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  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Automotive fuel: shall mean , solely for purposes of this article, diesel motor fuel as defined in subdivision fourteen of section two hundred eighty-two of this chapter and motor fuel as defined in subdivision two of section two hundred eighty-two of this chapter. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Automotive fuel carrier: shall mean any carrier engaged in transporting automotive fuel. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Carrier: shall include any person having the lawful use or control, or the right to the use or control of any vehicular unit in this state. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • city: shall mean a city (a) which is co-terminous with a city school district or (b) in which a city school district is wholly or partly located. See N.Y. Real Property Tax Law 1300
  • city school district: shall mean a school district to which article fifty-one of the education law is applicable. See N.Y. Real Property Tax Law 1300
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Decedent: A deceased person.
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Docket: A log containing brief entries of court proceedings.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Executor: A male person named in a will to carry out the decedent
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.
  • filling station: shall mean any place, location or station where automotive fuel is offered for sale to a purchaser of such fuel, to be delivered directly to a vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Grantor: The person who establishes a trust and places property into it.
  • Gross weight: shall mean the unloaded weight of the motor vehicle plus the unloaded weight of the heaviest motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, dolly or other device to be drawn by such motor vehicle (determined in a manner similar to the method for determining the unloaded weight of a motor vehicle) plus the weight of the maximum load, exclusive of the weight of the driver and his helper, to be carried or drawn by such motor vehicle. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Joint committee: Committees including membership from both houses of teh legislature. Joint committees are usually established with narrow jurisdictions and normally lack authority to report legislation.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Legatee: A beneficiary of a decedent
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Morphine milligram equivalent: shall mean a unit multiplied by its strength per unit multiplied by the morphine milligram equivalent conversion factor. See N.Y. Tax Law 497
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • mortgage: as used in this article includes every mortgage or deed of trust which imposes a lien on or affects the title to real property, notwithstanding that such property may form a part of the security for the debt or debts secured thereby. See N.Y. Tax Law 250
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • Motor vehicle: shall include any automobile, truck, tractor or other self-propelled device, having a gross weight in excess of eighteen thousand pounds, or any truck having an unloaded weight in excess of eight thousand pounds, or any tractor, having an unloaded weight in excess of four thousand pounds, which is used upon the public highways otherwise than upon fixed rails or tracks. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Oath: A promise to tell the truth.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Opioid: shall mean an "opiate" as defined by subdivision twenty-three of section thirty-three hundred two of the public health law and any natural, synthetic, or semisynthetic "narcotic drug" as defined by subdivision twenty-two of such section that has agonist, partial agonist, or agonist/antagonist morphine-like activities or effects similar to natural opium alkaloids, and any derivative, congener, or combination thereof listed in schedules II-V of section thirty-three hundred six of the public health law. See N.Y. Tax Law 497
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: shall include an individual, co-partner, limited liability company, society, association, corporation, joint stock company, lessee, and any combinations of individuals; an executor, administrator, receiver, trustee or other fiduciary. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Personal property: All property that is not real property.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Public highway: shall include any public highway, street, avenue, road, public place, public driveway or any other public way; provided, however, that the term "public highway" as used in sections five hundred three and five hundred three-b of this article shall not include any portion of the thruway for which a fee, rental or charge for the use thereof, has been made by the thruway authority pursuant to the provisions of title nine of article two of the public authorities law. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.
  • real property: as used in this article includes the land itself above and under water, all buildings and other articles and structures, substructures and superstructures, erected upon, under or above, or affixed to the same; all wharves and piers, including the value of the right to collect wharfage, cranage or dockage thereon; all bridges, all telegraph lines, wires, poles and appurtenances; all supports and inclosures for electrical conductors and other appurtenances upon, above and underground; all surface, underground or elevated railroads, including the value of all franchises, rights or permission to construct, maintain or operate the same in, under, above, on or through, streets, highways, or public places; all railroad structures, substructures and superstructures, tracks and the iron thereon; branches, switches and other fixtures permitted or authorized to be made, laid or placed in, upon, above or under any public or private road, street or ground; all mains, pipes and tanks laid or placed in, upon, above or under any public or private street or place for conducting steam, heat, water, oil, electricity or any property, substance or product capable of transportation or conveyance therein or that is protected thereby, including the value of all franchises, rights, authority or permission to construct, maintain or operate, in, under, above, upon, or through, any streets, highways or public places, any mains, pipes, tanks, conduits or wires, with their appurtenances, for conducting water, steam, heat, light, power, gas, oil or other substance, or electricity or telegraphic, telephonic or other purposes; all trees and underwood growing upon land, and all mines, minerals, quarries and fossils in and under the same, except mines belonging to the state; and all the forms of housing which are adaptable to motivation by a power connected thereto or which may be propelled by a power within themselves and which are or can be used as a house or living abode or habitation of one or more persons, or for business, commercial or office purposes, either temporarily or permanently, and commonly called and hereafter referred to as "trailers"; except (1) transient trailers which have been located within the boundaries of a city, town or village for less than sixty days and (2) trailers which are for sale and which are not occupied. See N.Y. Tax Law 250
  • Registrant: shall mean : (1) any person, firm, corporation or association that: (i) is required to be registered with the education department as a wholesaler, manufacturer, or outsourcing facility pursuant to section six thousand eight hundred eight or section six thousand eight hundred eight-b of the education law and (ii) holds and transfers title to an opioid unit; (2) any person, firm, corporation or association that: (i) would be required to be registered with the education department as a wholesaler, manufacturer, or outsourcing facility pursuant to such section six thousand eight hundred eight-b but for the exception in subdivision two of such section and (ii) holds and transfers title to an opioid unit; or (3) any person, firm, corporation or association that: (i) is required to be registered with the health department as a manufacturer or distributor of a controlled substance pursuant to section thirty-three hundred ten of the public health law and (ii) holds and transfers title to an opioid unit. See N.Y. Tax Law 497
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.
  • Rescission: The cancellation of budget authority previously provided by Congress. The Impoundment Control Act of 1974 specifies that the President may propose to Congress that funds be rescinded. If both Houses have not approved a rescission proposal (by passing legislation) within 45 days of continuous session, any funds being withheld must be made available for obligation.
  • Right of rescission: Right to cancel, within three business days, a contract that uses the home of a person as collateral, except in the case of a first mortgage loan. There is no fee to the borrower, who receives a full refund of all fees paid. The right of rescission is guaranteed by the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Source: OCC
  • Sale: shall mean any transfer of title to an opioid unit for a consideration where actual or constructive possession of such opioid unit is transferred by a registrant holding title to such opioid unit to a purchaser or its designee in this state. See N.Y. Tax Law 497
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • tax: as used in this article shall include the tax imposed by this section as well as the tax imposed by subdivision one of section two hundred seventy and a reference to such tax, subdivision one of section two hundred seventy or section two hundred seventy shall include the tax imposed by this section, subdivision one of this section and this section, respectively. See N.Y. Tax Law 270-D
  • tax district: as used in this article means a city or town. See N.Y. Tax Law 250
  • Testify: Answer questions in court.
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Uniform Commercial Code: A set of statutes enacted by the various states to provide consistency among the states' commercial laws. It includes negotiable instruments, sales, stock transfers, trust and warehouse receipts, and bills of lading. Source: OCC
  • Unit: shall mean a single finished dosage form of an opioid, such as a pill, tablet, capsule, suppository, transdermal patch, buccal film, milliliter of liquid, milligram of topical preparation, or any other form. See N.Y. Tax Law 497
  • Unloaded weight: shall mean the actual weight of the motor vehicle, which includes all equipment necessary for the performance of the function of the vehicle as a vehicle, necessary for the safety of the vehicle, permanently attached to the vehicle, used exclusively for the protection of the load carried by the vehicle or used exclusively for the loading or unloading of the vehicle. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Vehicular unit: shall mean a motor vehicle alone or in combination with any other motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer, dolly, or other device drawn thereby. See N.Y. Tax Law 501
  • Wholesale acquisition cost: shall mean the manufacturer's list price for an opioid unit to wholesalers or direct purchasers in the United States, not including prompt pay or other discounts, rebates or reductions in price, for the most recent month for which the information is available, as reported in wholesale price guides or other publications of drug or biological pricing data. See N.Y. Tax Law 497