Dear Counsel,

I hope this finds you, your families and your staff well.

Governor Cuomo has posted the following Executive Order (202.51):

Continuing Temporary Suspension and Modification of Laws

Relating to the Disaster Emergency

WHEREAS, on March 7, 2020, I issued Executive Order Number 202, declaring a State disaster emergency for the entire State of New York; and

WHEREAS, both travel-related cases and community contact transmission of COVID-19 have been documented in New York State and are expected to continue;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Andrew M. Cuomo, 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emergency or if necessary to assist or aid in coping with such disaster, do hereby continue the directives, not superseded by a subsequent directive, made by Executive Order 202.31, and I do hereby continue the suspensions and directives contained in Executive Order 202.41, the directive contained in Executive Order 202.42, and the suspensions and directives contained in Executive Order 202.43, with the following exceptions, for another thirty days through August 12, 2020:

  • Section 5-18.0(2) of the Nassau County Administrative Code is no longer suspended or modified; and
  • Any extension of the period for paying property taxes without interest or penalties pursuant to Real Property Tax Law Section 925-a is no longer in effect.


IN ADDITION, I hereby temporarily suspend or modify for the period from the date of this Executive Order through August 12, 2020, the following:

  • Subdivision 1 of section 259 of the Education Law to the extent necessary to reduce 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.
  • Any state law, rule or regulation governing the gathering of nominating petitions for any public library district or special library district election to the extent necessary to provide 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.


G I V E N   under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State in the City of Albany this thirteenth of July in the year two thousand twenty.


Secretary to the Governor