Local and State Government Law Section

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    Local and State Government Law Section Annual Meeting Program Thursday, January 26, 2017
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    • Local and State Government Section Meeting


      Thursday, January 26, 2017 9:00 AM
      9:00 AM - 4:50 PM
      MCLE Credits TBA

      Register Here or Download The Registration Form Here.

      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

  • Ethics for Municipal Lawyers

    The Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is proud to offer its members and members of the general public this complete resource center on Municipal Ethics. Below please find links to PDF versions of articles, statutes, and NYS Attorney General's Opinion letters.

    Attorney General Opinions 

    Ethics For Municipal Lawyers

    Ethics Litigation Papers

    Ethics Presentations

    Municipal Lawyer Ethics Columns

    Sample Ethics Laws

    Sample Financial Disclosure Forms

  • Legal Resources for Municipal Lawyers

    Welcome to the Local and State Government Law Section's Legal Resource Center!

    To assist you with resources the Section has prepared accessible lists of resources available in New York State. Click below on the links to help guide you to our resources:

    Ethics for Municipal Lawyers 

    General Municipal Law Legal Links (for a variety of legal resources)

    Municipal Laws 

    Sample Local Laws and Ordinances  

    New York Municipal Guide

  • Section Publications


    The Municipal Lawyer features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practice of municipal law on various topics including land use, zoning, ethics, and environmental issues. The Municipal Lawyer is published quarterly by the Local and State Government Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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    Each Government, Law and Policy Journal features peer-written substantive articles with a theme on a current issue of interest to government attorneys. Past themes have included Aging and Longevity, Renewable Energy, Civil Rights and Disabilities, Firearms, Public Safety and the Law; The Oversight Function: Guarding the Public Interest; New York State's Budget; Beverage Alcohol Law: Regulation and Policy; Public Authority Reform; Freedom of Information Law; and Climate Change. 

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