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The “Big Ugly” 2015: Understanding the Impact on Education Stakeholders

The end of the legislative session in Albany brought with it an element of anticipation for education stakeholders as the New York State Legislature passed a 72-page omnibus bill, nicknamed the “Big Ugly.” As the name suggests, the bill is anything but pretty. It is packed with revisions and add...
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July 20, 2015
What Makes a Park?

The public trust doctrine, since 1892 has been held to apply to both park and other publicly held lands as well (Illinois Central R. Co. v. State of Illinois) and in 2000 famously stopped the development of a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park in New York City (Friends of Van Cortlandt Par...
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July 02, 2015
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Schedules Sea-Level Rise Public Meetings

In a previous blog – “New York’s Climate Change Act Will Impact Localities’ and Private Development Projects” – we discussed the newly enacted Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA), which requires the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt a regulation ...
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June 19, 2015
New York State Brownfield Programs Strengthen Communities

Globalization has deindustrialized many areas of the state, leaving behind a legacy of environmental contamination, brownfield sites and blight that are thwarting community revitalization. Clusters of contaminated sites are often concentrated in low-income neighborhoods, communities of color and on ...
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June 16, 2015
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Announces Proposed Rulemaking to Brownfield Cleanup Program

In a previous article, – “Brownfield Cleanup Program Should Continue to Thrive Despite Recent Amendments” – we provided an overview of significant statutory changes to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which was due to expire at the end of the year. These changes, adopted in April in Par...
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June 11, 2015
Is New York Property Tax Cap’s Arranged Marriage Soon to End?

Last week, we reported in NYMuniBlog – “Real Property Tax Cap Extension in Question?” – about Governor Cuomo’s stepped-up efforts to secure a permanent or long-term extension of New York’s real property tax cap. When adopted in 2011 the tax cap was linked to the then-extension of the New...
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June 09, 2015
Regents at a Crossroad of Education Leadership

Similar to December 2014 which was A December to Remember in regards to the leadership and establishment of good education policy in New York State, June 2015 is a critical month in which the Board of Regents is at a crossroad in either ceding further authority or taking back its appropriate leaders...
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June 08, 2015
Real Property Tax Cap Extension in Question?

As reported by Matthew Hamilton in the Wednesday June 3 edition of the Albany Times-Union, Governor Andrew Cuomo has stepped up efforts to secure a long term extension of the existing New York real property “Tax Cap” scheduled to expire a year from now. In its simplest terms, the tax cap limits ...
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June 04, 2015
Financial Institutions Join New York’s Fight against Zombie Properties

Eleven major financial institutions have stepped up to support New York state’s fight against foreclosed “zombie” properties. According to Governor Cuomo’s office, a group of banks, credit unions and mortgage companies have agreed to adopt a set of guidelines aimed at reducing the number of ...
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June 04, 2015
Detroit and Beyond: Pension Burdens Continue to be a Key Factor in Other Cities

At the March 2, 2011 Annual Awards Dinner of the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City then Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the challenges facing state and local governments. At the time the economy had begun recovering from the “great recession” of 2008-2009. As part of ...
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June 02, 2015