1. The board of supervisors may acquire by condemnation, purchase, gift or devise burial plots outside a city or village within the county, for the burial of indigent persons. Such burial plots shall be under the general care and supervision of the county commissioner of public welfare.

Terms Used In N.Y. County Law 222

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • 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.
  • Devise: To gift property by will.
  • 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
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Real property: Land, and all immovable fixtures erected on, growing on, or affixed to the land.

2. a. The board of supervisors or county legislature may, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total membership of the board, acquire by condemnation, purchase, gift or devise lands outside a city or village within the county and establish and maintain a county cemetery for the burial of members of the armed forces of the United States. Remains of the members of the armed forces of the United States, heretofore or hereafter dying may be interred in such county cemetery or may be removed from other cemeteries or burial plots and be interred in such county cemetery as authorized by law. The county cemetery shall be under the general care and supervision of such officer or employee of the county or other person as the board of supervisors may direct.

b. Any member of the armed forces of the United States, who was a resident of Rockland county at the time of his induction into the armed forces of the United States, killed in action may be buried in such county cemetery, entirely at county expense, at the option of the next of kin. The board of supervisors or county legislature may adopt rules or regulations governing the cost, procedure for interment and rights of the next of kin.

3. Any such county cemetery or burial plot may be designated by name and adequate maintenance, perpetual care, ornamentation and markers provided. The board of supervisors may adopt rules governing interments and the rights of distributees, not inconsistent with law.

4. A portion or block of lots may be purchased in an existing incorporated cemetery association within the county for such purposes and title shall be taken in the name of the county. Subject to such conditions and restrictions as may be imposed by the incorporated cemetery

association,

adequate

maintenance, perpetual care, ornamentation and markers may be provided.

5. Burial plots for the indigent shall be kept separate and apart from plots for the burial of members of the armed forces of the United States; and no member of the armed forces shall be interred in the same part of the cemetery as indigents.

5-a. The board of supervisors of any county may, by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the total membership of the board, provide for the perpetual care, upkeep and maintenance of any cemetery located within the county if such cemetery is abandoned or not controlled by an existing board or body and for the care of which there exists no special fund or endowment and the expense thereof may be appropriated from funds in the county treasury not otherwise appropriated. The board of supervisors may also provide that any such cemetery shall be under the general care and supervision of such officer or employee of the county as the board of supervisors may direct.

6. Nothing herein shall be deemed to affect, impair or supersede any other general or special law authorizing a county to establish and maintain cemeteries.

7. (a) No county shall, directly or indirectly:

(i) sell, or have, enter into or perform a lease of any of its real property dedicated to cemetery purposes or adjacent thereto to a funeral entity, or use any of its property for location of a funeral entity;

(ii) commingle funds used for cemetery purposes with a funeral entity;

(iii) direct or carry on its cemetery related business or affairs with a funeral entity;

(iv) authorize control of its cemetery related business or affairs by a funeral entity;

(v) engage in any sale or cross-marketing of goods or services with a funeral entity;

(vi) have, enter into or perform a management or service contract for cemetery operations with a funeral entity; or

(vii) have, enter into or perform a management contract with any entity other than a not-for-profit or religious corporation, or governmental entity.

(b) Only the provisions of subparagraphs (i) and (ii) of paragraph (a) of this subdivision shall apply to counties with thirty acres or less of real property dedicated to cemetery purposes, and only to the extent the sale or lease is of real property dedicated to cemetery purposes, and such cemeteries shall not engage in the sale of funeral home goods or services, except if such goods and services are otherwise permitted to be sold by cemeteries.

(c) For the purposes of this subdivision, “funeral entity” means a person, partnership, corporation, limited liability company or other form of business organization providing funeral home services, or owning, controlling, conducting or affiliated with a funeral home, any subsidiary thereof or any officer, director or stockholder having a ten per centum or greater proprietary, beneficial, equitable or credit interest in a funeral home.