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Successful Implementation of Ellicott Station BOA Project

News of a $1.9 million Regional Economic Development Council grant award on 12/8/16 followed by a $500,000 Restore New York Communities Initiative award on 1/26/17 to the Batavia Development Corporation and City of Batavia to assist Savarino Companies with site/infrastructure and building renovation...
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February 01, 2017
Nicole J. Christian Joins Consulting Subsidiary of Harris Beach

With more than ten years of executive management experience in grant writing and administration at all levels of government, Nicole J. Christian has joined a consulting subsidiary of Harris Beach, HB Solutions LLC, as a grant writer for their economic development and public affairs team. HB Solution...
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January 20, 2017
Buffalo Takes Historic Step with Passage of Green Code

On December 27, 2016, the Common Council of the City of Buffalo New York unanimously approved the passage of the “Green Code,” a comprehensive zoning plan that incorporates a Land Use Plan, Unified Development Ordinance, Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan, Brownfield Opportunity Area Plan, and...
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January 17, 2017
Court of Appeals Decides Narrow Notice of Claim Issue

On October 25, the Court of Appeals issued an interesting decision in Villar v. Howard regarding the when a Notice of Claim is required.  Villar turns on a portion of GML § 50-e(1)(b) that states a Notice of Claim is not a condition precedent to a lawsuit against an employee of a municipality unle...
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January 10, 2017
Student Freedom of Speech and School District Actions

The political atmosphere of 2016 was certainly extraordinary culminating with the presidential election in November followed by public marches, protests, and pickets - especially by young people many dismayed by the results of the election. The election and its results have been used by many educato...
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January 09, 2017
DEC Accepting Applications for $1.8 Million in E-Waste Recycling Grants

In December, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)  announced that a second round of grant funding from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) is being made available to help municipalities across the state address costs associated with the collection and recycling of e...
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January 06, 2017
‘Zombie Law’ for Residential Foreclosures in NYS Goes into Effect

On December 20, the “zombie law” affecting residential mortgage foreclosures in New York state, officially was enacted. This legislation, in which Governor Cuomo originally signed June, helps combat the problem of vacant and abandoned properties, often referred to as “zombie homes.” The legi...
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December 22, 2016
Economic Development in Long Island Thrives with Stakeholder Collaboration

As many local municipal leaders know, a key to economic development is collaboration amongst key project stakeholders as well as those in the larger community. In Long Island in particular, the hamlet of North Amityville in the Town of Babylon used collaboration to help drive its economic developmen...
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December 20, 2016
Municipal Debt and Potential Impact of the Trump Presidency

While much of the country has been following the announcement of President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees, the NYMuniblog has been looking at how the Trump Presidency may affect municipalities. The first issue being infrastructure and its effect on municipal budgets, and we now turn our focus to m...
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December 16, 2016
$717 Million Awarded in New York’s Consolidated Funding Awards

by Roberta Jordans The Finger Lakes Region, Mohawk Valley, Capital Region, Mid-Hudson and New York City were the five “top performers” announced on December 8, 2016 as part of the 2016 Regional Council Round VI Consolidated Funding Awards.  Each of these five areas was awarded more than $80 mil...
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December 09, 2016