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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
Drone Regulations Continue to Remain under Federal Aviation Administration Authority

Readers may remember our September 15, 2015 blog, “Concern Over Drones: Air Rights, Privacy, Health and Safety are Among the Issues,” in which we noted that in 2014 the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) overturned a federal judge ruling that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) do...
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March 16, 2016
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Seeks Comment on Proposed Solid Waste Management Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed a rulemaking which it characterizes as a “comprehensive revision to existing regulations” governing solid waste management facilities. Long in the making, the last comprehensive revisions to the regulations governing solid ...
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March 09, 2016
Number of New York State Villages in Fiscal Stress Declines

The number of New York’s villages experiencing “fiscal stress” declined slightly in 2015 according to a recent report from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Of the 548 villages in the state, 538 have a fiscal year ending May 31 and were evaluated in this study. The comptroller’s...
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March 03, 2016
"Political Subdivisions" Defined for Purpose of Issuing Tax-Exempt Bonds

The IRS and United States Treasury Department recently released new proposed regulations as to which entities qualify as “political subdivisions” for purposes of issuing tax-exempt bonds and using facilities that those bonds finance. Under the current regulations, a “political subdivision” ...
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March 02, 2016
Solar Power on Landfills: A New York State DEC Webinar

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will present a 90-minute program titled “Solar Power on Landfills - A Climate Smart Communities Webinar” that will examine the many benefits of utilizing capped landfill space to generate pollution-free energy. The webinar will be held ...
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March 01, 2016
Using Municipal Crowdfunding to Finance Projects

What do indie films, rock bands and municipalities have in common?  The answer may be the ability to harness the power of crowdfunding for financing projects.  For municipalities, municipal crowdfunding may be an alternative to traditional forms of financing select projects. Crowdfunding is the pr...
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February 24, 2016
Is There a Place for Medical Marijuana in New York State Schools?

More information on whether medical marijuana has a place in New York schools is available in this Harris Beach Legal Alert, “Medical Marijuana not Permitted in Schools.”...
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February 17, 2016