1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. Public Health
  4. Article 1: Short Title and Definitions: General Provisions
  5. Title 2: General Provisions


Section 12-B Wilful violation of health laws

Public Health (PBH)

1. A person who wilfully violates or refuses or omits to comply with any lawful order or regulation prescribed by any local board of health or local health officer, is guilty of a misdemeanor; except, however, that where such order or regulation applies to a tenant with respect to his own dwelling unit or to an owner occupied one or two family dwelling, such person is guilty of an offense for the first violation punishable by a fine not to exceed fifty dollars and for a second or subsequent violation is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars or by imprisonment not to exceed six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.

  * 2. A person who wilfully violates any provision of this chapter, or any regulation lawfully made or established by any public officer or board under authority of this chapter, the punishment for violating which is not otherwise prescribed by this chapter or any other law, is punishable by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or by both. Effective on and after April first, two thousand eight the comptroller is hereby authorized and directed to deposit amounts collected in excess of two thousand dollars per violation to the patient safety center account to be used for purposes of the patient safety center created by title two of article twenty-nine-D of this chapter.

  * NB Effective until April 1, 2023

  * 2. A person who wilfully violates any provision of this chapter, or any regulation lawfully made or established by any public officer or board under authority of this chapter, the punishment for violating which is not otherwise prescribed by this chapter or any other law, is punishable by imprisonment not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding two thousand dollars or by both.

  * NB Effective April 1, 2023