Social Media and the Workplace

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner Edward A. Trevvett recently presented on “Social Media and the Workplace” to municipal officials at a New York Conference of Mayors Personnel School held in Melville, New York. The presentation reviewed social media challenges for employers…

Insight on the Future of Long Island

By Richard Murdocco – Recently, The Foggiest Idea, a Long Island-based blog discussing land use topics on the Island, launched an all-new feature called The Foggiest Five, which asks influential residents five questions regarding the future of the region…

The Legislature and Governor Use the Bud...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – Similar to past years, the recently enacted State budget includes various program bills that amend statutes and implement substantive program changes to various state priority areas beyond fiscal matters and budget allocations…

The 2014-15 Enacted State Budget from a ...

By Jillian D. Kasow – Enabled with two messages of necessity and a whopping 45 minutes to spare, New York state passed its fourth on-time budget in a row. Below is a brief synopsis of a number of adopted proposals that will affect municipalities in the new fiscal year…

Could a Municipal Bankruptcy Happen in N...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner Todd Miles and partner/NYMuniBlog editorial team member Patrick M. Malgieri presented on the topic of municipal bankruptcy at the New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association Annual Conference…

Employee Discipline and Sound Personnel ...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner Edward A. Trevvett recently presented on “Employee Discipline – Process, Procedure & Off-Duty Misconduct” to municipal officials…

Will Sex in School Decision Impact Teach...

By James Beyer – What is a school district to do when a janitor walks in on two teachers engaging in sexual activity in a classroom outside of normal school hours? According to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division First Department, it cannot terminate them…

Are the Many Local Governments in New Yo...

By Richard E. Rising – Conventional wisdom is that the multiple layers and the multitude of local governments in New York state are the causes for our high property taxes. However…

Common Core and the Education Reform Age...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – We took a close look at the education reform reports recently proposed by the Board of Regents and the governor’s Common Core Implementation Panel…

Employers Need to Act to Comply with the...

By The Editorial Team – No doubt, implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) creates numerous action items for employers…

How School Districts and Municipalities ...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner Charles I. Schachter explained the types and uses of reserve funds by school districts and municipalities as part of Harris Beach Educational Institutions Client Update seminars held in Buffalo and Rochester…

Detroit Bankruptcy Plan Makes No One Hap...

By Anita W. Laremont – On Friday, February 21, 2014, Detroit’s Emergency Manager filed the city’s proposed Plan of Adjustment with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in connection with the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings…

School Business Officials Report Shows D...

By James E. Beyer – The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) recently released a study detailing developments in school district financial solvency…

Final Regulations Delay Affordable Care ...

By Karlee S. Bolaños – On February 10, 2014, the Department of the Treasury issued final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions under the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the employer mandate or the employer “play or pay” mandate…

How Social Impact Bonds Relate to School...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner H. Todd Bullard and partner/NYMuniBlog editorial team member Patrick M. Malgieri explained the use of Social Impact Bonds as an innovative tool to address the pressing social needs facing school districts and municipalities…

Emergency Preparedness Proposals that ma...

By Michael E. Condon – Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 Executive Budget identifies a number of specific emergency preparedness proposals that may affect municipalities…

The 2% Tax Cap Revisited: Governor Cuomo...

By Melissa A. Fingar – Governor Cuomo, in his quest to revamp the educational system and control New York state property taxes, has introduced two new property tax rebates for New Yorkers as part of his State of the State Address…

The Crisis in Pensions and Retirement Pl...

By The Editorial Team – We have often written about the pension system and retirement funding for municipalities and school districts, and have posted links to guest columns on the topic…

Brownfield Opportunity Area Planning to ...

By Robert G. Murray, Frank C. Pavia and Jillian D. Kasow – If your municipality has or is planning to create a Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) Plan, proposed changes to New York’s Brownfield Cleanup Program may challenge the willingness of businesses to remediate and redevelop contaminated properties located within your BOA…

Does START-UP NY Need a Jump Start?: Thi...

By Christopher A. Andreucci – We still believe START-UP NY has great potential to act as a catalyst for economic growth but foresee some operational challenges that should be addressed…