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Adapting To Climate Change Sabin Center for Climate Change The events of the last couple of weeks provide a clear demonstration of the very real effects of climate change.  While there still may be a small minority of people who dispute whether climate change is caused, or at least exacerbated by human activity, even the…

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Considering Solar? Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have made solar growth a priority in New York State by offering attractive incentive packages for individuals, businesses and utility scale solar providers.  In February, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced that state supported solar power in New York had increased nearly 800% from December, 2011…

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The Sun Shines Through According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, citing a U.S. Department of Energy report, the solar industry now employs more people (374,000) in the United States than coal, gas and oil combined. In New York State over 8,000 jobs are provided in the solar industry. While California is well ahead…

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HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY! February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day. This is fitting since the existence of fresh water wetlands are vital for the survival of so many species, including groundhogs (and human beings, for that matter). Wetlands are land areas saturated or flooded with water, either permanently…

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Updating SEQRA: DEC Proposes to Update and Streamline the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last revised the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Bill Clinton was completing the last year of his first term in office, the Dallas Cowboys would shortly win…

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Since you are reading this blog, you probably live in or near Orange County, NY. In that case, you are ready for winter which, as we are learning as 2017 arrives, will have snow and ice. What follows is a discussion snow and ice injury liability and the rights and responsibilities of those of us…

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New Minimum Wages Come to New York Now that we have entered 2017, there are six different hourly new minimum wages in effect in New York State. The one applicable to you, as an employer or an employee, depends on the location and size of the employer. As defined by this chart from the New…

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Nothing Stays the Same A historical safe harbor has been doing business using a corporate or limited liability entity.  Officers and employees were protected against claims for their actions as long as they were acting within the scope of their authority in the performance of activities on behalf of the company.  Another safe harbor was…

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ARTFUL ZONING IN THE HUDSON VALLEY On September 8, 2016, I attended the Orange County Chamber of Commerce breakfast to hear a great presentation by my partner, Gary Schuster, and Adam Demchak from Polich/Tallix Foundry, discussing the economic and cultural benefits associated with the many creative arts associated businesses, entrepreneurs, artists and non-profits operating in…

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Someone’s In the Kitchen Cooking shows on TV like Chopped, Iron Chef, and Hell’s Kitchen are all the rage. Everyone seems to want to be a chef. Here in the Hudson Valley we are blessed to have the Culinary Institute of America, which turns out truly talented chefs every year. Many of these choose to…

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