ALBANY – New York will not impose liability on people who host events in their homes if they fail to summon emergency help if a guest is stricken by a medical emergency.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill imposing what sponsors said was a first-in-the-nation duty on hosts to “provide reasonable assistance” to guests they believe are suffering from a life-threatening condition. If they failed to do so, A3303/S1178 would have established a new section of General Obligations Law §9-201 to make hosts “liable for damages for injuries sustained by such guest or for damages for the death of such guest which occurred by reason of such failure.”

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