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CLOUD Act Negates Need for Supreme Court Decision

In a February 27 MuniBlog posting we described a case pending before the United States Supreme Court on whether the provider of email services, Microsoft, must provide electronic communications stored outside the United...more

A Data Privacy Question that Borders on Reach

Location, Location, Location. While it is often used to describe a key to selling real estate, the location of a server may be just as important. The United States Supreme Court heard arguments on February 27, 2018, on...more

Maintain Your Lanes

An increase in bike paths and lanes could lead to an increase in claims against municipalities. Bike riding may have many benefits for the rider and for the environment. However, as recently reported in The Los Angeles...more

Changing Times and Climate Change

As recently reported in The Washington Post and The New York Times, among other news outlets, the City of New York has sued the five (5) largest publicly traded oil companies for their contributions to climate change and the...more

$250 Million "Bridge NY" Fund Seeks to Aid Municipalities in Bridge Repair

$250 million is now available to assist local governments across New York in the repair or replacement of bridges and culverts. Municipalities authorized to receive and administer state and federal transportation funding are...more

FEMA Flood Map Changes

As reported by the New York Times earlier this month, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) is “for the first time in three decades” redrawing flood maps in the state of New York. As noted, New York has over 500...more

The State of Local Government in New York, 2017

The Office of the State Comptroller has issued its annual report on local governments from 2016. The report shows...more

NYS Budget: The Impact of the Governor’s Proposals

As New York state lawmakers prepare to learn details, schools and municipalities face impacts of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019 spending plan. The State Budget, totaling $168.2 billion in spending calls for $100 billion in...more

FEMA Updates Policy on Disaster Aid for Churches

In a September 2017 post we commented on three churches (The Harvest Family Church, Hi-Way Tabernacle and Rockport First Assembly of God) which challenged the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) policy of not...more

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