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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
New Regulations Affect Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals in New York State

The short-term rental company Airbnb has received attention in recent news relating to the now enacted New York state legislation that prohibits any type of advertisements for rentals that are fewer than thirty (30) days in permanent Class-A units, and imposes a fine of up to $7,500 per occurrence f...
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November 02, 2016
Supreme Court Accepts Transgender Bathroom Case

On October 28, the U.S. Supreme Court accepted a high-profile case involving bathroom access for transgender students. The case, Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., is just one of many recent cases to make headlines since the federal government’s Dear Colleague letter was released in May 2016....
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October 31, 2016
Zoning and Building Codes for Tiny Houses – The Next Big Thing

Tiny houses are quickly becoming the next big thing. From tiny house television shows, to tiny house conferences – small-sized homes are gaining in popularity and beginning to pop up across the nation. For prospective owners, beyond designing and building a tiny house, owners must also consider wh...
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October 24, 2016
Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: What You Need to Know in New York State

Is your company prepared to handle medical marijuana in the workplace? Are you familiar with the issues, including the disability accommodations, that surround medical marijuana use? If your answer is “no,” “I’m not sure,” “we still have questions,” or a variation of these, you should ...
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October 17, 2016
Will Economics or Regulations Address the Issues Surrounding Shared Economy and Online Businesses Platforms?

In a January 2016 posting we commented on the city of San Francisco seeing the economic effects of Uber and Lyft, including that Yellow Cab, the largest taxi company in San Francisco, was reported to be seeking bankruptcy protection.  Uber and Lyft are both headquartered in San Francisco. We have a...
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October 12, 2016
What’s in a name? NYSED releases a draft revision of learning standards to replace the Common Core

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) in its September 26, 2016 edition of On Board, reported that the Board of Regents (“Regents”) has released draft revisions of the revised state learning standards to replace the Common Core Learning Standards. This initiative is the result of...
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October 07, 2016
Federal Funds Coming to Suffolk County for Fire Island to Montauk Point Plan

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ ambitious Fire Island to Montauk Point (FIMP) project aims to put $1.2B in federal funding to work in Suffolk County. The FIMP plan, which was first proposed and funded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, would strengthen Long Island’s coast against future floo...
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October 06, 2016
40 Municipalities Designated as ‘Fiscally Stressed’

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office has released its latest fiscal stress report, which has identified 40 municipalities as fiscally stressed. The designation of ‘significant fiscal stress’ was given to the counties of Monroe, Franklin, Broome and Rockland; the cities of Albany...
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October 03, 2016