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New York Enacts New Legislation For New York Nonprofits

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New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 into law, effective July 1, 2014, making a number of key reforms to New York law that have long been sought by the charitable sector and legal practitioners. Nonprofit organizations will now be able to incorporate, dissolve and merge more easily; communicate and hold meetings using modern technology like Skype and videoconference; and effect various transactions without the need to seek Court approval. The new law has added new governance provisions to provide crucial oversight and governance reforms. Nonprofit boards will have to perform stricter oversight of insider deals, and the Attorney General will be better able to hold insiders accountable for abuse. The new law requires the adoption of more robust financial oversight requirements, conflict of interest policies, and, for certain charities, whistleblower policies to protect nonprofit employees from retaliation when they identify wrongdoing.