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…

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…