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$100 Million in Funding for NY Shelter

$100 Million in Funding for NY Shelter

All across the state, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the true extent of housing insecurity and made it even more challenging for struggling New Yorkers to pay rent. The Hudson Valley continues to face intense housing pressures and rapid price escalations. Change has already come to many local communities
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Why New York Doesn’t Rank as 2021’s Most Improved State

Why New York Doesn’t Rank as 2021’s Most Improved State

What comes to mind when you think about a state that’s set up for its communities to succeed and thrive? There are more than 2 million small businesses in New York State, which employ 4 million people. These small businesses make up 99.8% of all businesses within the state and employ
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Time is Running Out to Opt-out of Marijuana Tax

Time is Running Out to Opt-out of Marijuana Tax

Cities, towns, and villages can opt-out of allowing adult-use cannabis retail dispensaries or on-site consumption licenses from locating within their jurisdictions, but legalization is a done deal. Adult-use cannabis possession and use by adults 21 years of age or older following the Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA), is legal
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New NY Law Cracks Down on Code Enforcement

New NY Law Cracks Down on Code Enforcement

Local governments that are lax on code enforcement are being put on high alert by New York lawmakers after a stricter building code violation law was approved earlier this month by Gov. Kathy Hochul. What prompted the change, when does it take effect, and what does your municipality need to
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Local Sales Tax Collections Up 20% in Third Quarter

Local Sales Tax Collections Up 20% in Third Quarter

The height of the COVID-19 pandemic spelled financial disaster for communities across the country. I’m sure you remember feeling the panic that set in, as local leaders grappled with prioritizing public safety amidst an unprecedented health crisis while simultaneously dealing with an economic nosedive. Just how bad did it get,
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Want to Reduce Property Taxes and Lower Costs? Read This!

Want to Reduce Property Taxes and Lower Costs? Read This!

With many major revenue sources in decline, there is a heightened interest in exploring innovative ways to control local government and school district costs by eliminating duplicate services. If your community hasn’t yet considered county-wide shared services, what are you waiting for? Although the concepts of shared services and functional
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Plan Breakdown: Qualified VS Non-Qualified, and Why it Matters

Even in a pre-pandemic economy, attracting and retaining top talent was a challenge across industry lines. A recent Glassdoor survey revealed that four in five employees would prefer new or additional benefits over a pay raise. More specifically, 89 percent of younger employees, those between 18 and 34, would prefer benefits to
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Five Steps to Find Your Next Financial Officer

Five Steps to Find Your Next Financial Officer

If you are actively seeking a motivated, team-oriented financial professional who is inspired by public service to serve as your next Chief Financial Officer, there’s a lot of work you need to do to create a pool of qualified applicants. Follow our five-step guide below to successfully add the right
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Map of Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)

  • Move map to NY and scroll to zoom in
  • Under Map Options select “Color QCR Qualified Tracts”