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Planning to cancel a public board meeting due to COVID concerns?  You can conference call instead (but do it the right way.) A core principle of the Open Meetings Law (OML) is that public bodies must conduct public business in public. Amid widespread public health concern about public gatherings,that principle is adapting to the Coronavirus emergency….

A New YIMBYs (Yes In My Backyard) Perspective on Housing Recently, the New York Times published a very interesting and informative article by Conor Dougherty chronicling the efforts of a group of people in California to reexamine some of the common assumptions related to the need for dense residential developments in our communities.  Mr. Dougherty…

MAKE OLD MAN WINTER YOUR FRIEND We are now officially in the dead of winter.  As the effects of winter bring ever increasing utility bills and cold and drafty homes, it is comforting to know that there is some help available, especially for seniors, to cope with old man winter. The New York State Office…

Freshly Baked: Insight into NY’s New Hemp Laws Hemp may be a budding topic of interest in New York State, but the legal and regulatory landscape drastically changed as of December 9, 2019. On that date, Governor Cuomo signed legislation establishing a more streamlined regulatory framework for the growing, processing, and sale of hemp and…

Delving into the Weeds:  Industrial Hemp Licenses – Grain and Fiber In, CBD on Hold If you’re looking to obtain a license to grow industrial hemp, your budding plans may get put on hold. As of December 2018, New York State Department of Agriculture and Market’s Division of Plant Industry has temporarily paused acceptance of…

Turning Applications Into Approvals:  How to get your tourism project approved With the massive influx of large-scale tourism to the Hudson Valley Region, including the Resorts World Catskills Casino in Monticello and Legoland in Goshen, an increasing number of hotels, shopping plazas, breweries, wineries, cideries, and restaurants are popping up to support these venues. If…

Turning Applications Into Approvals:  How to get your tourism project approved With the massive influx of large-scale tourism to the Hudson Valley Region, including the Resorts World Catskills Casino in Monticello and Legoland in Goshen, an increasing number of hotels, shopping plazas, breweries, wineries, cideries, and restaurants are popping up to support these venues. If…

DEC’s Release of New Part 360 Regulations Creates Uncertainty   Despite the recent release of much-needed updates to Part 360, the status of New York State’s solid waste regulatory scheme remains anything but solidified. The last comprehensive revision to the state’s Part 360 solid waste regulations occurred nearly 25 years ago, back when solid waste…

Renewable Energy Solutions  One would only need to take a quick look at recent international, national and local news to understand the need to support and promote efforts to provide renewable energy sources in our region, our country and the world. Internationally, Europe is facing one of the hottest, if not the hottest, summers on…

DEC Releases New SEQRA Regulations The wait is over. After promising updates to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) since 2012 and pushing back the release date several times, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has finally published the final version of the updated regulations. These updates are the first change…

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