State law prohibits eavesdropping by way of wiretapping, mechanical overhearing of a conversation, or intercepting or accessing of an electronic communication (NY Penal Law Sec. 250.05).
“Wiretapping” means intentionally overhearing or recording a telephonic or telegraphic communication by a person other than a sender or receiver thereof, without the consent of either the sender or receiver, by means of any instrument, device, or equipment. “Intercepting or accessing” means intentionally acquiring, receiving, collecting, overhearing, or recording an electronic communication, without the consent of the sender or intended receiver, by means of any instrument, device, or equipment (NY Penal Law Sec. 250.00 et seq.).