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…

NYS Budget Provides Funding for Shared S...

By Howard S. Smith, Ed.D. – This year’s New York state budget has a new initiative sponsored by Senator Patrick Gallivan that provides for state dollars to support School Resource Officers…

Cool Downtowns

By The Editorial Team – Harris Beach attorneys Thomas Garry and Thomas Suozzi were featured in the story, “Harris Beach: Towns Adopting Ideas of ‘Cool Downtowns’,” recently published in the Long Island Business News…

After California Decision, the Prospects...

By James E. Beyer – A recent decision by Judge Rolf M. Treu of the Superior Court of California reinvigorated the state- and nation-wide conversation about the efficacy of teacher tenure laws…

SEC Warns of Self-Reporting Conflicts Be...

By Christopher A. Andreucci – The SEC’s Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative was the topic of a recent International Municipal Lawyers Association webinar…

Deadline Approaching for Municipal Bond ...

By Christopher A. Andreucci – The deadline is rapidly approaching for issuers and underwriters of municipal bonds to avail themselves of the voluntary reporting provision of the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative…

It’s Not Too Early for Municipalities an...

By Joshua D. Steele – Beginning in 2018, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will impose a 40 percent excise tax on the aggregate value of employer-sponsored health insurance benefits exceeding a certain threshold…

Final Cost Reports Due June 30th for Sch...

By Shannon K. Buffum – The end of the school year is quickly approaching, and with it comes a long “to-do list” for school administrators…

NYS DEC Plans Climate Change Webinar for...

By John T. McManus and Patrick M. Malgieri – Climate change and its effect on municipalities is an emerging topic that we expect to discuss on our blog…

Tips When Considering Entering into Agre...

By Steve D. Wilson – The roof tops of municipal buildings and schools provide ideal space for the installation of solar electric generating panels…