Statement From State Bar Association President Henry M. Greenberg Regarding Proposal From Senate Judiciary Chair Brad Hoylman To Suspend Laws Pursuant To Executive Law Section 29-A Regarding Statutes Of Limitations And Other Legal Matters

By Dan Weiller

Law Firms’ Obligation to the Profession and Community

NYSBA President Henry M. Greenberg issued the following statement today regarding a proposal by New York State Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Brad Hoylman – and co-signed by a number of other senators – to temporarily suspend laws pursuant to Executive Law Sec. 29-a to toll all statutes, local laws, ordinances, orders, and rules or regulations that establish limitations of time for the filing or service of any legal action, notice or other process or proceeding, for the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency:

“The New York State Bar Association strongly supports the proposal from Senator Hoylman and his Senate colleagues to stop the clock on time limitations for filings or section of legal actions relating to statutes, local laws, ordinances, orders, and rules and regulations.

“In an effort to curtail the spread of coronavirus, court operations in New York have been dramatically reduced. We agree with Senator Hoylman and colleagues that prosecutors, litigants, and attorneys should not have to choose between placing themselves at risk of exposure to COVID-19 or pursuing civil and criminal justice.

“We urge the Governor to act on this proposal as soon as possible.”

About the New York State Bar Association
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