N.Y. Not-for-Profit Corporation Law Section 1504
Cemetery board and general administration


A cemetery board is hereby created within the division of cemeteries in the department of state, subject to the following requirements:


The members of such board shall be the secretary of state, the attorney general and the commissioner of health, who shall serve without additional compensation.


The secretary of state, attorney general and commissioner of health may each, by official order filed in the office of his respective department and in the office of the board, designate a deputy or other representative in his department to perform any or all of the duties under this section of the department head making such designation, as may be provided in such order. Such designation shall be deemed temporary only and shall not affect the civil service or retirement rights of any person so designated. Such designees shall serve without additional compensation.


The secretary of state shall be chairman of such board, provided that in his absence at any meeting of the board the attorney general or the commissioner of health, in such order, if either or both be present, shall act as chairman. When designees of such officers, in the absence of all such officers, are present at any meeting of the board, the designee of the secretary of state, if present, and in his absence one of the other designees present, in the same order of preference as provided for the officer appointing him, shall act as chairman.


Technical, legal or other services shall be performed in so far as practicable by personnel of the departments of state, law and health without additional compensation but the board may employ and compensate within appropriations available therefor such assistants and employees as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this section and may prescribe their powers and duties.


Two members of the board shall constitute a quorum to transact the business of the board at both regular and special meetings.


The board shall meet at least once a month, shall keep a record of all its proceedings and shall determine the rules of its own proceedings.


Special meetings may be called by the chairman upon his initiative, and must be called by him upon receipt of a written request therefor signed by another member of the board. Written notice of the time and place of such special meeting shall be delivered to the office of each member of the board.


The board shall have the duty of administering the provisions of this chapter which deal with cemetery corporations other than the cemeteries and cemetery corporations enumerated in section fifteen hundred three and shall have all the powers herein provided and such other powers and duties as may be otherwise prescribed by law.


Director of the division of cemeteries. The cemetery board shall appoint a director of the division of cemeteries who shall hold his office for a term of six years. He shall receive an annual salary to be fixed by the board within the appropriations available to the board. Subject to the supervision, direction and control of the board, the director of the division of cemeteries shall be responsible for the administration of this article and he shall exercise and perform such duties and functions of the board as it may assign or delegate to him from time to time.


Powers and duties of the cemetery board. With respect to any cemetery or cemetery corporation, the cemetery board shall have the following duties and powers:


To adopt such reasonable rules and regulations as the cemetery board shall deem necessary for the proper administration of this article.


To order any cemetery corporation to do such acts as may be necessary to comply with the provisions of this article or any rule or regulation adopted by the cemetery board or to refrain from doing any act in violation thereof. (2-a) To adopt reasonable rules and regulations to exempt those cemetery corporations from the provisions of paragraph (h) of § 1510 (Cemetery duties)section fifteen hundred ten of this chapter which because of a limited number of paid employees or appropriate resources are unable to carry out such provisions. (2-b) To adopt reasonable rules and regulations to extend the time period mandated by the provisions of paragraph (h) of § 1510 (Cemetery duties)section fifteen hundred ten of this chapter when necessary because compliance by a cemetery corporation within such time period is impossible.


To enforce its orders by mandamus or injunction in a summary proceeding or otherwise. In connection with such action or proceeding, the attorney general is authorized to take proof, issue subpoenas and administer oaths in the manner provided in the civil practice law and rules.


To impose a civil penalty upon a cemetery corporation not exceeding one thousand dollars, after conducting an adjudicatory hearing pursuant to the provisions of the state administrative procedure act, for a violation of or a failure to comply with any provisions contained in this article or any regulation, directive or order of the board, and without the need to maintain a civil action pursuant to subdivision five of this paragraph.


To maintain a civil action in the name of the people of the state to recover a judgment for a money penalty imposed under the provisions of this article.


Judicial review. Any order or determination of the cemetery board made pursuant to this article shall be subject to review by the supreme court in the manner provided by article seventy-eight of the civil practice law and rules; provided, however, that an application for review of such order or determination must be made within one hundred twenty days from the date of the filing of such order or determination, and provided further that no stay shall be granted pending the determination of the matter except on notice to the cemetery board and for a period not exceeding thirty days. Proceedings to review such order shall be entitled to a preference.

Source: Section 1504 — Cemetery board and general administration, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/NPC/1504 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Dec. 2, 2023).

Dec. 2, 2023

Last modified:
Sep. 22, 2014

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