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In a huge win for preservation of the New York State Forest Preserve for generations to come, the New York Court of Appeals this morning held that the State’s destruction of thousands of trees to build snowmobile trails throughout the Adirondack Park violates the Forever Wild clause of the New York Constitution. The Court made clear that the People of this State must be permitted to decide when large development projects will be allowed to move forward in the Adirondacks.As the Court of [...]

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To learn about important dates for New York’s adult-use cannabis market, please click here:  WOH - NY Adult Use Cannabis Alert (Approx. Timeline) _ 4-20-2021.pdf

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by Tim Morrison, PartnerNY MJ ACT _ WOH News Alert.pdfOn March 31, 2021, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the “Marihuana Regulation and Taxation Act” (the “Act”) legalizing the use of cannabis in the State by adults 21-years of age and older.   The goals of the Act include generating significant new State revenue, ending the racially disparate impact of existing cannabis laws, and creating new industries and employment opportunities for New Yorkers.  The [...]

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Terresa Bakner and Rob Rosborough recently presented at the New York State Association of Towns Conference on the Municipal Review of Religious Projects.  The presentation focused on the municipal review of religious projects and the special requirements that apply to such projects under New York State and federal laws. Case law imposing and interpreting these requirements were covered in depth with a particular focus on recent cases involving challenges by religious institutions to land [...]

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Jon Crain and T.J. Ruane recently presented at the New York State Association of Towns Conference on the Nightmare on Main Street:  The Fight Against Community Blight.  The presentation provided a brief overview of the tools available to towns to combat community blight by enforcing against property owners, first lien mortgage holders, and mortgage loan servicers. The presentation included a discussion of New York Zombie Property Laws (Real Actions and Proceedings Law 1308, 1309, and [...]

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