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Hotel Tax, Non-Hotel Rentals and the Emergence of the Sharing Company

In an August blog post, we commented on the use of non-hotel rental service providers such as Airbnb.  In that post were stories of two Florida counties (Palm Beach and Monroe) suing Airbnb for unpaid bed taxes as well as steps taken by San Francisco and Portland, Oregon regarding this burgeoning m...
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November 12, 2015
New Rule Requires Carbon Monoxide Detection in Commercial Buildings

The Department of State recently adopted an emergency rule adding section 1228.4 to the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”). Section 1228.4 creates installation and maintenance requirements for carbon monoxide alarms in commercial buildings. Prior to the addition of se...
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November 10, 2015
Uber – Balancing New Service and Old Revenue

Considered by many a trendy vacation spot or an enclave for only the most privileged, East Hampton, New York was at the center of conversation between new services and old revenue sources. East Hampton enacted a provision which would essentially ban ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The p...
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November 05, 2015
The Shortfall of Shorter Tests - A Brief History of Testing: From NCLB to RTTT

Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia recently announced that the Board of Regents has determined the grades 3 – 8 state tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics will be shortened for students in each grade and will be trimmed further in 2017. This decision is the result of the growth...
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October 15, 2015
Tuxedo Farms Project Underway

In July, we wrote about a novel financing structure that could benefit New York state municipalities in connection with bonds issued by the Tuxedo Farms Local Development Corporation (TFLDC) to finance a project consisting of the construction of a waste water treatment plant. The waste water treatme...
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October 13, 2015
Drones: Municipal Concerns and Uses

In a September blog post, “Concern Over Drones: Air Rights, Privacy, Health and Safety are Among the Issues,” we commented on drone regulation and privacy worries which could confront a municipality. As part of that posting, it was noted that under the FAA Modernization and Reform Act, the Feder...
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October 07, 2015
Complimentary Webinar on Environmental Self Audits for Municipalities Slated October 13.

The benefits of conducting a proactive environmental audit under the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Environmental Audit Incentive Policy will be the topic of a Harris Beach webinar on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Noon.  Municipalities that voluntarily disclose findings ...
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October 02, 2015
Comments Needed on NYCOM’s Petition to PSC Regarding Local Gross Receipts Tax

Adapted from a memo Mr. Baynes sent to mayors, managers, administrators, fiscal officers and attorneys on September 15, 2015. Back in July, you received a memo regarding NYCOM’s petition to the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) regarding the local gross receipts tax (GRT).  As you ma...
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September 23, 2015
Board of Regents Revises APPR Regulations Including Opportunities for an Additional Appeal

On Wednesday, September 17, 2015, the New York State Board of Regents approved new emergency regulations regarding APPR, most notably a new method by which teachers and principals may appeal their 2014-2015 growth scores directly to the State Education Department. In April, Governor Cuomo signed int...
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September 22, 2015
Concern Over Drones: Air Rights, Privacy, Health and Safety are Among the Issues

Originally referring to a male honeybee and in some ways meant as a “lazy worker” (as male bees make no honey) the word “drone” has become synonymous with unmanned aircraft. Drones have recently garnered attention for being piloted near airports, at emergency scenes and generally flying into...
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September 15, 2015