On March 7th, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency to contain the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State. On March 14th, New Rochelle, the epicenter of a COVID-19 outbreak, similarly declared a state of emergency. The City commenced a series of measures, including restrictions on large gatherings in high-risk areas…


New Statute of Limitations For Water Provider Contamination Claims

Amidst a sea of water-contamination lawsuits and emergent contaminant regulations, New York extends the statute of limitations for water provider claims against polluters. On November 4, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.3337C/A.5477C) amending the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR) to effectively lengthen the statute of limitations for claims filed…


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. Navigating the ins and outs of government service is a daunting task. Here are a few recommendations to help you get started. Be teachable. There is a lot you don’t know. Be humble enough to understand…


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 farmers. As the Town Supervisor, you were approached by a developer about four months ago to meet about a proposed solar energy project. You and other town officials met with them and they talked about…