New York Consolidated Laws, Public Health Law - PBH § 4213. Cadavers;  delivery to relatives or friends

1. In the counties of Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Madison and Cortland, a friend who claims the body of a deceased person for interment or other disposition may be required by the person having lawful possession, charge, custody or control of it to present an affidavit stating (a) that such claimant is a friend;  (b) the facts and circumstances upon which the claim that he is such friend is based;  and (c), that he will bear the expense of such interment or other lawful disposition.  If such claimant shall refuse to make such affidavit the body shall not be delivered to him but he shall forfeit his claim and right to same.  The expense of such affidavit, if required, shall be paid by the person requiring the affidavit.

2. If the body of a deceased person is claimed for interment or other lawful disposition by a relative and in the counties of Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Madison and Cortland a relative or friend after delivery or release to, and receipt by a university, college, school or institute, same shall be given up and released to such relative or friend.

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