Dutchess County , NY
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[HISTORY: Adopted by Dutchess County 3-14-1955 by L.L. No. 3-1955.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
Subpoenas, oaths and affirmations — See Civil Practice Law and Rules Art. 23.
Authority of County with respect to investigations — See County Law § 209.
Audit and payment of claims — See County Law § 369.
Records management — See Ch. 88.
Editor's Note: Amended in its entirety at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
In pursuance of the provisions of § 369 of the County Law, pertaining to the audit and payment of claims, and the provisions of § 209 of the County Law wherein the County Legislature is empowered to conduct investigations into matters within its jurisdiction, including the power to issue subpoenas and examine persons in interest, it shall be the duty of the Legislature, directly or by committee, to cause all claims to be thoroughly investigated, and the Legislature or any member of the committee so delegated shall have the power to issue subpoenas in pursuance of § 209 of the County Law to compel the attendance of the claimant or any other person or persons to appear to be sworn or affirmed and testify before the Legislature or a committee delegated by the Legislature relative to such claim and when so sworn to answer as to any facts relative to the justness of the same; the result of such examination shall be filed with this Legislature. Such subpoenas shall be served at any place provided by statute within the State of New York, and in the same manner in which subpoenas issued out of the courts of record are served. Proceedings to punish for any failure to comply therewith shall be taken pursuant to Article 23 of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
The Chair of the Legislature or any member of said committee may administer the oath to any witness, and adjournments may be taken from time to time. The power to compel witnesses to testify as provided in this section is for the sole benefit of the County of Dutchess and no transcript of testimony given or record or records of proceedings had in any examination pursuant to this section shall be subject to or available for public inspection, except upon court order upon good cause shown; provided, however, that a claimant shall be permitted to inspect such transcript or record with respect to his/her own claim and to make, obtain or be furnished with a copy thereof at his/her own expense without court order.