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…

Governor Cuomo’s “2015 Opportunity Agend...

By Michael F. Nozzolio – Promising property tax relief for both homeowners and renters, coupled with what some are characterizing as an over ambitious pre-k through 12th grade educational agenda, summarizes Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education budget proposal for the 2015-16 New York state fiscal year…

DiNapoli Report Points to Ongoing Financ...

By The Editorial Team – New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s 2014 Annual Report on Local Governments released last Friday found that despite an improving economy, property tax growth is slow and state municipalities remain pressured to do more with less…

A December to Remember

By Howard J. Goldsmith – Most Decembers are relatively quiet months as the calendar year draws to an end and schools close for their holiday breaks. But December 2014 included…

Governor Andrew Cuomo: New Education Cza...

By Douglas E. Gerhardt – As widely reported in the press following the implausible statistic that 96 percent of teachers in New York state are effective or highly effective while at the same time…

NYSDEC Provides Briefing on Sewage Pollu...

By Gene Kelly – On December 18th, the NYS DEC presented a webinar on the implementation of a new computerized reporting system that municipalities must use to report sewage spills…

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…