New Renewable Energy Siting Process Passed Into Law Bypasses Community Engagement
202004.08
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New Renewable Energy Siting Process Passed Into Law Bypasses Community Engagement

The new renewable energy siting process proposed by Governor Cuomo was passed into law on April 3 as part of the budget bill. The new process, included in the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the “Act,” see Part JJJ), establishes an Office of Renewable Energy Siting (Siting Office) within the Department of…

NY Issues Guidance on Enforcement of Executive Orders on COVID-19 for Code Enforcement Officials
202004.07
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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 the COVID-19 pandemic (“Guidance”). The New York Department of State’s Division of Building Standards and Codes issued the guidance dated April 4, 2020 by E-Bulletin. The Guidance states that building code enforcement personnel may be…

202003.19
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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 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…