Governor Cuomo Announces New York Ending COVID-19 State of Emergency

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June 23, 2021 —Today Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that as of tomorrow, June 24, 2021, the state of emergency in New York will end. Please see Governor Cuomo’s press release here. This means that ALL emergency executive orders will expire tomorrow, including all those pertaining to legal and court proceedings. Please note that a number of […]

New York Enacts LIBOR Transition Law

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June 11, 2021 — New York State enacted a new law to ease the transition away from the US dollar London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR), a global interest rate benchmark index based on the average of the inter-bank offered rates for deposits of various currencies. As part of the phase-out, one-week and two-month LIBOR rates denominated in […]

NYC Creates Requirements for Commercial Establishments Concerning Biometric Information Collected from Customers

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May 12, 2021 — Effective July 9, 2021, commercial establishments such as retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues could face limitations regarding the collection, use and retention of customer’s biometric identifier information. To be in compliance, businesses must place clear and conspicuous signage near all customer entrances notifying customers that their biometric identifier is being used, or […]

New York City Department of Buildings Announces New Construction Safety Legislation & Sweeping Construction Code Revisions

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April 22, 2021 — Today, the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) announced five new construction safety bills and updates. The changes aim to continue to reduce construction-related injuries and advance safety regulations to protect the public and construction workers. These new bills would further reduce injuries and fatalities on construction sites if enacted. […]

Governor & Legislative Leaders Announce 2021-2022 State Budget Agreement

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April 7, 2021 — The Governor and the Legislature agreed to the 2021-2022 State Budget yesterday afternoon. As of this update, the Senate has passed all the 2021-22 State Budget Bills, with the Assembly returning to session today to complete the passage process. The $212B package represents a jump in spending of $18B from last year’s […]

New York Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

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April 1, 2021 — Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act into law, immediately legalizing the possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana for adults 21 and over and establishing a government agency that will regulate and license a retail industry that’s expected to raise hundreds of millions in tax revenue […]

Restaurant Relief Update

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March 8, 2021 — Over the weekend, the U.S. Senate passed the American Rescue Package, which includes $28.6 billion dedicated for restaurant relief to save restaurants, bars, and jobs. The Restaurant Relief Fund was enacted last month by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the New York City Hospitality Alliance. Below is a summary of the […]

Senator Schumer And Restaurant Relief

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February 22, 2021 — Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined the Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance Andrew Rigie and owner of Dirt Candy Amanda Cohen at a press conference to enact a dedicated Restaurant Relief Fund to help save countless restaurants, bars, and jobs. Below is a summary of the […]