144-a. Information to be given to officials of the department and of social services districts. Any inconsistent provision of law notwithstanding, if requested by an authorized representative of the department or by an official of any town, city or county who is responsible for administering a program authorized by this chapter, the officials of any banking or financial organization or institution doing business in the state whether chartered under state law, federal law, or the laws of another jurisdiction, shall furnish to such governmental officials such information as such officials have as to whether any present applicant for or recipient of any assistance, care or services authorized by this chapter, has or had funds, securities or other property on deposit or in the custody of such banking or financial organization or institution, and the amount or probable value thereof. Such information shall be provided, to the extent practicable, in the format specified by such governmental officials (except that any banking or financial institution may discharge its obligation by supplying such matching information on cartridge, tape or diskette media in the American National Standard Code for Information Interchange file format). These provisions shall be inclusive of and in addition to the provisions of section four of the banking law and may be administered and enforced in any manner consistent with the provisions of this chapter or in any other manner authorized or permitted by the laws and courts of this state.
Last modified: February 3, 2019