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…

New York Takes on Zombie Properties

By Patrick M. Malgieri – New York lawmakers are poised to propose updated legislation aimed at addressing the issue of so-called “zombie properties” in the state…

State Comptroller Announces a New Tool t...

By Richard E. Rising – State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced new legislation that would allow municipalities to create an investment pool to fund future costs associated with non-pension fund post employment benefits…

Uniform Building and Fire Prevention Cod...

By David M. Rothman and Lori Lee Dickson – Recently, the ability of all New York state municipalities to enforce the state’s uniform building and fire prevention codes was called into question…

Part 3: Overview of the “Education Trans...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – In Parts 1 and 2 of our series on the Education Transformation Act of 2015, we reviewed Subparts A through E. Today, we look at Subparts F, G and H…

Part 2: Overview of the “Education Trans...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – In Part 1 of our series on the Education Transformation Act of 2015, we reviewed Subparts A, B and C. Today, we look at Subparts D and E…

Part 1: Overview of the “Education Trans...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – Governor Cuomo’s Article VII Bill enacts major policy components of legislation to implement the education, labor and family assistance budget for state fiscal year 2015-2016…

New York State Budget: What’s in it for ...

By Patrick M. Malgieri – The adopted 2015-2016 New York state budget may prove to be something of a mixed bag for the state’s municipalities…