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New York

New York Statutes: Civil Rights Law, Article 4-B, Sections 47 through 47c, 1986; Transportation Law, Section 147

New York law guarantees a blind person the legal right to be accompanied by a dog guide in all public accommodations, in employment, and on public transportation. No extra charge can be levied because of the dog guide's presence, but the dog must be in harness and the dog guide user can be asked to produce an identification card.

A blind person who possesses a dog guide is entitled to equal housing accommodations and cannot be charged a fee because of the dog guide.

Public accommodations include resorts, theaters, restaurants, stores, hotels, places of recreation, and all other places to which the public is invited. (Sect. 47)

Public transportation includes taxis, subways, trains, buses, boats, airplanes, and all other modes of conveyance offered for public use. (Sect. 47)

Housing accommodations include public and private rental properties designed as sleeping quarters or residences. (Sect. 47)

Employment includes state service or that of its political subdivisions and all other employment activity. Equal employment opportunity includes prohibition against discrimination based on blindness. (Sect. 47a)

Violation: Any owner, manager, or employee who interferes with the above enumerated rights is subject to prosecution under several New York State statutes. (Sect. 47c)

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