STATE OF NEW YORK
2021-2022 Regular Sessions
May 20, 2021
Introduced by Sen. COONEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Investigations and Govern-
AN ACT to amend the public officers law, in relation to conducting meet-
ings of public bodies via video conference technology
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Subdivision (c) of section 103 of the public officers law,
2 as added by chapter 289 of the laws of 2000, is amended to read as
4 (c) (i) A public body that uses videoconferencing to conduct its meet-
5 ings shall provide an opportunity for the public to attend, listen and
6 observe [at any site at which a member participates].
7 (ii) Notwithstanding paragraph (i) of this subdivision, a public body
8 of a municipal corporation, as defined by section sixty-six of the
9 general construction law, may conduct a meeting via video conference if
10 such public body: (1) provides an opportunity for the public to contem-
11 poraneously view and listen to such meeting online; (2) makes a video
12 recording of such meeting; and (3) posts such video recording on such
13 public body's website within five business days of such meeting. In
14 addition, upon request of a member of the public, such public body shall
15 make available a specific location within the jurisdiction of such
16 municipal corporation for the public to view and listen to such meeting
17 online, provided such request is received at least forty-eight hours
18 prior to the time such meeting is scheduled to begin.
19 § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.