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Cemetery Rules, Prices and Charges

The following pamphlet, Cemetery Rules, Prices and Charges is also available in printed form. To obtain a copy, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Funeral Consumers Alliance of L.I./NYC, P.O. BOX 683, Greenlawn, NY 11740

This information is important because the Cemetery Board has decided that it does not have the authority to issue a regulation requiring cemeteries under its jurisdiction to distribute copies of a cemetery’s rules, regulations, prices and charges except immediately prior to purchase of cemetery property. At present, a single copy must be placed in a conspicuous location in the cemetery office. You can obtain a copy of the price list for the actual cost of printing.

Our pamphlet attempts to help the consumer obtain accurate information while we work to have the law changed so that it requires cemeteries to make this information available in writing to any interested person. Feel free to copy and share the pamphlet.

As a consumer you can exercise your right to obtain information before entering into a contract. If a cemetery refuses to show you the Cemetery Board approval for a cemetery rule, regulation, price or charge that seems unreasonable, you may wish to leave the cemetery office and file a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request for the information with the Division of Cemeteries, 123 William Street, 20th floor, NYC, NY 10038-3804 or Division of Cemeteries, 41 State Street, Suite 1110, Albany, NY 12231-0001 The Freedom of Information Law can be found at: www.dos.state.ny.us/foil2.html

Thank you for the support that many of you have given to us by responding to our request for letters of support and by your donations. All donations are used for expenses such as printing and train fare to Cemetery Board Meetings in Albany. We have no paid staff.

To obtain a copy of Cemetery Rules, Prices and Charges (as a .pdf file) click here