2019 New York Laws
PBS - Public Service
Article 1 - The Department of Public Service
25 - Penalties.

Universal Citation: NY Pub Serv L § 25 (2019)
§ 25. Penalties.  1.  Every  public  utility  company,  corporation or
person and the officers, agents and employees  thereof  shall  obey  and
comply  with  every  provision  of  this  chapter  and  every  order  or
regulation adopted under authority of this chapter so long as  the  same
shall be in force.
  2. Any public utility company, corporation or person and the officers,
agents and employees thereof that knowingly fails or neglects to obey or
comply  with  a  provision  of  this  chapter  or an order adopted under
authority of this chapter so long as the same shall be in  force,  shall
forfeit  to  the people of the state of New York a sum not exceeding one
hundred thousand dollars constituting a civil penalty for each and every
offense and, in the case of a continuing violation, each  day  shall  be
deemed a separate and distinct offense.
  3.  Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision two of this section,
any such public utility company, corporation or person and the officers,
agents and employees thereof that knowingly fails or neglects to obey or
comply with a provision of this  chapter,  or  an  order  or  regulation
adopted  under  the  authority of this chapter, adopted specifically for
the protection of  human  safety,  including  but  not  limited  to  the
commission's  code  of gas safety regulations shall, if it is determined
by the commission that such safety violation  caused  or  constituted  a
contributing  factor  in  bringing  about  a  death  or personal injury,
forfeit to the state of New York a sum not to exceed the greater of:

(a) two hundred and fifty thousand dollars constituting a civil penalty for each separate and distinct offense; provided, however, that for purposes of this paragraph each day of a continuing violation shall not be deemed a separate and distinct offense. The total period of a continuing violation, as well as every distinct violation, shall be similarly treated as a separate and distinct offense for purposes of this paragraph; or

(b) the maximum forfeiture determined in accordance with subdivision two of this section. 4. Notwithstanding the provisions of subdivision one or two of this section, a public utility company, corporation or person and the officers, agents and employees thereof that knowingly fails or neglects to obey or comply with a provision of this chapter, or an order or regulation adopted under authority of this chapter, designed to protect the overall reliability and continuity of electric service, shall forfeit to the state of New York a sum not to exceed the greater of:

(a) five hundred thousand dollars constituting a civil penalty for each separate and distinct offense; provided, however, that for purposes of this paragraph each day of a continuing violation shall not be deemed a separate and distinct offense. The total period of a continuing violation, as well as every distinct violation, shall be similarly treated as a separate and distinct offense for purposes of this paragraph; or

(b) the maximum forfeiture determined in accordance with subdivision two of this section. 5. Penalties provided for pursuant to this section shall be recovered in an action as provided in section twenty-four of this article. 6. Any payment made by a public utility company, corporation or person and the officers, agents and employees thereof as a result of an action as provided in section twenty-four of this article and the cost of litigation and investigation related to any such action shall not be included by the commission in revenue requirements used to establish rates and charges. 7. In construing and enforcing the provisions of this chapter relating to forfeitures and penalties, the act of any director, officer, agent or employee of a public utility company, corporation or person acting within the scope of his or her official duties or employment shall be deemed to be the act of such public utility company, corporation or person.

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