New York is a different animal. While 49 states in the union allow citizens to get DNA testing for any reason at any time without any restriction, the Empire State does not. It regulates all genetic testing for relationships. Recently, a DNA lab released a home paternity test kit into the retail market. Consumers could purchase the kit at a local pharmacy, bring it home for self collection, and send it into the lab for testing. A DNA Test in New York is not that simple. All tests in NY must be considered legal tests.
There are three ways to obtain a legal DNA test in NY. The first is a court order. When a woman applies for child support and is required to name a father the court often orders genetic testing. The second way is an order from U.S. Immigration. The USCIS is requesting DNA testing on families petitioning for visas as a means of proof of relationships. New York is the melting pot of the world, and immigrants petition for visas by the tens of thousands. A request for DNA testing from U.S. Immigration is sufficient for a legal test. The third way to obtain DNA testing is through a prescription from a doctor. If a medical doctor determines that a DNA test is necessary, then that doctor can write a prescription for it.
Next is the issue of court admissible results. Home kits or tests that are self-collected are not admissible in court as evidence, and are not legal in the state of New York. New York requires legal testing, meaning the results must be admissible as evidence. This requires both a chain of custody, and collection by an unbiased third party.
The truth is, some companies offer home kits in New York. It’s also true that New York State Law requires legal DNA testing and most accredited DNA companies abide by those laws. Consumers should be skeptical about the quality and accuracy of results from companies who do not follow those laws.
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We continue our tour “The George Washington Trail” to midtown, you may consider a short stop at Caswell and Massey at 48th and Lexington, the country’s oldest pharmacy. There are several restaurants in the area suitable for a lunch break or snack. The pharmacy still offers the cologne or after-shave GW purchased there back in the 1770’s.
Twelve blocks south at Madison and 36th make a brief stop at the Pierpont Morgan Library to see the Presidents death mask. Right before you is actually how George Washington really looked; the mask is identical to a mold done while he was alive. You will find it difficult to leave the very elegant private library of J.P. Morgan after the overwhelming scale of the Metropolitan Museum, so you may choose to end your tour here.
If not, continue downtown to Washington Square and pause a moment before the two formidable white marble sculptures of Washington that stand on either side of the graceful Triumphal Arch at the entrance to the Park on Fifth Avenue and Waverly Place. Built in 1889 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his Inauguration, on the left, see GW as General and Military Commander, while on the right – the citizen President.
We conclude our tour downtown in the Financial District. You can just as easily decide to begin your tour here as a cluster of nearby sites has Washington connections and then work your way north. See GW’s handsome bronze statue outside Federal Hall (the plaques underneath with scenes from his life photograph nicely).
Look for the President’s chair in St. Paul’s Chapel on Broadway and Fulton St. Once upon a time, he and Martha worshiped here. Finally, we arrive at Fraunces Tavern Museum, where you can enjoy a traditional American lunch or dinner. The beautiful brick building maintained by the Son’s of the American Revolution is the place where Washington bid his officers farewell in 1783.
If you would like to explore more about the American Revolution and Colonial Period, try Google Social Studies for Kids. The site provides lots of pictures and downloadable information such as every President’s Inaugural Address, take a moment to read GW’s First Address.
A special re-enactment of Washington’s Inauguration will take place on April 30. Mark your calendar to join the colorful celebration in honor of the 220th Anniversary of this historic event at Federal Hall and St. Paul’s Chapel, call 212 233-4164 for details.