New York Abandoned Property Law
Publication of List of Abandoned Property
1. On or before the first day of February in each year, such county treasurer or the commissioner of finance of the city of New York shall cause to be published a notice entitled: “NOTICE OF NAMES OF PERSONS APPEARING AS OWNERS OF CERTAIN UNCLAIMED PROPERTY HELD BY (title of officer).” 2. Such notice shall be published once in two newspapers published in the county where such abandoned property is held, except that if such abandoned property is held by the commissioner of finance of the city of New York it shall be published once in two newspapers published daily in the city of New York, not more than one of which shall be published in any one county. If there is only one newspaper published in any such county, such notice shall be published in such newspaper, or, if there are no newspapers published in such county, then 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 be classified as the state comptroller shall prescribe and shall set forth:
(a) the names and last-known addresses, in alphabetical order, of all persons appearing to be entitled to any such abandoned property, as of the first day of January next preceding, amounting to fifty dollars or more, except the names of persons appearing to be the owners of abandoned property which since such date has ceased to be abandoned. 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;
(b) such other information as the state comptroller may require; and
(c) a statement (i) that a list of the names contained in such notice is on file and open to public inspection at the office of such officer;
(ii) that such unclaimed moneys or other property will be paid or delivered by him on or before the thirty-first day of March to persons establishing to his satisfaction their right to receive the same; and
(iii) that in the succeeding month of April, 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 he shall thereupon cease to be liable therefor.
4. Such county treasurer or commissioner of finance of the city of New York shall file with the state comptroller on or before the tenth day of February in each year proof by affidavit of such publication.