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Understanding Facial Recognition in Your Own Backyard

Understanding Facial Recognition in Your Own Backyard

If you’re not familiar with facial recognition (FTR), it’s time to learn the basics. The reality is, it’s already playing a part in your life whether you know it or not. FTR is a type of biometric technology that mimics how people identify or verify others by examining faces. Recent
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Change Ahead for Governmental Lease Accounting

Change Ahead for Governmental Lease Accounting

Did you know that, in a matter of months, your leases will be accounted for differently due to the new lease accounting standard? While previously only capital leases were capitalized, effective for fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2021, all leases will be capitalized. That translates to January 1, 2022
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Why NY Lawmakers are Pushing for Local Changes After Surfside Collapse

Why NY Lawmakers are Pushing for Local Changes After Surfside Collapse

In the days and weeks following the sudden Surfside condo collapse, the nation watched in horror as the unimaginable loss of life unfolded. According to a 2021 Statista Research Department data report, approximately 24 percent of New Yorkers live in apartment complexes. For many residents around the state, it raised
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How to Create a Multi-Year Plan

How to Create a Multi-Year Plan

Throughout the past several months, RBT dedicated our time to ensuring that non-entitlement units (NEUs) throughout the state were fully aware and prepared to receive Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Funds provided by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) through weekly shows, you can review here. The July 9th application
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What You Need to Know About GASB 84

What You Need to Know About GASB 84

Ninety-nine percent of counties, cities, towns, villages, and fire districts in New York State use OSC’s electronic filing software for preparing and filing their Annual Update Document (AUD). However, recently OSC updated the AUD filing software, moving from version 5.95 to 5.96, to assist with the implementation of GASB 84.
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Marijuana Legalization Creates a Haze of Confusion for Local Governments

Marijuana Legalization Creates a Haze of Confusion for Local Governments

A recent bill legalizing recreational marijuana makes New York the 16th state to do so, and while advocates are praising the move, some are lost in a cloud of confusion. The bill makes it legal to possess small amounts of marijuana, launches programs to help communities that bore the brunt
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Police Reform: Did Your Community Miss the Executive Order 203 Deadline

Police Reform: Did Your Community Miss the Executive Order 203 Deadline?

On August 17, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 203 – the ‘New York State Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative’ which mandates that police departments in every municipality in the state come up with a list of reforms they plan to implement, or risk losing state and federal funding. In
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How to Revamp Your Infrastructure with ARPA Funds

How to Revamp Your Infrastructure with ARPA Funds

While the nation’s infrastructure earned a C- in the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card, (yes, you read that right) New York faces infrastructure challenges of its own. Luckily, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) promises $350 billion dollars in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to remedy the
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Map of Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)

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