OPEN MEETING LAW SUSPENSION EXTENDED TO JANUARY 29, 2021

Executive Order No. 202.87 dated December 30, 2020 has extended the suspension of Open Meeting Law rules to permit remote methods of conducting meetings for local government boards until January 29, 2021. Governor Cuomo noted the following in this Executive Order:
 
IN ADDITION, Governor of the State of New York, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Section 29-a of Article 2-B of the Executive Law to temporarily suspend or modify any statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation, or parts thereof, of any agency during a State disaster emergency, if compliance with such statute, local law, ordinance, order, rule, or regulation would prevent, hinder, or delay action necessary to cope with the disaster emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, or to provide any directive necessary to respond to the disaster, do hereby continue the suspensions and modifications of law, and any directives not superseded by a subsequent directive, contained in Executive Orders 202 up to and including 202.21, and 202.27, 202.28, 202.29, 202.30, 202.31, 202.38, 202.39, 202.40, 202.41, 202.42, 202.43, 202.48, 202.49, 202.50, 202.51, 202.52, 202.55, 202.55.1, 202.56, 202.60, 202.61, 202.62, 202.63, 202.67, 202.68, 202.72, as continued and contained in Executive Order 202.79 for another thirty days through January 29, 2021 
 
Please keep in mind that this series of Executive Orders do not require a Board of Fire Commissioners to conduct a board meeting remotely.
 
It permits the Board to conduct a remote meeting or a live meeting with proper precautions (health screening, facemasks, social distancing, cleaning and disinfecting, etc.). Boards can also conduct a combination live and remote meeting where some participants are present at the meeting room and others are remote. If any aspect of the meeting will be remote in order to permit a member(s) of the Board of Fire Commissioners to participate remotely and be part of the meeting quorum, the information on how to gain remote access must be placed in the meeting legal notice, the meeting must be audio recorded and a transcript of the audio recording must be created and maintained.
 
In light of the continuing COVID-19 crisis and rising infection rates throughout the state it is anticipated that the Governor will continue to extend this remote meeting authority for several more months.