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Right to call for police and emergency assistance; victim protections
Civil Rights (CVR) CHAPTER 6, ARTICLE 9
§ 91. Right to call for police and emergency assistance; victim
protections. 1. Any person who is a victim of domestic violence, as
defined in section four hundred fifty-nine-a of the social services law,
or who otherwise believes they are in need of police or emergency
assistance has the right to request such assistance and to be free of
any direct or indirect penalty or reprisal for accessing assistance, or
because they reside at a property where domestic violence or other law
enforcement or emergency response activity occurred. Other than as
provided in section ninety-two of this article, no victim of conduct
which has been used as the grounds for the application of a local law or
ordinance established for the purpose of regulating nuisances shall be
directly or indirectly penalized, or otherwise subject to reprisal by
application of such local law, including by termination or refusal to
renew a tenancy or by eviction. These protections shall also extend to
any residential occupant upon whose behalf a third party has called for
police or emergency assistance.

2. No residential occupant shall be required, either orally or in
writing, to waive rights under this article, and any such waiver shall
be void and unenforceable.