Sunday, March 22, 2020
The Governor has suspended and tolled any specific time limit for the commencement, filing of or service of any legal action. This includes but is not limited to time limits in the Criminal Procedure Law, the Family Court Act, the Civil Practice Law, the Court of Claims Act, the Surrogates Court Procedure Act and the Uniform Courts Act.
NYSBA strongly urged the Governor to take this action and applauds him for acting so quickly. The association also supported legislation tolling the Statute of Limitations introduced by state Senate Judiciary Chair Brad Holyman. We are proud to have been a leader on this issue.
The Governor also suspended sections of the vehicle and traffic law related to the expiration of driver's licenses, non-driver identification cards and vehicle registrations that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
A provision requiring shareholder meetings to be noticed and held in person has been suspended.
Finally, the Governor expanded the authority of the Commissioner of Taxation and Finance to abate interest for a period of 60 days for taxpayers required to file returns for sales and use taxes for the period that ended February 29, 2020. This expands upon existing authority of the Commissioner to abate late filing and late payment penalties.
To view the Executive Order By Governor Andrew Cuomo on March 2o, 2020, click here.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.