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State of New York vs. COVID-19 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo periodically updates New Yorkers on the state's progress during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The latest reports of the number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive and many other relevant data points concerning COVID-19 are available at forward.ny.gov.

N.B. §22 of the New York State's General Construction Law, in pertinent part, provides that “Whenever words of the masculine or feminine gender appear in any law, rule or regulation, unless the sense of the sentence indicates otherwise, they shall be deemed to refer to both male or female persons.” NYPPL applies this protocol to individuals referred to in a decision self-identifying as LGBTQA+.

January 21, 2020

Searching for abandoned property being held by the New York State Comptroller


The State’s Abandoned Property Law requires banks, insurance companies, utilities, and other businesses to turn dormant savings accounts, unclaimed insurance and stock dividends, and other inactive holdings over to the State. If there has been no activity in the account for a set period of time, usually between two and five years, the money or property is considered unclaimed or abandoned. Although Section 1402 of the Abandoned Property Law has a $20 threshold for such listing, the Comptroller uses a "$50 threshold” for the listings on his Internet website.

Periodically NYPPL provides a sample listing of abandoned property being held by the New York State Comptroller. Below are some randomly selected “New York State” governmental entities currently listed on the Comptroller’s “abandoned property” website. Searching the site requires some “detective skills,” however, as the name of the property owner is not always accurately identified by the entity depositing the property with the Comptroller.

For example, the entity may be reported merely as:

FLEET BANK N A

 However, more often the names are more accurately reported, such as:

CONAGRA FOODS LAMB WESTON INC
NIAGARA MOHAWK POWER CORP
NCS PEARSON INC
ADVISORY SERVICES CORP

PEARSON EDUCATION INC
STERLING LIFE INSURANCE CO
NEW YORK TELEPHONE CO
CDW LLC
OFFIC


UBS SECURITIES LLC
EXAMINATION MGMT SERVICES INC

SABRE HOLDINGS CORP
DELL USA LP
ONONDAGA COUNTY DEPT OF FINANCE
NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE CO
RELX INC & AFFILIATES
FASTENAL COMPANY
ACUITY SPECIALITY PRODUCTS INC
COCA COLA REFRESHMENTS USA INC
SYSTEMAX INC

OFFICE EQUIPMENT SOURCE INC
SAFETY KLEEN SYSTEMS INC
AMBIT HOLDINGS LLC
AMBIT HOLDINGS LLC
AFLAC OF NEW YORK
FIRST AMERICAN TITLE CO
  
Interested entities [including individuals] may begin searches via  http://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/index.htm

Public Personnel Law E-books

The Discipline Book - A concise guide to disciplinary actions involving public employees in New York State set out in a 700 page e-book. For more information click on https://booklocker.com/books/5215.html

A Reasonable Disciplinary Penalty Under the Circumstances - A 442-page e-book focusing on determining an appropriate disciplinary penalty to be imposed on an employee in the public service in instances where the employee has been found guilty of misconduct or incompetence. Now available in two formats - as a large, paperback print edition and as an e-book. Click on http://booklocker.com/books/7401.html for more information.

The Layoff, Preferred List and Reinstatement Manual - A 645 page e-book reviewing the relevant laws, rules and regulations, and selected court and administrative decisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/5216.html

Disability Leave for fire, police and other public sector personnel - A 1098 page e-book focusing on disability benefits available to public officers and employees employed by New York State and its political subdivisions. For more information click on http://booklocker.com/books/3916.html