New York Arts and Cultural Affairs Law
Actions by and Against a Trust
1. The supreme court shall have exclusive jurisdiction of any action, suit or special proceeding brought by or against or involving a trust. The venue of any action, suit or special proceeding brought against a trust shall be laid in the city and county in which its principal office is located.
2. Any action or proceeding to which a trust or the people of the state, a county or a municipality may be parties, in which any question arises as to the validity of this article or the special law creating the trust, shall be preferred over all other civil causes except election causes in all courts of the state and shall be heard and determined in preference to all other civil business pending therein except election causes, irrespective of position on the calendar. The same preference shall be granted upon application of counsel to a trust in any action or proceeding in which the trust is a party or in which such counsel may be allowed to intervene.
3. Except as otherwise expressly provided by a lease, sublease, or other agreement to which it is a party, a participating cultural institution or not-for-profit cultural organization shall not be liable to any person for any claim, loss, cost or damage arising from or in connection with the development of a combined-use facility, a facility for a not-for-profit cultural organization or a public television facility with respect to which a trust entered an agreement prior to January first, nineteen hundred ninety, or any part or portion thereof.