Ground Rules: A Knauf Shaw Blog
NY Recreational Marijuana Law Includes Environmental Goals, Municipality Options
Recreational marijuana use will be legal in New York for those over 21 years of age. The Marijuana Regulation and…
Judge Orders Illegal Superstructure in Finger Lakes Taken Down
A long-standing steel frame on Conesus Lake which was constructed without necessary approvals from the Conesus Planning Board and Zoning…
Public Service Commission Requests Comment on Community Host Benefit Program for Renewable Energy Projects
New York’s new renewable energy siting process requires renewable energy project developers provide a “host community benefit” to a municipality…
New York legalizes e-bikes and e-scooters
New York legalized the use of “e-bikes” and “e-scooters” as part of the newly passed state budget. The vehicles, termed…
Hydrofracking Ban Codified in New York
On April 3, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a budget bill that codifies the State of…
NY Issues Guidance on Enforcement of Executive Orders on COVID-19 for Code Enforcement Officials
New York has issued guidance for code enforcement personnel concerning the Executive Orders issued by the Governor in response of…
Municipal Emergency Powers Amidst COVID-19
On March 7th, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in…
You Just Got Elected! Now What?
With a lot of hard work (or some miracle) you just got elected to a municipal office in New York….
The Public Service Commission Just Notified Us of an Article 10 Solar Project in Our Town. Now What?
The rumors started about a year ago. Reports that a developer was entering into solar energy agreements with the local…
Federal Court Strikes Down Town’s Expert Fee Recovery Provisions
The Western District of New York on September 25, 2019 granted a declaratory judgment to a communications tower developer which…