Legal Issues Affecting Municipalities - Complimentary Webinar Series

June 1 - December 7, 2023

Bond recognizes that municipalities and other public sector entities must deal with unique legal issues not faced by those in the private sector. Based on our experience advising hundreds of public sector clients of all sizes across New York State, we are pleased to offer a webinar series focused exclusively on topics applicable only to the public sector. Join us on the first Thursday of each month for Bond’s Municipalities & Public Sector Law Webinar Series where we will focus on a unique area of the law.

Session Seven: Fair Housing

February 1, 2024  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

Further info to come.

This event is intended for the invited guests of Bond, Schoeneck & King. Bond reserves the right to deny admission to any registrant.

Past Sessions:

Session One: The Ins and Outs of Civil Service Law Sections 71 and 73

June 1, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

In the first of this series, we will provide an overview of Civil Law Sections 71 and 73, and will:

  • Compare and contrast employer and employee rights;
  • Review the current case law on establishing a procedure to implement Sections 71 and 73; and
  • Provide strategies to limit litigation.

Presented by Colin Leonard and Alyson Mathews

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Session Two: New York Freedom of Information Law 

July 6, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

The New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) is a tool being used with greater frequency by the public to request a wide variety of public records from municipalities of all sizes. Join Bond attorneys Kristin Warner and Kristen Smith as they cover the basics of FOIL, with a particular focus on the exceptions that municipalities should be aware of when deciding how to respond to a particular request. Attendees will learn about:

  • Timeframes for response
  • Grounds for denial
  • Statutory exceptions 
  • Appeals process
  • Recent cases

Presented by Kristin Warner

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Session Three: General Municipal Law §§ 207-a and 207-c

September 7, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

This program will provide a legal overview of General Municipal Law §§ 207-a and 207-c and review best practices that municipalities should follow when determining whether employees are eligible to receive (or continue to receive) the benefits.

Presented by Alyson Mathews and Colin Leonard 

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Session Four: Elections Law

October 5, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

As November approaches, please join Bond attorney Kristin Warner for a legal refresher on election basics. Attendees will learn about:

  • Notice Requirements
  • Voter Eligibility
  • Absentee/Military Ballot Requirements
  • Vote Canvassing

Presented by Kristin Warner

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Session Five: Public Finance Basics – Financing of Municipal Projects

November 2, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

The financing of municipal projects involves borrowing money in compliance with the New York State Constitution and the Local Finance Law. Join Bond attorneys Matthew Wells and Thomas Clifford as they discuss the basics of public finance for municipalities, including a discussion of the five distinct phases of public borrowing, including:

  • Planning
  • Authorization
  • Short-Term Financing (Bond Anticipation Note)
  • Long-Term Financing (Bonds)
  • Post-Issuance Compliance

Presented by Matthew Wells and Thomas Clifford

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Session Six: Land Use Issues Related to Cannabis

December 7, 2023  |  Noon - 1 p.m.  |  Zoom Webinar

This program will provide an update about land use issues related to the siting and operation of cannabis related businesses in New York State. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Local municipal considerations to opt in or opt out;
  • Permissible zoning regulation of cannabis related businesses; and
  • State and local enforcement against illegal/unlicensed cannabis-related businesses. 

Presented by Brody Smith

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