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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
How Might The Trump Presidency Impact Municipal Governments?

While the impact upon municipal governments from a Trump Presidency will not be known for some time, there appears to be at least two areas which, according to  press reports, could be impacted:  infrastructure and municipal debt.  Infrastructure improvements could have a major impact on municipa...
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December 05, 2016
New Overtime Rule Blocked By Nationwide Injunction

Employers around the country were given a reprieve from the new “white collar” exemption regulations contained in the Fair Labor Standards Act, after a United States District Court Judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction. The new overtime rule which was blocked contained a number of provis...
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November 30, 2016
Cuomo’s $20 Million Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition

Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo’s office announced the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition, which tasks local governments with finding ways to work together to reduce bureaucracy, improve government efficiency, and create taxpayer savings. The Municipal Consolidation and Efficien...
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November 28, 2016
Property Tax Exemptions & Non-Profit Organizations: What’s the Big Deal?

Over the past few weeks, the property tax exemptions granted to certain non-profit organizations across New York state have been making headlines. Notably, USA Today Network conducted research into the issue, publishing the results over the past few weeks in its network of local newspapers. The repo...
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November 21, 2016
Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act: What Public Works Need to Know

Earlier this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) enacted the Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act (SPRK). The Sewage Pollution Right to Know Act, which originally went effect on May 1, 2013, contains regulations for public works and similar facilities that discharg...
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November 18, 2016
The Government’s Digital Revolution and Planning for Tomorrow

A recent article published by CNBC describes the $41 trillion forecast to be invested worldwide by various cities to upgrade infrastructure so as to benefit with technological advances.  This recent news reflects a larger trend of local governments joining the digital revolution, looking to new and...
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November 15, 2016
Turturro v. City of New York – Are a City’s Roadway Design Decisions Entitled to Immunity?

On November 15, 2016, the Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in Turturro v. City of New York, which puts before the Court the question of a municipality’s entitlement to immunity for its roadway design decisions.  The stakes are high for municipalities across the State because the Court wil...
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November 07, 2016