New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently reported that the number of New York’s villages experiencing “fiscal stress” declined slightly in 2015.
By Joseph V. Frateschi
What do indie films, rock bands and municipalities have in common? The answer may be the ability to harness the power of crowdfunding for financing projects. For municipalities, municipal crowdfunding may be an alternative to traditional forms of financing select projects.
By Jeffrey J. Weiss and Marnie E. Smith – The recent legalization of medical marijuana in New York state through the Compassionate Care Act has led to an unanticipated phenomenon
As part of Solarize Westchester, the Pace Law School Land Use Law Center recently released the Barrier Removal for Solar Permitting Resource Guide. The guidance document was created to help municipalities identify and minimize barriers to facilitate small-scale, roof-mounted solar electric systems.
By Richard E. Rising – Since the recent rash of highly publicized police-citizen confrontations, there has been increasing attention given to evaluating the effectiveness of current police policies and procedures that guide the police response in these cases. One organization, the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), unveiled what could be a landmark set of…
By Richard E. Rising
In 2015 and for the second year in a row, bills were introduced in the New York State Senate and Assembly to address the growing problem of so called zombie properties.
By David M. Rothman
A lot of attention has been paid, including by those of us at the NY MuniBlog, on the financial difficulties of Detroit and Chicago. More recently, attention has been paid to the ongoing financial difficulties in Puerto Rico where that government recently clawed back funds to make payments of nearly $329 million to holders of general obligations debt which has triggered lawsuits from Ambac Financial Group and Assured Guaranty.