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…

New York State Budget Bills Redefine Rep...

In the current New York state budget bills, amendments were made to Legislative Law sec. 1-c, subdivision (k) that greatly increases the number of municipalities that are covered for purposes of registering with the state Joint Commission on Public Ethics, if one is engaged in “lobbying” or “lobbying activities” of municipalities.

New York State Brownfield Opportunity Ar...

By Robert G. Murray, Frank C. Pavia and Gene Kelly

After months of wrangling and advocacy by various stakeholders and interests, the 2015-16 New York State Budget not only extends for ten years the Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP), which was due to expire at year’s end

Brownfield Cleanup Program Should Contin...

By Robert G. Murray, Frank C. Pavia and Gene Kelly

As we have always maintained, and thanks to the “old” and now the “revised” New York State Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP),

Twenty-Two Takeaways from Governor Cuomo...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – Governor Cuomo has labeled his Article VII Program bill on education as “The Education Opportunity Agenda”…

The Legal Realities Behind the Governor’...

By Douglas E. Gerhardt – According to the Albany Times Union, “secrecy is now State Policy.” The paper is referring to a new “email management and preservation policy”…

Tell me the Answer!

Douglas E. Gerhardt – Recent protests denounce common core curriculum and testing and a “one-size fits all” approach. Standard mantra. Some of these critiques are fair but…

State Budget Appropriation to Fund Water...

By Gene Kelly – Seven years ago this month, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation issued a report estimating the tab to update and repair the state’s wastewater infrastructure needs at nearly $33 billion…

Community Choice Aggregation Offers Pote...

By Steven D. Wilson – On February 26, 2015, the New York State Public Service Commission approved the state’s first natural gas and electricity Community Choice Aggregation pilot program…

Report Shows NYS School Districts Increa...

By Tracie L. Lopardi and Shannon K. Buffum – In his recent February 2015 “Local Government Snapshot” newsletter, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli analyzed the impact that the tax cap has had on school districts over the last three years…

Clean Air Act Deadline Looming: Title V ...

By Gene Kelly – Section 129 of the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) required EPA to set emissions limits for nine pollutants for certain non-hazardous solid waste incinerators…

Overview of Upstate New York Revitalizat...

By Richard E. Rising – As part of the 2015-16 executive budget proposal, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a new fund to jump start economic development in upstate New York…

How Ten Key Issues Fared in Governor Cuo...

By The Editorial Team – NYMuniBlog has been reporting on Governor Cuomo’s “Opportunity Agenda” as outlined in his combined State of the State/budget presentation on January 21, 2015…

The Chicken or The Egg

By Patrick M. Malgieri – You know that age-old question: “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” For Governor Andrew Cuomo and Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, the question might be re-framed as, “What came first, rebuilding a city’s failing infrastructure or growing private business and investment?”…

The Governor Proposes Extending the Brow...

By Richard E. Rising – The governor’s proposed 2015-16 executive budget includes a permanent extension of the state’s Brownfield Cleanup Program, along with several substantial program changes…