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Wyandanch Rising Helps Revitalize One of Long Island’s Poorest Communities

Wyandanch, part of the Town of Babylon on Long Island, had long struggled with generating economic growth and development. Wyandanch was known as one of Long Island’s poorest communities, even being identified by a Suffolk County Planning Department report as the most economically distressed commu...
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September 22, 2016
School Water Outlets May Need to be Immediately Tested for Lead

The new mandate requiring that all school water outlets in New York undergo lead contamination testing was signed into law by Governor Cuomo in early September. These new lead testing requirements were also accompanied by emergency regulations, in which schools may need to test water outlets for lea...
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September 20, 2016
Drone Licensing Sees the Light of Day

Here at the NYMuniBlog we have frequently commented on the regulatory and legal issues confronting the use of drones.  Recently published articles in various newspapers have highlighted the continuing uses of drones for both the private sector as well as public sector (police capabilities) uses. In...
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September 15, 2016
Texas Judge Enjoins and Prohibits Enforcement of Obama Administration’s Transgender Bathroom Guidelines

Last week, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor from the Northern District of Texas issued a preliminary injunction temporarily blocking the Obama administration’s guidelines directing public schools to permit transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with the gender with wh...
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September 06, 2016
School Districts Need to be Proactive in Testing for Lead in Water Outlets

On August 29, 2016, the State Education Department (“SED”) and State Department of Health (“DOH”) jointly released a field memorandum discussing required testing, reporting, and remediating lead in drinking water in schools.  The purpose of the field memo is to notify school districts that ...
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September 01, 2016
New York State Education Department Appoints Chief Privacy Officer

On August 24, 2016, New York State Education Department (SED) announced the appointment of Temitope Akinyemi as its Chief Privacy Officer (CPO), pointing to the likelihood that new privacy mandates and guidelines for both school districts and BOCES will be announced during this school year. The Chie...
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August 29, 2016
An Update to New York’s Projected Budget Deficit

Readers may recall our July 27, 2016 posting on the NYMuniBlog regarding the Office of the New York State Comptroller report projecting a potential budget gap of nearly $5 billion annually starting in state fiscal year 2017-18. That report noted lower than expected personal income tax receipts to da...
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August 22, 2016
Insights for School Districts Negotiating APPR Agreements

For New York state school districts negotiating APPR agreements, the pressure on them to finalize these agreements is mounting. School districts must have approved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plans in place by the end of 2016, or they risk losing the state aid increases that were i...
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August 19, 2016
New York Supreme Court Upholds the Notice of Claim in Narrowing of Suit Against City

A recent decision from Justice Lynn Kotler (New York County), following First Department precedent, has upheld the purpose of the Notice of Claim.  In Flowers v. City of New York, the plaintiff brought a lawsuit against the City of New York and six individual police officers arising out of his arre...
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August 15, 2016
Second Circuit Court of Appeals Extinguishes Municipality’s Tax Lien

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in August 2015 that may affect a municipality’s tax lien on property that is subject to a bankruptcy proceeding. In City of Concord, N.H. v. New Eng. Tel. Operations LLC (In re N. New Eng. Tel Operations LLC), 795 F.3d 343 (2d Cir. 2015), North...
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August 09, 2016