Challenges Lie Ahead for Detroit Post Ba...

By Richard E. Rising – Now that Detroit has successfully emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, some say the difficult work is just beginning for a city seeking to reinvent itself…

DEC Shines the Light on LED Street Light...

By Gene Kelly – For most municipalities, street lighting costs are a major component of their budgets…

What Lies Ahead for the Smart Schools Bo...

By James E. Beyer – On Election Day 2014, voters approved the sale of state bonds of up to $2 billion to provide access to classroom technology and high-speed internet connectivity…

DEC Presents Climate Smart Communities W...

By The Editorial Team – The New York State DEC will present a Climate Smart Communities webinar on “Best Practices in LED Streetlight Conversions” on December 10…

Comptroller Warns That Despite $5 Billio...

By The Editorial Team – New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli this week warned that the $5 billion New York is seeing from legal settlements with banks related to the Wall Street crash should not be viewed as a budget surplus…

New York’s Leading Education Groups Call...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – While New York’s education stakeholder groups do not often agree on controversial school issues and ongoing initiatives, they do come together periodically to demonstrate a united front as the New York State Educational Conference Board…

Will Fed Policies Spell Disaster for the...

By The Editorial Team – A recent Associated Press article suggests that the bond market is teetering on the edge of financial collapse…

Private Foundations Played Key Role in G...

By Richard E. Rising – On November 7, a federal bankruptcy judge approved Detroit’s plan to eliminate $7 billion in debt and invest $1.7 billion in municipal services and in eliminating widespread blight…

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill Clarifying Sch...

By James E. Beyer – On Friday, November 7, 2014, Governor Cuomo signed into law a bill amending Section 458-a of the New York Real Property Tax Law clarifying a school district’s ability to repeal its decision to offer a veterans tax exemption…

Local Governments’ Pension Fund Contribu...

By Richard E. Rising – For the second consecutive year, contribution rates to the Employee Retirement System and the Police and Fire Retirement System have declined…

EPA Invites Communities to Apply for Ass...

By Gene Kelly – On October 23, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an announcement under its Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program inviting communities to apply for technical assistance to implement smart growth development approaches…

Potential Personal Liability for Public ...

By C. Todd Miles – As we have previously reported, the SEC has launched an initiative to encourage issuers, conduit borrowers and underwriters to self-report non-compliance with continuing disclosure obligations required pursuant to Rule 15c2-12 of the Exchange Act…

Lessening School Board Woes

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach attorney Tracie Lopardi and Harris Beach consultant Dr. Howard Smith were quoted in the Buffalo Law Journal article “Lessening school board woes” published on October 20…

Developer’s Forum Highlights Opportuniti...

By Roberta A. Jordans – The city of Jamestown was the site of a developer’s forum that showcased properties available within the city’s Brownfield Opportunity Area and highlighted incentive programs and financing measures…

The Shifting of Education Funding and Re...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – The New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) just completed its analysis and issued a report on the shifting of education funding in New York over a 10 year period…

New York Counties Opting Out of Nursing ...

By Patrick M. Malgieri – What does a municipality do when the cost of providing a long-standing service begins to outstrip the traditional sources of paying for its costs?…

Following Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Settleme...

By Richard E. Rising – The likelihood that Detroit’s bankruptcy-exit plan will be approved was significantly increased due to a tentative agreement reached between the city and bond insurer Syncora Guarantee, which claims it is owed $333 million.

New York’s Climate Change Act Will Impac...

By Gene Kelly – On September 22nd, Governor Cuomo signed the Community Risk and Resiliency Act, which may have a significant impact on future development and redevelopment of state and local public and private sector projects…

K-Solar Program to Provide K-12 Schools ...

By Steven D. Wilson – On September 4, 2014, Governor Cuomo announced the rollout of K-Solar, a program under the NY-Sun Initiative, to provide K-12 schools throughout the state with the tools and expertise to bring solar energy to their facilities…

Local Government Spending on Infrastruct...

By Richard E. Rising – Local governments in New York state (excluding New York City) have significantly reduced spending to maintain and improve their infrastructure by $3.9 million, or eight percent, from 2010 to 2012…