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Is New York State Facing an Annual $5 Billion Budget Gap?

NYMuniBlog has been following the financial difficulties of municipalities nationwide. Recently, the Office of the New York State Comptroller issued a report projecting a potential budget gap of nearly $5 billion annually starting in state fiscal year 2017-18.  The report also notes lower than expe...
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July 27, 2016
New York School Districts Required to Test Drinking Water

As is always the case at the end of the New York State Legislative session, a flurry of bills are passed. One of particular note to school districts picks up on guidance Harris Beach provided just a month ago in “Testing Water in School District Buildings is a Best Practice and Worthy Investment...
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July 06, 2016
Municipalities Encouraged to Apply for RESTORE NY Communities Initiative Funds

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that municipalities will be able to apply for $50 million from the RESTORE NY Communities Initiative. The funds are available to revitalize and stabilize downtowns and neighborhoods. Empire State Development Corporation will conduct informational meetin...
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June 27, 2016
Handling Ransomware: Join Us for a Complimentary Webinar

The consulting subsidiary of Harris Beach PLLC, HB Solutions LLC, is holding a complimentary webinar June 28 on avoiding and managing the threats of ransomware attacks, a significant disruptor to any organization’s operations and a situation that poses major data breach concerns. The HB Solutions ...
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June 22, 2016
2016 New York State Legislative Session at a Glance: The Stalled-Out Legislation

Zombie Home Legislation We have discussed the numerous issues associated with “zombie homes” in past articles, including “Bills on Zombie Properties Held Up Again In New York State Legislature,” The New York State Legislature considered the “Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act of 20...
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June 17, 2016
New York Court of Appeals Clarifies that School Districts Must be Served with Timely Notice in Tax Certiorari Proceedings

On June 9, 2016 an important opinion dealing with tax reimbursements was issued by the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court. With 733 school districts in our state, any pronouncement by the Court regarding the interpretation of tax certiorari statutes can have an effect on district...
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June 15, 2016
Pension Systems Continue to Concern Municipalities

NY MuniBlog has been following the financial difficulties of municipalities nationwide. Among those difficulties are pension systems, which continue to be a major concern for municipalities. As readers may recall, the Illinois State Legislature authorization for an overhaul of Chicago’s pension sy...
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June 03, 2016
Testing Drinking Water in School District Buildings is a Best Practice and Worthy Investment

The increased focus on potability of drinking water and particularly the water provided in schools raises questions about the legal and practical obligations imposed on schools regarding testing drinking water. While legally not yet mandated (legislation is likely to be introduced soon to mandate it...
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May 25, 2016
Affordable Care Act: IRS Reporting Requirements Presentation

Harris Beach Partner and NY Muni Blog Contributor Joshua D. Steele gave a presentation on the Affordable Care Act and its IRS Reporting Requirements during the annual meeting of the County Attorneys’ Association of the State of New York held at the Otesaga Resort and Hotel in Cooperstown, May 16-1...
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May 18, 2016
U.S. Departments of Justice and Education Issue Sweeping and Forceful Guidance on Transgender Student Issues in Latest Dear Colleague Letter

Today, May 13, 2016, the federal government distributed a letter to public schools across the country directing schools to permit transgender students to use facilities and to participate in activities, among other things, that match their gender identity.  This Dear Colleague letter (the Letter), ...
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May 13, 2016