In New York, an action for breach of contract is generally subject to a six-year statute of limitations. In situations where the contract contains a promise to pay money, however, an acknowledgement of that debt—whether expressed in writing or implied by a partial payment—may reinvigorate the statute of limitations. Specifically, where an action for breach of contract is otherwise time-barred because the action accrued more than six years earlier, proof of written acknowledgement or partial payment of the underlying debt may renew the statute of limitations as of the date of that acknowledgement or payment. The rationale behind this rule is that the acknowledgement or partial payment of the debt evidences an intent to make future payment by which the debtor is in a sense renewing the agreement to pay the moneys due under the otherwise lapsed contract.
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