I've been reading the messages about access to NYS Vital records. You
should know that Bob Freeman from the NY State Committee on Open
Government feels that marriage records are open records. There was a
court ruling a few years back that the application for a marriage license
was public. The Dept of Health and some town clerks still disagree with
that. Bob's point is that a marriage is a public ceremony. So the
record of it doesn't need to be restricted.
Sorry, I digress off the death record debate. The 50 year restriction on
those is totally weird. And try something weirder. Did you know that
coroner reports are sealed forever unless you get a court order? At
least the last time I heard that was the case. If anyone know something
different, I'd like to know. Tx.
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