New York’s 2021 State of the State Agenda

Last week, Governor Cuomo gave his 2021 version of the New York State of the State address. In his address, Governor Cuomo outlined his agenda for 2021, which includes not only New York’s plan to combat COVID-19, but also tackles other critical issues facing New York, including jump starting the economy. In this post, we […]

What’s Not in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

Over the last few weeks, we have written several posts concerning the massive Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”). The 5,593-page bill includes everything from a new stimulus package to aid Americans during the pandemic to environmental provisions to combat climate change. Although the CAA is extensive, there are some provisions that did not make the […]

Social Services Affected by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

We have made a number of other posts on this blog concerning the new Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”). The massive $2.3 trillion spending and stimulus bill goes far beyond sending out another stimulus check to Americans or establishing a new round of Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans to businesses. In this post we will […]

The COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020

Last Monday the New York State Legislature passed, and the Governor promptly signed, the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 (“EEFPA”) into law. EEFPA was designed to dramatically slow or stop any eviction proceeding in the State and to provide relief to homeowners affected by the pandemic. Background Since Executive Order 202.8 […]

Tax Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021

As we have outlined previously on this blog, the $2.3 trillion, 5,593-page Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”) is vast and far reaching. We have recently written about how the CAA affected the Employee Retention Tax Credit, but Congress added to the CAA other tax policies designed to provide economic relief. This post will outline some […]

Employee Retention Tax Credit Update in Latest Stimulus Package

We have previously written about some of the far-reaching implications of the latest colossal[1] federal spending package, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”). This post will provide an overview of changes made to the employer tax credits for employee retention, first established by the CARES Act, which was signed into law in March. The changes […]

Introduction to the Save Our Stages Act

We have covered many facets of the latest coronavirus relief package on this blog, but questions have been flowing in regarding grants and other funding opportunities that will be available. To begin to address this, we turn to our close friends and colleagues at Strategic Development Specialists, LLC. As experts in the grant writing field, […]

Environmental Provisions in Stimulus Bill

As we outlined in a December 22 post, Congress recently approved one of the largest economic stimulus measures ever to help the economy bounce back from the pandemic-induced recession. Despite its weirdly anodyne title, the 5,593-page Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (“CAA”), contains (among about 2.3 trillion other things) what some are calling the most significant […]

Lift Your Face to the Sky.

“If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?” So asked Percy Bysshe Shelley in the final stanza of his poem Ode to the West Wind.  Such a joyful thought from a poet not exactly known for optimism! Those of us in the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the winter solstice this week. It is the beginning of […]