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Investigate matters relating to the canal system; immunity of witnesses
§ 132. Investigate matters relating to the canal system; immunity of
witnesses. 1. The corporation may, whenever the corporation shall deem
it necessary, to effectively accomplish the purposes of this chapter,
investigate any or all matters and transactions connected with or
relating to the canal system. The corporation shall hear and take proofs
in regard to any matter pending before it or which it is authorized to
examine or investigate. It shall have power to investigate into the
official conduct of any subordinate officer or employee and shall have
the power to issue subpoenas for and require the attendance of witnesses
and the production of all books and papers relating to any matter under
inquiry. All such subpoenas shall be issued under the hand and seal of
the corporation. A subpoena issued under this section shall be regulated
by the civil practice law and rules. The testimony of witnesses in any
such proceedings shall be under oath and the state officer instituting
the proceedings shall have power to administer oaths. A witness may have
counsel and his examination by such counsel shall be reduced in writing
as part of his deposition.

2. In any investigation under this article, the corporation may confer
immunity in accordance with the provisions of section 50.20 of the
criminal procedure law.

3. All evidence taken under this section shall be filed with the
attorney-general. The expenses incurred in such investigation shall be
paid from the canal fund.