At Long Last, a Stimulus Package.

Monday night, Congress provided additional assistance to small businesses with a $900 billion COVID stimulus package called the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Of the $900 billion, $284 billion has been allocated to support the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The new bill will also expand the eligibility for the PPP to include 501(c)(6) not-for-profits […]

Probate of a Will in New York State

            You have been named Executor under your family member’s Last Will and Testament.  Now what?  In order for you to have any legal authority to act as the Executor, you will need to obtain official authority from a Court appointing you Executor for the Estate of the decedent.  This authority is obtained by filing […]

COVID-19 Vaccine Rolling Out Across the US

After the FDA issued emergency authorization, the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed across the United States, with front line healthcare workers among the first to receive the vaccine. In light of this development, please review our earlier post about whether employers can legally mandate vaccination of their employees.

Microcluster Update: Yellow Zone Expanded, Orange Zone Added in Central New York

Today, November 23, 2020, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced parts of Onondaga County were subject to the orange-zone limitations due to an upward trending COVID-19 infection rate. This is an increase from the prior yellow-zone limitations issued earlier this month. After Governor Cuomo expanded the yellow-zone within Onondaga County, he stated that the areas […]

The Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA)

CRRA Summary On September 22, 2014, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed bill A06558/S06617-B, the Community Risk and Resiliency Act (CRRA). The purpose of the bill is to ensure that certain state monies, facility-siting regulations and permits include consideration of the effects of climate risk and extreme-weather events. The Five Major Provisions Of The CRRA Official Sea-Level […]


With the anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine in the near future, employers should be contemplating how the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine will impact the workplace. Specifically, when the vaccine is released, can employers require employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19? Generally speaking, the answer is yes, employers can mandate vaccination programs. However, these mandates […]

Mass Timber Construction

Most large structures comprise steel and concrete, which have been the materials of choice for large building construction for well over a century.  A few builders, however, are trying to set a new trend: creating large structures made primarily out of structural wood.  This trend has become known as known as “mass timber” construction. Mass […]

FEMA Updates Guidance for COVID-19 Related Disaster Relief

On September 1, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released interim policy, Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Work Eligible for Public Assistance 104-009-19 (Interim Policy), relating to emergency work performed on or after September 15, 2020. The Interim Policy supplants FEMA’s March 19, 2020, Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet and makes many changes to FEMA’s […]

That Chill in the Air Must Mean…it’s Back to School Time!

In a normal year, parents everywhere would be singing “It’s the most wonnnnderful time of the year” as they prepare to send their children back to school.  It’s the understatement of the century to say that this is decidedly not a normal year.  Teachers, staff, and school administrators have been diligently preparing to welcome our […]