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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
New York State Property Tax Cap Upheld in Challenge by Teachers Union

The New York State Appellate Division for the Third Department recently ruled against the New York State United Teachers union that has been trying to throw out the New York State property tax cap law.  The union argued that the tax cap infringes on the rights of schools to raise tax revenue to pay...
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May 12, 2016
School Districts Continue to Grapple with Addressing Transgender Student Restroom and Locker Room Use

As transgender bathroom bills around the country garner attention in the national media, a recent judicial decision from the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Virginia deserves a closer look. On April 19, 2016, the Fourth Circuit ruled in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board in favor of a...
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May 05, 2016
New York Conference of Mayors Presents Local Government Achievement Award to City of Yonkers

The New York Conference of Mayors recognized the City of Yonkers during its annual meeting May 1-3 for its successful consolidation of city and Yonkers Board of Education services. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano was presented with the NYCOM Local Government Achievement Award by Executive Director Peter Ba...
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May 04, 2016
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