Public Service Commission Requests Comment on Community Host Benefit Program for Renewable Energy Projects
202006.02
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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 where a project is proposed to be sited. That benefit may be: (1) “a discount or credit on the utility bills of the utility’s customers in a renewable host community, or a compensatory or environmental…

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…