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Court of Appeals Addresses Claims by Police Officers and Firefighters Against Municipalities

On November 21, 2016 the Court of Appeals issued a decision in Matter of Diegelman v. City of Buffalo addressing whether the petitioner, a retired police officer, was entitled to bring an action against the municipality under General Municipal Law § 205-e.  The Court’s decision addressed whether...
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February 27, 2017
Harris Beach Legal Alert Regarding Accommodations for Transgender Students

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice issued a Dear Colleague Letter withdrawing two groundbreaking statements of policy and guidance which were issued on January 7, 2015 (Letter to Emily Prince, Esq.) and May 13, 2016 (Dear Colleague Letter on Transge...
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February 24, 2017
Gorsuch’s education-related rulings display wit, independence, eloquence

When a seventh grader burped and laughed repeatedly during a physical education class in Albuquerque, N.M., the teacher put him in the hallway. When he continued the behavior, she summoned the school resource officer, who arrested the 13-year-old on a misdemeanor charge of interfering with the educa...
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February 21, 2017
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