New York Rural Electric Cooperative Law
Each incorporator of a cooperative shall be a member thereof, but no other person may become a member thereof unless such other person agrees to use electric energy or other services furnished by the cooperative when they are made available through its facilities. Any member of a cooperative who agrees to use electric energy shall cease to be a member if he does not use electric energy supplied by the cooperative within six months after it is made available to him or if electric energy is not made available to him by the cooperative within two years after he becomes a member, or such lesser period as the by-laws of the cooperative may provide. A husband and wife may hold a joint membership in a cooperative. Membership in a cooperative shall not be transferable, except as provided in the by-laws. The by-laws may prescribe additional qualifications and limitations in respect of membership.