S T A T E O F N E W Y O R K
2009-2010 Regular Sessions
I N S E N A T E
April 27, 2009
Introduced by Sen. LAVALLE -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
printed to be committed to the Committee on Judiciary
AN ACT in relation to authorizing the state comptroller to pay the
proceeds of the estate of Howard J. Geyer to any person who can trace
a familial relationship through common great-grandparents with the
decedent, and providing for a kinship hearing in the surrogate's court
of the county of Suffolk to determine persons entitled to such
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 4-1.1 of the
estates, powers, and trusts law, or any other provision of law to the
contrary, the state comptroller shall be authorized to pay the net
proceeds of the estate of Howard J. Geyer, county of Suffolk (file No.
392A2003), plus any interest accrued, from the abandoned property fund
of the state of New York, to any person who can trace a familial
relationship through common great-grandparents with the decedent.
Persons entitled to the proceeds of such estate, pursuant to this act,
shall first be determined through a kinship hearing to be conducted by
the surrogate's court of the county of Suffolk. As a condition precedent
to distribution of the funds by the state comptroller, all persons enti-
tled to the proceeds of such estate, as determined by the kinship hear-
ing, shall present to the state comptroller a binding legal agreement,
providing for the apportionment of the proceeds of such estate plus any
interest accrued, executed by all persons entitled to the proceeds. The
state comptroller shall not make any payment until such agreement shall
have been filed with both the surrogate's court of Suffolk County and
the state comptroller.
S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
[ ] is old law to be omitted.