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County Legislature Voices Support on Increasing Access to Public Notices

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The Cortland County Legislature voted unanimously during their monthly meeting last Thursday to advocate for the New York State Senate and the State Assembly to support a bill that would allow for online publication of public notices.


Currently, the county has designated two local newspapers as the official newspapers for county public notices. The county cited lower subscriber rates thus leading to a lower amount of the public being notified of public notices as one of the reasons to allow for online publication of public notices.

Public notices can include upcoming government meetings, public hearings, formation of a new company, legal notices, etc.

Publishing public notices online would help the county greatly expand the public’s access to the notifications. The public notices would only be allowed to be published with other local newspapers with a local presence.

Justification for the law from the New York State Assembly cites the allowance of public notices to be searched for through a public search engine and faster publication of the notices. The State Assembly also stated it could lower the cost to individuals and government agencies by reducing the needs for paper, printing, and revenue support for inefficient legacy business.

The bill has yet to pass the State Assembly or Senate, but the county hopes their resolution of support for the bill will lead to the passage in both the Assembly and Senate and then to the desk of Governor Hochul to sign into law. If signed into law, the law would go into effect immediately.

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