New York Abandoned Property Law
Publication of List of Abandoned Property
1. Every banking organization shall cause to be published, on or before the first day of September in each year, a notice entitled: “NOTICE OF NAMES OF PERSONS APPEARING AS OWNERS OF CERTAIN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY HELD BY (name of banking organization).” 2. Such notice shall be published once in at least one newspaper published in the city or village where such abandoned property is payable, provided, however, that if such abandoned property is payable in the city of New York, such publication shall be in a newspaper published in the county where such abandoned property is payable. If there are no newspapers published in such city or village, then such publication shall be in a newspaper published in the county where such abandoned property is payable. If there are no newspapers published in such county publication shall be in a newspaper published in an adjacent county. Such publication shall be in a newspaper printed in the English language and any other newspaper that will substantially serve to inform the public of such abandoned property. The comptroller shall promulgate rules to determine when it is appropriate to designate an additional publication.
3. Such notice shall set forth:
(a) the names and last-known addresses, which were in such report, of all persons appearing to be entitled to any such abandoned property amounting to fifty dollars or more; provided, however, that with the consent of the state comptroller the name and last-known address of any person may be omitted from such notice where special circumstances make it desirable that such information be withheld. Such names shall be listed in alphabetical order. If, however, such banking organization has reported abandoned property payable in more than one city or village or, in the case of the city of New York, more than one county, the names shall be listed alphabetically for each such city, village or county and such notice shall include only the names of the persons appearing to be entitled to abandoned property payable in such city, village or county;
(b) such other information as the state comptroller may require; and
(c) a statement (i) that a report of unclaimed amounts of money or other property held or owing by it has been made to the state comptroller and that a list of the names contained in such notice is on file and open to public inspection at the principal office or place of business of such banking organization in any city, village or county where any such abandoned property is payable;
(ii) that such unclaimed moneys or other property will be paid or delivered by it on or before the succeeding thirty-first day of October to persons establishing to its satisfaction their right to receive the same; and
(iii) that in the succeeding month of November, and on or before the tenth day thereof, such unclaimed moneys or other property still remaining will be paid or delivered to the state comptroller and that it shall thereupon cease to be liable therefor.
4. Such banking organization shall file with the state comptroller on or before the tenth day of September in each year proof by affidavit of such publication.