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Turning Applications Into Approvals:  How to get your tourism project approved With the massive influx of large-scale tourism to the Hudson Valley Region, including the Resorts World Catskills Casino in Monticello and Legoland in Goshen, an increasing number of hotels, shopping plazas, breweries, wineries, cideries, and restaurants are popping up to support these venues. If…

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DEC’s Release of New Part 360 Regulations Creates Uncertainty   Despite the recent release of much-needed updates to Part 360, the status of New York State’s solid waste regulatory scheme remains anything but solidified. The last comprehensive revision to the state’s Part 360 solid waste regulations occurred nearly 25 years ago, back when solid waste…

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Renewable Energy Solutions  One would only need to take a quick look at recent international, national and local news to understand the need to support and promote efforts to provide renewable energy sources in our region, our country and the world. Internationally, Europe is facing one of the hottest, if not the hottest, summers on…

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DEC Releases New SEQRA Regulations The wait is over. After promising updates to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) since 2012 and pushing back the release date several times, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has finally published the final version of the updated regulations. These updates are the first change…

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  News Release:  J&G Welcomes New Associate Attorney – Marissa G. Weiss, Esq. Press Release For more information, contact: Michele Babcock, Managing Partner, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, 845-778-2121  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Jacobowitz and Gubits Welcomes New Environmental and Land Use Associate Attorney to Firm WALDEN, NY – Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is proud to…

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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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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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