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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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Plan Now Save Later How ARPA Planning Can Help Rescue Local Economies

Plan Now, Save Later: How ARPA Planning Can Help Rescue Local Economies

As you may recall, our previous Thought Leadership article addressed what local governments can expect from the American Rescue Plan Act which was signed into law in early March. Of the $1.9 trillion in relief funding, the ARPA will provide $350 billion dollars in emergency funding for state, local, territorial, and Tribal
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Should Your Team Make Vaccinations Mandatory

Have you considered making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory? If so, you’re not alone. Government workers have navigated uncertainty and unprecedented challenges since March 2020, even as most other sectors of the economy shut down completely or moved to remote employment. Just a week ago, public-facing government and other public employees, non-profit
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The pros of going paperless in the Pandemic

The Pros of Going Paperless in the Pandemic

As you read this, look around at your desk. Are you seeing stacks, piles, folders full of paper? It should come as no surprise that all this clutter – uh, work, is causing major challenges for local government departments that are desperately trying to streamline processes and better serve the
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Stand Out: Social Media Strategy Secrets

Stand Out: Social Media Strategy Secrets

Digital engagement has become a critical tool to help create the trust and transparency with which government entities have traditionally struggled. Hundreds of agencies across the country have embraced social media to encourage one-on-one and one-to-many engagement. If you’re not one of them, you’re missing out on valuable residential feedback,
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4 Cyber Security Safety Steps: Is Your Municipality at Risk?

4 Cyber Security Safety Steps: Is Your Municipality at Risk?

If you don’t have a cyber security plan in place, you can’t afford not to. Local municipalities are under a growing threat from cybercriminals. Now more than ever before, residents need reliable, real-time access to information from public officials. While there is never a convenient time for a cyber-attack to
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