Right to Record Police Activity Set Into Law

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  signed legislation Sunday (S.3253-A/A.1360) known as the ‘New Yorker’s Right to Monitor Act’ – affirming the right of an individual to record law enforcement activity and to maintain custody of that recording and any instruments used to make the recording.

“Transparency is critical to renewing the community’s trust and confidence in our policing systems,” Cuomo said. Stopping police abuse vindicates the overwhelming majority – 99.9 percent – of police who are there to do the right thing, and by making clear that all New Yorkers have the right to record and keep recordings of police activity we can help restore trust in the police-community relationship.”

Cuomo also has announced that low-risk youth sports for regions in phase three of reopening can begin on July 6 with up to two spectators allowed per child. Those sports include baseball, gymnastics, softball, crew, field hockey and cross country.

Five regions–Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier–entered Phase 3 on Friday. Long Island entered Phase 2 last week.

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