The New York Supreme Court’s Commercial Division’s Chief Administrative Judge has issued an Administrative Order, effective December 1, 2015, to encourage applications to stay or compel arbitration, or to affirm or disaffirm arbitration awards, to be brought in that court when the applications concern foreign arbitrations.  AO 161/15 Amending the Rules Relating to Monetary Thresholds in Commercial Cases (Oct. 14, 2015).  The amendment to Section 202.70(b)(12) of the Uniform Rules for the Supreme and County Courts (Rules of the Commercial Division) removes the monetary threshold for such applications “[w]here the applicable arbitration agreement provides for the arbitration to be heard outside the United States.”