LOCAL & STATE GOVERNMENT SECTION MEETING
Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 AM
9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
MCLE Credits TBA
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Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 6.0 credit hours (2.0 credits in Ethics and 4.0 in Areas of Professional Practice). This program will NOT qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys because it is not a basic practical skills program.
9:10-10:00 a.m.: New York’s 2016 Zombie Property and Foreclosure Prevention Law
2016 was a momentous year in New York for efforts to deal with distressed and abandoned properties. The State enacted new zombie property legislation that requires mortgagees to inspect and maintain properties that have been abandoned by the owner. This session will provide an overview of these changes to New York’s Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law, and what impact, if any, this law is likely to have on local efforts to address distressed and abandoned properties that are blighting communities across New York.
Wade Beltramo, Esq., General Counsel, New York State Conference of Mayors
10:00-10:50 a.m.: Regulating Short Term Rentals
Short stay rentals, such as those offered through services like Air BnB, are becoming increasingly popular. This course will review the legal landscape, some common issues that come up in communities, and look at what municipalities have done to regulate these hybrid residential / commercial entities.
Sarah B. Brancatella, Esq., Associate Counsel, Association of Towns
Coffee Break 10:50-11:00 a.m.
11:00-11:50 a.m.: Dawn of the Drones: New York’s Proposed Regulations on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Some estimate that the domestic market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — better known as drones — will surge to more than $13 billion by 2018. But is New York ready for this game-changing technology? The commercialization of drones has spawned a seemingly endless array of potential business and other applications, but it has also sparked legislative debates about the pros and cons of drone usage nationally, particularly in relation to privacy concerns. More than 15 states have so far enacted UAV legislation, and New York is one of several with bills in the pipeline. This course will provide an overview of the current regulatory landscape and domestic drone usage, and it will examine how other states have attempted to strike the right balance between privacy and beneficial UAV usage. Through an exploration of how those laws compare to the UAV bills currently pending in New York – complete with case studies and concrete examples highlighting the implications of drone usage — this course will offer practical insight on the potential local business and municipal liability impacts of New York’s proposed UAV legislation, along with some suggestions on how New York might improve its proposed policies.
Joseph M. Hanna, Esq., Partner, Goldberg Segalla and Dennis P. Glascott, Partner, Goldberg Segalla
12:00 – 1:40 p.m. Executive Committee Luncheon & Meeting – Clinton, 2nd Floor
For those not involved in the Executive Committee meeting, lunch will be on your own
1:40 p.m.-1:50 p.m.: Section Business Meeting
1:50 p.m.-2:40 p.m.: Recent Developments in the Defense and Indemnification of Public Employees
John Flannery, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser, Peter Meisels, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser and Robert Spolzino, Esq., Partner, Wilson Elser
Coffee Break 2:40-2:50
2:50 p.m.-4:30 p.m: Sisaphys Compared: Local and State Ethics Laws
In addition to providing updates in state and local ethics laws and their application and interpretation, this session will examine the variant approaches of those laws by analyzing President Donald Trump's potential conflicts of interest under the Public Officers Law, the General Municipal Law, and the NYC Charter.
Mark Davies, Esq., and Steven Leventhal, Esq., Partner, Leventhal, Cursio, Mullaney & Blinkoff, LLP