Oath of Office Reminder

Oath-ImageThe Public Officer’s Law requires public library trustees to take and file an oath of office. This requirement is set forth in Public Officer’s Law ยง10, which provides, in part that “[e]very officer shall take and file the oath of office required by law…” The oath to which public officers must affirm is set forth in Section I of Article XIII of the New York State Constitution and provides:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the constitution of the United States, and the constitution of the State of New York, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of …………, according to the best of my ability;”

A trustee of a public library file his or her oath of office within 30 days of commencing the term of office for which he or she is chosen, in the case of an elective office, or in the case of an appointive office, within thirty days after notice of his or her appointment or within 30 days after the commencement of such term.

For more information: http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/trustees/oath.htm