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…

Board of Regents Finally Gets the Messag...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – At this week’s Board of Regents meeting, it was announced that starting in September 2015, New York State will finally adopt multiple pathways towards student graduation…

Lockport Seeks State Legislation for Def...

By The Editorial Team – The city of Lockport has sought special state legislation giving it the authority to borrow over $5 million to address an immediate cash flow crisis…

Property Tax Cap Set for 2015: The Chall...

By Richard E. Rising – The New York State Comptroller has just announced the property tax cap limit for those municipalities who have fiscal years starting in January 2015…

Amendment to Teacher Evaluation Regulati...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach attorney Warren H. Richmond bylined the article “Amendment to Teacher Evaluation Regulations Creates Further Confusion” in the July 30, 2014 edition of the New York Law Journal…

SEC Modifies Municipalities Disclosure I...

By Christopher A. Andreucci – As we have previously reported on NYMuniBlog, 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…

Court Holds that Health and Safety Trump...

By Douglas E. Gerhardt – Student health and safety outweighs teacher free speech rights, even when that speech relates to union activity…

Detroit’s Bankruptcy: Not What it Seemed...

By Richard E. Rising – Detroit’s financial distress and its process through bankruptcy are making for an interesting and somewhat unexpected story…

H. Todd Bullard Presenting Keynote Addre...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner H. Todd Bullard will be the keynote speaker at the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Summer Conference on Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Rochester…

Christopher Andreucci Presents on Econom...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach partner and NYMuniBlog editorial team member Christopher A. Andreucci presented on economic development at the New York State Bar Association’s Real Estate Property Law Section Summer Meeting on July 18, 2014…

Disciplining Employees for Off-Duty Misc...

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach attorney Edward A. Trevvett published the article, “Disciplining Employees for Off-Duty Misconduct: Maintaining Order While Avoiding the Pitfalls,” in the spring issue of the NYCOM Municipal Bulletin…

Blue States are Donor States

By The Editorial Team – In his recent op-ed column for the LI Herald newspapers, “Blue states are donor states,” Harris Beach attorney Thomas Suozzi states that we shouldn’t support any increase in federal or state income taxes unless some serious changes are made…

Common Core Regents Tests Send a Mixed M...

By Howard J. Goldsmith – Just prior to the administration of the two common core based Regents tests in the beginning of June, the State Education Department issued a memorandum informing superintendents, BOCES district superintendents, and principals that these common core Regents would be scored differently than other statewide tests…

Supreme Court Strikes Down Agency Fee Re...

By James E. Beyer – On June 30, the last day of its 2013-2014 term, the U. S. Supreme Court handed down a decision limiting the reach of public sector unions…

2014 End-of-Session Legislative Review

By Jillian D. Kasow – On June 20th, the New York State Legislature concluded the second year of its 2013-14 legislative session…

End-of-Session Brownfields Extender Pass...

By Jillian D. Kasow – On the last two days of session, the New York State Legislature passed a two-year extender to the brownfield cleanup program…

Municipal Advisor Registration Periods f...

By Christopher A. Andreucci – In 2010, the SEC adopted a temporary registration regime, under which approximately 1,300 municipal advisors are currently registered. Subsequently, on September 18, 2013, the SEC adopted its final rule on the permanent registration of municipal advisors…

Schuyler and Yates Counties Consider Con...

By Patrick M. Malgieri and Nicholas C. Roberts – Late last year, Schuyler and Yates Counties received a $50,000 grant from the New York State Department of Local Government Efficiency to fund a study on the potential consolidation of county services…

And the Beat Goes On……

By Douglas E. Gerhardt and Howard J. Goldsmith – Governor Cuomo and the legislature negotiated an end of session bill with NYSUT that minimizes the impact of the components of the APPR dependent on student performance on the common core standards…

Now that Elections are Over, What Does a...

By Tracie L. Lopardi and Howard S. Smith, Ed.D. – With the change of composition of many school boards beginning in a few weeks, it is important that new school board members have an opportunity to learn about and become acclimated with their responsibilities and obligations…