So I've been doing some research about exactly what the law is in New York regrading the recording of certain conversations, specifically public meetings, and I've found some pretty interesting info.
First though, I'll explain why I am interested in this. At my school we have weekly meetings to discuss and vote on motions that have been made by the teachers and students and to have a general discussion about events or issues that take place at the school. I was recently elected to run these meetings, and after quite a few fumbles and complaints I decided to record myself during these meetings and review the recordings, to evaluate my performance and improve myself. I did this without informing the other members of the meeting that there was a recorder present, not because I intended to do anything malicious with these recordings but because I was just overlooking the effect it may have on the rest of the members. Now, very recently a teacher found out that I had been doing this and filed a complaint regarding the situation, citing some sort of information she had found online that said this was against New York State laws, information she testified she had found after reading two websites which stated that it is, in fact, not against the law to make such recordings. Anyway, the investigation is still ongoing and will hopefully conclude on Monday, which gives me the weekend to build my case, which is why I've been doing this research.
Now I found two websites that state it is not against the law to privately record such meetings as long as you are present at the meeting and everyone else is aware of your presence, and that you do not intend to use the recordings for blackmail or other malicious purposes. So my understanding is that it's perfectly within the law for me to record these meetings for my own private use, without informing the other members. However, since I don't have any real knowledge of these matters, other than what I've read online, I decided to seek a second opinion. So I'd really appreciate any information that you can give me in regards to my situation.
Here are the two websites I gathered this information from. This one from the Citizen Media Law Project. http://www.citmedialaw.org/legal-gui...-recording-law
And the second is a Google Answers page that lead me to the CMLP website, and provides several other helpful links. http://answers.google.com/answers/th.../id/39759.html