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485-b COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION Section 485-b of the New York Real Property Tax Law provides the basis for a 50% reduction of the increase in assessed value due to certain qualifying new construction, alterations, installations, or improvements for the purpose of commercial, business, or industrial activity, thus reducing real property taxes and some…

THE NEW YORK MARIJUANA REGULATION AND TAXATION ACT (MRTA):  Adult-Use On-Site Consumption Licenses The MRTA provides for 11 different kinds of licenses to cultivate and distribute marijuana in New York. One of these licenses is for premises where the on-site consumption of marijuana is permitted. Here are some of the features of this license. A…

NEW YORK STATE MARIJUANA FACTS an Infographic This is not intended to be legal advice.  You should contact an attorney for advice regarding your specific situation. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Gary M. Schuster is Partner at the firm and practices business, non-profit,  arts and entertainment law and marijuana licensing. He can be reached at  845-764-9656 and by email.

THE NEW YORK MARIJUANA REGULATION AND TAXATION ACT (MRTA):  Adult Use Retail Dispensary Licenses The MRTA provides for 11 different kinds of licenses to cultivate and distribute marijuana in New York. One of these licenses is for premises that sell marijuana to retail customers. As with liquor stores, product must be taken away and may…

Will the Municipal Opt-Out Kill the MRTA’s Buzz? On March 31, 2021, New York State became the 17th state to legalize adult-use recreational marijuana through the enactment of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (“MRTA”). Many are taking a budding interest in legalization and are looking to enter the market, whether merely as a consumer…

AN IMPORTANT TIP FOR MUNICIPALITIES USING ZOOM FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS UNDER NYS GOVERNOR’S GUIDANCE Following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6, many municipalities are using Zoom to comply with the requirement that remote meetings be made available to the public. We want you to be aware of one potential complication of doing so. Today’s Daily Freeman…

Just Say Yes!  JUST SAY YES It is very easy for anyone reading most Hudson Valley news outlets coverage of land use issues to become confused.  For instance, a recent excellent Times Herald Record editorial explained and encouraged efforts in California and New York State to promote the implementation and use of solar energy as…

Some Outdoor Recreation Law Do you play outdoors? Do you own land used for outdoor recreation? Then do you know about New York State General Obligations Law §9-301? If you don’t, you should and, please, read on. This law was enacted to encourage property owners to permit people to come onto their land to engage…

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