit for the commencement, filing, or service of any legal action, notice, motion, or other process or proceeding, as prescribed by the procedural laws of the state, including but not limited to the criminal procedure law, the family court act, the civil practice law and rules, the court of claims act, the surrogate’s court procedure act, and the uniform court acts, or by any other statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or part thereof, is tolled until June 6.
- The validity of all driver’s license, , non-driver identification cards, registration or temporary registration documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020 are deemed valid until June 6, 2020.
June 7, 2020
- The suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202.15, 202.16, 202.17, 202.18, 202.19, 202.20 and 202.21 is extended to June 7, 2020.
- Section 214-g of the Civil Practice Law and Rules is suspended until June 7, 2020, to the extent it allows an action to be commenced not later than one year and six months after the effective date of such section, is hereby modified to allow an action commenced pursuant to such section to be commenced not later than one year and eleven months after the effective date of such section.
- Any person utilizing public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles, who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering, shall wear a mask or face covering over the nose and mouth during any such trip; any person who is operating such public or private transport, shall likewise wear a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth while there are any passengers in such vehicle. This provision shall expire on June 7, 2020.
- Any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. This provision shall expire on June 7, 2020.
June 9, 2020
- The annual district meeting and election of every common, union free, central and central high school district and the annual meeting of every city school district in a city having a population of less than 125,000 inhabitants is adjourned to June 9, 2020.
June 13, 2020
- Section 240.35 of the penal law is suspended until June 13, 2020, to the extent it is inconsistent with any directive requiring an individual wear a face covering in public or otherwise.
- All enforcement mechanisms by state or local governments shall continue to be in full force and effect until June 13, 2020.
June 30, 2020
- All schools shall remain closed through the remainder of the school year.
August 20, 2020
- There shall be no initiation of a proceeding or enforcement of either an eviction of any residential or commercial tenant, for nonpayment of rent or a foreclosure of any residential or commercial mortgage, for nonpayment of such mortgage, owned or rented by someone that is eligible for unemployment insurance or benefits under state or federal law or otherwise facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic for a period of sixty days beginning on June 20, 2020.
September 15, 2020
- Any village election previously scheduled to be held in March, April, May or June will be held on September 15, 2020.
- Any district or special district, including, but not limited to fire, library, sewer, or water, that conducts an election and/or budget vote shall be rescheduled to September 15, 2020; provided however, a library district may conduct an election on June 9, 2020 if such election is managed by a school district.
Consult Counsel Regarding Specific Questions This Legal Alert does not list all dates and deadlines set forth by Governor Cuomo’s numerous executive orders. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this legal alert, or any dates or deadlines from the Executive Order, or require further assistance with this topic, please feel free to contact Eric L. Gordon or Drew Victoria Gamils or any other attorney in our Municipal or Education Law Practice Group