This guide provides links to primary sources of law and government websites for New York, New York City, and Westchester County.
Last Updated: Jun 8, 2015
This guide includes links to primary sources of New York law, forms on court websites, information on finding legal help, and public records.
NYOpenGovernment.com is an effort by the Attorney General’s office to promote your right to know and to monitor governmental decision-making. NYOpenGovernment.com is the only statewide resource that allows you to easily access statewide government information, which until now has been scattered or difficult to retrieve.
- New York State Government Information Locator Service
Provides a single point of access to information services provided by state agencies, the legislature and the judiciary. Hosted by the New York State Library.
- New York Bills
Federal legislation introduced in the current Congress by Senators and Representatives from New York. Part of Thomas.
- New York State Archives
This is the official repository of New York State Government records having permanent legal and historical value. Some of the legislative, judicial and executive agency records it holds are available on the website, along with exhibits and photographs.
- New York State Data Center
A cooperative program with the Census Bureau for managing the dissemination of Census, state and federal statistical information.
- New York State Library
Includes access to the online catalog and a virtual reference library.
- New York State Government Telephone Directory
Office of General Services telephone directories by agency, individual, and topic.
- Census Data for New York State
U.S. Census information.
- GIS Clearinghouse
Centralized access to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data sets for New York State. Part of the New York State Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Coordination.
- Guide to New York State Case Citations
Single page chart of most commonly cited case reporters for New York State.
- Guide to New York State Resources
Available through Findlaw.com.
- How to Compile a Legislative History for New York State
Authored by Pace Law School Professor Marie Newman.
- Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
Truncated version, also available on Lexis. Searchable by practice area and location.
- New York Bar Association Ethics Opinions
Includes ethics opinions, the Code of Professional Responsibility, and the Code of Judicial Ethics.
- Proposed New York Criminal Procedure Law (1967)
Prepared by the State of New York Temporary Commission on Revision of the Penal Law and Criminal Code. PDF, includes text of proposed CPL and comments prepared by the Commission.
Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) allows you to search property records and view document images for Manhattan, Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn from 1966 to the present
- Dutchess County Clerk Document Search
View the digital images of the filed land and legal documents for free. Download and print for $0.50/page.
New York counties available through this hosted website include Cayuga, Putnam, Richmond, and Wyoming. It serves as a portal for counties in other states as well.
- Nassau County Land Records Viewer
Allows access to assessment roll data, district information, tax maps, property photographs, past taxes, tax rates, exemptions with amounts and comparable sales. Linked to the County's Geographic Information System (GIS).
- Rockland County Land Records
Search and view documents for free.
- Westchester Records Online
Search land and legal records, maps, and trade licenses. Basic record is free, fee for documents