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New York Enacts Law Prohibiting Credit Card Surcharges Without Proper Disclosure  Starting on February 11, 2024, a new law take effect for New York State businesses charging an additional fee to customers paying with a credit card. As stated in the newly amended §518 of the New York General Business Law, merchants will be expressly…

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…

UNDERSTANDING FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS AND HARDSHIP DECLARATIONS DURING COVID-19 New York State recently adopted  the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Procedure Act of 2020, which, along with a number of other protections for residential property owners relating to eviction proceedings, clarified the status of both tax and residential mortgage foreclosure proceedings during the current pandemic and…

NEW LAW PERMITS AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF SENIOR CITIZEN AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITES AND LIMITED INCOME REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS  In another response to the Covid crisis, New York State has enacted a law which allows local tax jurisdictions to automatically renew certain real property tax exemptions for 2021. The applicable exemptions are the Real Property…

SUPPORTING THE NON-PROFITS SUPPORTING YOUR COMMUNITY The Poughkeepsie Journal recently published a very sobering article on the economic challenges facing so many non-profits in our area. The economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic , as well as the economic anxiety that we are all feeling, is resulting in a substantial decrease in funds available…

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…

One More Step Towards New York’s Clean Energy Future I recently had the opportunity to attend an excellent presentation by Houtan Moveni from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (“NYSERDA”), which was hosted by the Orange County Planning Department. Mr. Moveni discussed the action by the New York State Public Service Commission to…

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