New York Canal Law
Acquisition of Cemeteries
Whenever in the judgment of the corporation, it is necessary for the purposes of improving, maintaining or repairing the canal system, to appropriate any property occupied by graves, burial places, cemeteries or other places of interment of human remains, the corporation may acquire such property in the manner and by the method prescribed by this article. It shall cause the removal of all such remains to any other cemetery or burial place, whether private or public, as the board of trustees or governing body of such burial place or burial ground shall designate. All removals and transportation of such human remains shall be done in accordance with the provisions of the public health law. Whenever any person or persons legally entitled to direct as to the disposition of any human remains exhumed or to be exhumed from any cemetery, burial place or graves as herein provided, desires to remove the same for reinterment to any burial plot or cemetery not within the same county from which such remains were exhumed, such person or persons so entitled to designate such other burial place or plot shall be permitted to remove such exhumed remains from such county subject to the written consent of the corporation and provisions of the public health law, but no portion of the expense of such transportation or burial in another county shall be borne by the state or the corporation.