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Drones: FAA Registration to be Required

In September and October blog posts, we commented on drone regulation and privacy worries which could confront a municipality – “Concern Over Drones: Air Rights, Privacy, Health and Safety are Among the Issues,” and “Drones: Municipal Concerns and Uses.” As part of that posting, it was not...
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December 15, 2015
What the Every Student Succeeds Act Means for New York Educators in 2016

Everything old is new again – well at least to some degree. Educators across the country are talking about the Every Student Succeeds Act as it overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives (359 to 64). The bill is likely to be approved by the Senate later this week. President Obama indica...
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December 07, 2015
House Votes to Authorize the Nation’s Premier Cybercrime Training Center

In light of the growing national concern about cyberattacks and in an effort to ensure that state and local governments receive increased training in combating cybercrime, on November 30, 2015, the House passed H.R. 3490, the Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act, on which the Senat...
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December 04, 2015
Number of Zombie Properties Decreased in 2015

In a previous blog post, we commented on properties which are vacant or underwater financially, so-called “zombie” properties. An October 2015 report by RealtyTrac concluded that nationwide there are currently more than 20,000 residential zombie properties. While this represents a decrease of ov...
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November 19, 2015
Pension Burden Challenges Facing Chicago

In a June blog post, we commented on challenges facing municipalities, including the city of Chicago, in making debt service and pension payments and the applicability to municipalities in the State of New York. The 2016 budget, passed by the Chicago City Council the week of November 1, contained bo...
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November 17, 2015
Hotel Tax, Non-Hotel Rentals and the Emergence of the Sharing Company

In an August blog post, we commented on the use of non-hotel rental service providers such as Airbnb.  In that post were stories of two Florida counties (Palm Beach and Monroe) suing Airbnb for unpaid bed taxes as well as steps taken by San Francisco and Portland, Oregon regarding this burgeoning m...
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November 12, 2015
New Rule Requires Carbon Monoxide Detection in Commercial Buildings

The Department of State recently adopted an emergency rule adding section 1228.4 to the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code (the “Uniform Code”). Section 1228.4 creates installation and maintenance requirements for carbon monoxide alarms in commercial buildings. Prior to the addition of se...
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November 10, 2015
Uber – Balancing New Service and Old Revenue

Considered by many a trendy vacation spot or an enclave for only the most privileged, East Hampton, New York was at the center of conversation between new services and old revenue sources. East Hampton enacted a provision which would essentially ban ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. The p...
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November 05, 2015
The Shortfall of Shorter Tests - A Brief History of Testing: From NCLB to RTTT

Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia recently announced that the Board of Regents has determined the grades 3 – 8 state tests in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics will be shortened for students in each grade and will be trimmed further in 2017. This decision is the result of the growth...
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October 15, 2015
Tuxedo Farms Project Underway

In July, we wrote about a novel financing structure that could benefit New York state municipalities in connection with bonds issued by the Tuxedo Farms Local Development Corporation (TFLDC) to finance a project consisting of the construction of a waste water treatment plant. The waste water treatme...
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October 13, 2015