In Society of the Plastics Industry v. County of Suffolk, 77 NY2d 761 (1991), the Court of Appeals held that three requirements must be met for an association such as Petitioner Union to have standing.
First, one or more of the individual members of the association must have standing to sue.
Second, the association must demonstrate that the interests it asserts in the action or proceeding are related to the association's purpose.
"Third, it must be evident that neither the asserted claim nor the appropriate relief requires the participation of the individual members" (Id. at 771).