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States and Counties Looking at Options to Finance Increasing Debt

A lot of attention has been paid, including by those of us at the NY MuniBlog, on the financial difficulties of Detroit and Chicago. More recently, attention has been paid to the ongoing financial difficulties in Puerto Rico where that government recently clawed back funds to make payments of nearly...
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January 28, 2016
Impacts of Federal Laws upon Municipalities’ Daily Operations  

We have previously discussed the impacts of federal laws and the United States Constitution upon the daily operations of local municipalities in such articles as “Concern Over Drones: Air Rights, Privacy, Health and Safety are Among the Issues” and “Lesson Learned in Arizona Sign Code Case –...
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January 25, 2016
Recent New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Enforcement Action Demonstrates Value of Environmental Audits

In a series of 2015 articles appearing in the NYMuniBlog – “New York State Environmental Audit Incentive Policy – Leaving DEC Out of the Picture?,” “The Nuts and Bolts of the New York State Environmental Audit Incentive Policy,” “New York State Environmental Self-Audits: A Form of Enfo...
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January 21, 2016
Update on the New York State Public Authorities Law Requirements Affecting Industrial Development Agencies (IDA) and Land Banks

As the NYMuniBlog reported in July 2015 in the article, “Summary of 2015 Reform Legislation for Industrial Development Agencies (IDAs),” legislation demands IDAs adopt certain standardized policies and procedures. Below is an update on New York State Public Authorities Law regarding website audi...
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January 19, 2016
Implementing Municipal Camera Programs for Public Safety

In this post 9/11 era, municipalities are increasingly using camera programs in a support of public safety. These video surveillance systems could take many forms from downtown surveillance cameras to police dash cams and police body-worn cameras. An article in the International City/County Manageme...
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January 15, 2016
San Francisco’s Yellow Cab Expected to File for Bankruptcy Protection According to Reports

As we have previously posted, Uber has been pushing for expansion in New York state claiming to potentially create up to 13,000 full and part time jobs. New York City, home to the costliest price of a taxi cab medallion, has seen the value of the medallion drop from a 2013 high of just over $1 milli...
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January 12, 2016
New York State Infrastructure Initiative is Step in Right Direction

Leading up to next week’s State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a series of infrastructure initiatives including the study of a tunnel to connect Long Island to Westchester County, the Bronx or Connecticut. As part of this initiative, the governor has suggested s...
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January 07, 2016
Common Core Task Force Report and the Response of the Board of Regents

The Common Core State Standards have been a frequent subject of conversation for both the media and individuals involved in public education since they were first introduced in 2009. The Standards were adopted by nearly every state with the purpose of preparing students for post-high school graduati...
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January 04, 2016
2015: A Year in Review

This year, NYMuniblog has provided cutting edge commentary on a wide range of topics affecting New York agencies, New York municipalities, and even municipalities and agencies nationwide.  We decided to compile a “top-five list” of issues that we covered this year, which, we predict, local muni...
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December 29, 2015
New York’s Appellate Division Clarifies the Line between Negligent Investigation and Egregious Deviation from Police Procedures

The Appellate Division, Second Department, has sided with the City of New York and four former police officers (the “City”) in a case that stood on the line between a negligent police investigation and conduct that could be deemed an egregious deviation from police procedures. In Batten v. City ...
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December 21, 2015