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Foreclosures and its Impacts

On several occasions we have commented on foreclosures and its impacts, as well as zombie homes and potential changes to legislation aimed at addressing the dilapidated state of some such homes. In our post,“Number of Zombie Properties Decreased in 2015,”we noted a RealtyTrac study which conclud...
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May 03, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Expands Public Employers’ Liability under the First Amendment

A recent decision by the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of a police officer, who was demoted for what his superiors mistakenly thought was a free-speech exercise, may expand public employers’ liability under the First Amendment—by focusing on the motivations behind an employer’s actions towar...
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April 29, 2016
Non-Hotel Rentals in New York are Surging

We have commented previously on the surge of AirBnB and other non-hotel rental service providers in New York state: “Municipalities Wrestle with the Challenges of Non-Hotel Rentals” and “Hotel Tax, Non-Hotel Rentals and the Emergence of the Sharing Company.” Those posts included stories of s...
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April 27, 2016
New York Special Education Law Seminar Scheduled for May 10

The National Business Institute has scheduled a continuing education program entitled, “New York Special Education Law,” for May 10 in Albany.  Harris Beach attorneys Howard J. Goldsmith and Susan E. Fine are among the featured presenters.  They are NYMuniBlog contributors and Howard serves on...
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April 21, 2016
Trivial Defect Doctrine after Hutchinson

When is a defect too small to be actionable?  This question was recently answered by the New York State Court of Appeals in Hutchinson v. Sheridan Hill House Corp. To answer this question, one must look at all the specific facts and circumstances of the case, not size alone.  The key issue to res...
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April 20, 2016
A Look at the Finer Points of the New York State Budget

While much has been said (and written) about the big ticket items contained in the 2016-2017 New York state budget (i.e., increase in minimum wage, paid family leave), we here at the NYMuniBlog decided to look at some of the finer points contained in the budget, which may provide aid to municipaliti...
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April 13, 2016
Managing Your Cybersecurity Risk and Liability Exposure

The rise of cybercrime, like ransomware hacks or attacks from disgruntled former employees, makes it imperative for organizations to take affirmative steps to reduce their risk and implement vigilant monitoring and in-house training. Recognizing cybercrime can impact any organization, even those mak...
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April 01, 2016
Board of Regents Issues Proposed Timetable for Development and Implementation of New Standards and Tests

In late-February, the Board of Regents issued its proposed timeline for the review and implementation of changes to the Common Core standards which they originally adopted  in January 2011. The Regents’ timeline divides the tasks into seven phases. Their plan will culminate in the 2018-2019 schoo...
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March 29, 2016
Municipal Alert: Lead in Drinking Water

The controversy regarding lead in drinking water is likely to mushroom far beyond the current issues arising in Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey. Municipalities and property owners are at risk for law suits alleging exposure to lead from drinking water. The reality is that lead pipes (water ma...
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March 24, 2016
Batavia Partnership Advances Brownfield Planning to an $18 Million Mixed-Used Development

The Batavia Development Corporation (BDC) and the city of Batavia, along with their partners, recently announced an exciting $18 million mixed-use redevelopment project known as Ellicott Station on four acres of downtown land that currently houses a vacant former auto repair shop and an empty dilapi...
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March 22, 2016