Legal and Compliance
Other Requirement Title:
April 15, 2021
This procedure item applies to:
Pursuant to the NYS State Finance Law, the State University of New York (SUNY) has developed procedures for processing small claims. The procedure for claims of up to $5,000.00, requires review and approval by the campus president, the Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, for claims in excess of $1,000.00, the NYS Attorney General (AG).
In accordance with the NYS Court of Claims Act filing of a claim or notice of intention to file a claim against the State of New York must be filed within 90 days after the incident therefore, prompt investigation and processing are essential. Claimants must be notified as soon as possible if use of the small claims procedure is not appropriate and/or, if the claim is denied.
Guidelines for the Use of Small Claim Procedures
There are no special definitions relevant to this requirement.
The following links to FindLaw's New York State Laws are provided for users' convenience; it is not the official site for the State of New York laws.
NYS State Finance Law §8(12-a) and (12-b) (Duties of the NYS Comptroller relating to claims against the state)
NYS Court of Claims Act § 8 (State’s Waiver of Immunity from Liability)
In case of questions, readers are advised to refer to the New York State Legislature site for the menu of New York State Consolidated.
Chapter 370 of the Laws of 1999.
Chapter 542 of the Laws of 1990.
Memorandum to campus business officers from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, dated March 3, 1992.
Letter to Office of University Counsel from the NYS Assistant Attorney General dated November 12, 1991.
Memorandum to campus business officers from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business, dated April 1, 1991.
Memorandum to Presidents from the Office of University Counsel, dated January 28, 1983.
Letter of policy from the NYS Attorney General, dated March 7, 1974.
Memorandum to Presidents and business officers from the Office of University Counsel, dated January 23, 1969.
There are no appendicies relevant to this requirement.