Late Monday evening, Governor Andrew Cuomo posted his fifty-second Executive Order during this state of emergency. Executive Order 202.51, issued on July 13, 2020, continues the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202.31 (found here), the suspensions and directives contained in Executive Order 202.41 (found here), the directive contained in Executive Order 202.42 (found here), and the suspensions and directives contained in Executive Order 202.43 (found here), for another thirty days through August 12, 2020 except for the statutes, regulations and codes as identified below. In addition, Executive Order 202.51 modifies or suspends certain statutes and laws, all of which are designed to address matters related to the COVID-19 crisis. Executive Order 202.51 is effective from July 13, 2020 through August 12, 2020. A copy of Executive Order 202.51 can be found here.
RESTORATION OF LAWS, CODES AND REGULATIONS
Executive Order 202.51 discontinues the suspension and modification of certain laws, codes and regulations that had occurred in previously issued Executive Orders. Pursuant to Executive Order 202.51, the following statutes, codes and regulations are no longer suspend and are now in full force and effect:
- Section 5-18.0(2) of the Nassau County Administrative Code (which relates to penalties and interest on late paid school taxes); and
- Any extension of the period for paying property taxes without interest or penalties pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 925-a.
SUSPENDED OR MODIFIED LAWS, REGULATIONS OR CODES
As with most prior executive orders, Executive Order 202.51 also suspends or modifies certain laws, codes, rules and regulations to aid in New York’s efforts to combat the COVID-19 crisis through August 12, 2020. Executive Order 202.51, by modifying or suspending the applicable laws, codes, rules and regulations, to the extent necessary:
- Reduces the required number of signatures on registered public or free association library funding petitions to three and three tenths percentum of the total number of votes cast for governor at the last gubernatorial election in such municipality, excluding blank and void votes. Such petitions shall be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled election; and
- Provides that that the minimum threshold requirement of signatures on nominating petitions for library trustee elections to be held on September 15, 2020 or on a subsequent date after September 15 through December 31, 2020, shall be a number equal to seventy percentum of the minimum number provided for by Education Law or the governing statutory provisions of such library. Such petitions shall be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled election.