New York Rural Electric Cooperative Law
Payment of Indemnification Other Than by Court Award
(a) A person who has been successful, on the merits or otherwise, in the defense of a civil or criminal action or proceeding of the character described in section twenty-five shall be entitled to indemnification as authorized in such section.
(b) Except as provided in subdivision (a) of this section, any indemnification under section twenty-five of this article or otherwise permitted by section twenty-four of this article, unless ordered by a court under section twenty-seven of this article, shall be made by the cooperative only if authorized in the specific case:
(1) by the board acting by a quorum consisting of directors who are not parties to such action or proceeding upon a finding that the director or officer has met the standard of conduct set forth in section twenty-five of this article or established pursuant to section twenty-four of this article, as the case may be, or, (2) if a quorum under paragraph one of this subdivision is not obtainable or, even if obtainable, a quorum of disinterested directors so directs:
(i) By the board upon the opinion in writing of independent legal counsel that indemnification is proper in the circumstances because the applicable standard of conduct set forth in such sections has been met by such director or officer, or
(ii) By the members upon a finding that the director or officer has met the applicable standard of conduct set forth in such sections.
(c) Expenses incurred in defending a civil or criminal action or proceeding may be paid by the cooperative in advance of the final disposition of such action or proceeding upon receipt of an undertaking by or on behalf of such director or officer to repay such amount as, and to the extent, required by subdivision (a) of section twenty-eight of this article.