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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
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