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OPEN MEETINGS LAW AMENDED TO PERMIT SOME REMOTE ATTENDANCE The Open Meetings Law was recently amended to permit public bodies to use videoconferencing to conduct open meetings under “extraordinary circumstances” without there being a declared state disaster emergency in effect. Public bodies seeking to use remote attendance must adopt a local law or ordinance to…

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HOUSING – THE OVERLOOKED INFRASTRUCTURE The United States is experiencing a critical shortage of affordable housing opportunities.  According to a recent publication of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) titled “The Doubled Trouble of the Housing Market,” we are experiencing the double whammy of record high home prices and record low inventory of available homes….

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BALANCING THE SHORT-TERM RENTALS MARKET IN THE HUDSON VALLEY Over the last few years, the Hudson Valley and Catskills has become a very popular short-term rental (STR) market and part of the national debate about their merits and shortcomings. While many residents that operate STRs experience financial success and help bring visitors to their area,…

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YES WE CAN ATTRACT HIGH TECH DEVELOPMENT as it appears in the Summer Edition of the Sullivan County Partnership’s “In the Know” Magazine – July 1, 2021 When most people think of the land use and zoning process in New York State, the picture that comes to mind is a stop sign, or at the…

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HOUSING THE HUDSON VALLEY as it appears in the Senior Gazette Housing the Hudson Valley, as it appears in the Senior Gazette, written by John C. Cappello, Esq., Partner, Jacobowitz and Gubits and Joe Czajka, Senior Vice President of Research, Development & Community Planning and Executive Director Center for Housing Solutions and Community Initiatives, Hudson…

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HOUSING THE HUDSON VALLEY as it appears in the Sullivan County Partnership’s In The Know Magazine 3/10/21 By John C. Cappello, Partner, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (www.jacobowitz.com) and Joe Czajka, Senior Vice President for Research, Development, and Community Planning, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (www.pattern-for-progress.com) Over the last several years the Hudson Valley has experienced…

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What is one to do when the Building Inspector denies you a building permit or says you are violating the zoning law? You can modify your plans of course, but what if you can’t afford to do so or are physically unable to modify them? What if you think the building inspector made a mistake?…

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AN IMPORTANT TIP FOR MUNICIPALITIES USING ZOOM FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS UNDER NYS GOVERNOR’S GUIDANCE Following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6, many municipalities are using Zoom to comply with the requirement that remote meetings be made available to the public. We want you to be aware of one potential complication of doing so. Today’s Daily Freeman…

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE For the past several months, the firm has remained fully operational and continued to provide seamless, high quality legal services to our clients.   As we move forward, we want our clients to know that our full-service team is available to provide you with the assistance you need in whatever format makes the…

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Planning to cancel a public board meeting due to COVID concerns?  You can conference call instead (but do it the right way.) A core principle of the Open Meetings Law (OML) is that public bodies must conduct public business in public. Amid widespread public health concern about public gatherings,that principle is adapting to the Coronavirus emergency….

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