Rethinking Residential Real Estate Transactions in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

As a result of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, parties to residential real estate transactions have experienced and may continue to experience unanticipated delays in closings. From government-mandated stay at home orders, to social distancing requirements, it is important that parties recognize and plan for issues that may arise …

January 4, 2021

New York State Continues Suspension of COVID-19 Related Commercial Evictions and Foreclosures

On May 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.28, which provides, among other things, that an eviction or foreclosure proceeding may not be initiated or enforced against a commercial tenant or a commercial mortgagor for nonpayment of rent or of its loan, as applicable, resulting from COVID-19-related financial hardship. …

November 4, 2020

New York State Continues the Suspension of In-Person Meeting and Public Hearing Requirements

Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.48 (E.O. 202.48) on July 6, 2020 and Executive Order 202.49 (E.O. 202.49) on July 7, 2020  which continue the suspension of in-person meeting and in-person public hearing requirements in continued response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. E.O. 202.48 and E.O. 202.49 are the latest in …

July 15, 2020

New York Courts Announce Additional Re-Opening Measures for the Filing of Eviction Proceedings

On June 18, 2020 Chief Administrative Judge Marks issued a memorandum advising that, effective June 20, 2020, the moratorium on filing commercial and residential eviction proceedings is coming to an end, though restrictions remain on proceedings against tenants affected by COVID-19. Beginning on June 20th, eviction proceedings may now be …

June 19, 2020

Virtual Hearings: Helpful Tips to Ensure an Orderly and Procedurally Compliant Public Hearing

Several local municipalities and state agencies in NY and CT have instituted virtual hearing videoconferencing as a result of the COVID-19 State of Emergency. A public hearing for a specific application, unlike a public meeting, involves providing the opportunity for the public to comment on that application. These municipalities and …

May 7, 2020

Telecommunications as Essential Infrastructure, Executive Orders Tolling Limitations Periods and the FCC “Shot Clock”

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public, the governors of New York and Connecticut issued Executive Orders reducing the in-person workforce of all non-essential businesses and not-for-profit entities by 100%. Only essential businesses or entities providing essential services are exempt from the workforce reductions. These prevention and …

April 30, 2020

Support for the Energy Sector in New York State, Part 3: Long-Term

This is the third blog in a three-part series about near-, middle-, and long-term impact for the Energy Sector in New York. Improved Siting Process for Renewable Energy Projects Earlier this April, the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the Act) was adopted as part of the New …

April 22, 2020

Support for the Energy Sector in New York State, Part 2: Medium-Term

This is the second blog in a three-part series about near-, middle-, and long-term impact for the Energy Sector in New York. Essential Workers and Businesses in Energy Throughout March 2020, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a series of Executive Orders declaring a State disaster emergency in order …

April 20, 2020

Support for the Energy Sector in New York State, Part 1: Near-Term

This is the first blog in a three-part series about near-, middle-, and long-term impact for the Energy Sector in New York.   At the start of the year, numerous memes celebrated 2020 as the “year of perfect vision.” With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting earliest and hardest in New York, …

April 15, 2020

New York and Connecticut Join Multi-State Council to Restore the Economy

New York and Connecticut announced on April 13, 2020 they are joining a seven-state council tasked with creating a plan to reopen the States’ economies. The council will work together “to develop a fully integrated regional framework to gradually lift the States’ stay at home orders while minimizing the risk …