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  PROS AND CONS OF SHORT-TERM RENTAL REGULATIONS In recent years, the short-term rental (STR) market has grown in Sullivan County and its surrounding areas and there are no signs that it will disappear any time soon given the popularity of websites like Airbnb and VRBO. When STRs are properly regulated, positive impacts can benefit…

  ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PERMITTING LAW:  LOCAL GOVERNMENT IMPACTS     Introduction to New York’s Environmental Justice Permitting Law On December 31, 2022, Governor Hochul signed New York’s Environmental Justice Permitting Bill (S8830) into law, which will go into effect in June 2023. This law updates New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), which requires…

Solar Leases:  Landowner Considerations Background Solar developers are currently seeking parcels of land in New York State that are suitable for installing solar arrays. If a solar developer offers you a lease agreement, you want to ensure that the terms of the lease are fair and clearly identify who is responsible for certain obligations. Attorneys…

New York Paid Family Leave Law:  Updated Guidance for 2023 Paid Family Leave (“PFL”): Overview and Qualifying Events The New York Paid Family Leave (“PFL”) Law first went into effect in 2018 with the goal of supporting working families by providing them with economic security to care for their loved ones. PFL is funded by…

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…

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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