Municipalities Wrestle with the Challeng...

By Michele Jordan and David M. Rothman – A recent article reports that up to 20 percent of vacant apartments in trendy parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn are operating as hotel rooms listed on the Airbnb web site…

Lesson Learned in Arizona Sign Code Case...

By Gene Kelly – On June 18, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous 9-0 decision, invalidated a Gilbert, Arizona municipal ordinance that restricted the size, number, duration and location of certain types of signs…

Summary of 2015 Reform Legislation for I...

By Christopher A. Andreucci and Joseph V. Frateschi – The NYS Legislature recently passed legislation reforming the General Municipal Law, in an attempt to increase accountability and improve the efficiencies and transparency of the operations of IDAs…

Novel Financing Structure Could Benefit ...

By Rachel Baranello Endress – On June 17, 2015, the Tuxedo Farms LDC issued its Revenue Bonds, Series 2015 to finance a project consisting of the construction of a waste water treatment plant, which will be owned by the Issuer, in the town of Tuxedo, New York…

New Timeframes Set for Teacher and Princ...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – The Education Transformation Act of 2015 includes Section 3012-d of the Education Law which provides for a new APPR system for teachers and principals…

The “Big Ugly” 2015: Understanding the I...

By Howard J. Goldsmith and James E. Beyer – The end of the legislative session in Albany brought with it an element of anticipation for education stakeholders as the New York State Legislature passed a 72-page omnibus bill, nicknamed the “Big Ugly…”

What Makes a Park?

By David M. Rothman – The public trust doctrine, since 1892 has been held to apply to both park and other publicly held lands as well and in 2000 famously stopped the development of a water filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park in New York City…

New York State Department of Environment...

By Gene Kelly – In a previous blog we discussed the newly enacted Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which requires the New York State DEC to adopt a regulation establishing official state sea-level rise projections…

New York State Brownfield Programs Stren...

By J. Justin Woods – Globalization has deindustrialized many areas of the state, leaving behind a legacy of environmental contamination, brownfield sites and blight that are thwarting community revitalization…

New York State Department of Environment...

By Robert G. Murray, Frank C. Pavia and Gene Kelly – In a previous post, we provided an overview of significant statutory changes to the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which was due to expire at the end of the year…

Is New York Property Tax Cap’s Arranged ...

By Patrick M. Malgieri – Last week, we reported in NYMuniBlog about Governor Cuomo’s stepped-up efforts to secure a permanent or long-term extension of New York’s real property tax cap…

Regents at a Crossroad of Education Lead...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – June 2015 is a critical month in which the Board of Regents is at a crossroad in either ceding further authority or taking back its appropriate leadership role on behalf of New York’s education stakeholders…

Real Property Tax Cap Extension in Quest...

By Patrick M. Malgieri – As reported today, Governor Andrew Cuomo has stepped up efforts to secure a long term extension of the existing New York real property Tax Cap…

Financial Institutions Join New York’s F...

By The Editorial Team – Eleven major financial institutions have stepped up to support New York state’s fight against foreclosed “zombie” properties…

Detroit and Beyond: Pension Burdens Cont...

By David M. Rothman – At the March 2, 2011 Annual Awards Dinner of the Citizens Budget Commission in New York City then Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spoke about the challenges facing state and local governments…

New York State Environmental Audit Incen...

By Gene Kelly – Previously, we urged that environmental audits make a lot of sense for an entity that faces any kind of environmental regulation…

The Nuts and Bolts of the New York State...

By Gene Kelly – In our prior posts concerning New York’s Environmental Audit Policy, we sought to dispel the assumption that only industrial manufacturers stand to benefit from conducting an environmental compliance self-evaluation audit…

New York State Environmental Audit Incen...

By Gene Kelly – In our previous blog on the topic of environmental audits, we discussed the potential value to local and county governments of conducting an audit to assess (and improve) their operations…

New York State Environmental Self-Audits...

By Gene Kelly – Those who have held office in local or county government are likely aware that state and federal environmental regulations are applicable to governmental operations…

Municipal Labor Contract Database Now Av...

By The Editorial Team – In an effort to promote greater transparency and accountability in government, the Empire Center for Public Policy posts state and local payrolls and other data on its web site SeeThroughNY.net…