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Scott Fein, Partner with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, is the Editor-in-Chief of the recently published book Immigration: Key to the Future — The Benefits of Resettlement to Upstate New York.   The book examines how refugees contribute to and even rejuvenate their communities by offsetting demographic and economic decline through paying taxes, rebuilding housing stock, opening new businesses, and taking unfilled jobs.  Through extensive research, the authors see refugees as [...]

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The Schenectady Bar Association recently held a dedication ceremony of a courtroom in honor of Judge Howard A. Levine.  From 1993 to 2002, Howard Levine served as Associate Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals. He was previously an Associate Justice on the Appellate Division, Third Department, from 1982 to 1993. His appointment to the appellate bench came only one year after his election as Supreme Court Justice for the Fourth Judicial District, where he served from 1981 to 1982. [...]

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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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