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New York State Department of Labor Publishes Revised Proposed Regulations Governing Use of Payroll Debit Cards

On October 28, 2015, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) published revised proposed regulations modifying its draft regulations (which were initially published on May 27, 2015) governing permissible methods of wage payment, including the use of payroll debit cards (also referred to as paycards). While the focus of the revised proposed regulations is on an employer’s use of payroll debit cards, they also codify guidance provided by the NYSDOL in the agency’s opinion letter pertaining to paychecks. The revised proposed...

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New York City Issues Fair Chance Act Notice Form for Criminal Background Checks

As we previously reported in July and June, New York City recently passed the Fair Chance Act (FCA), which becomes effective onTuesday, October 27, 2015, and is applicable to criminal background checks. Among other requirements, the FCA prohibits employers from inquiring about or making statements concerning criminal history, prior to a conditional offer of employment, including the following: asking an applicant* questions about his or her criminal record; searching public records on an applicant’s* criminal record; having an applicant* complete background check disclosure and authorization forms;...

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Governor Cuomo Announces $1 Million in Grant Funding To Support Entry Into New York Agribusiness

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $1 million in funding is available to assist new farmers begin their careers. Now in its second year, the New York State New Farmers Grant Fund will build upon a successful 2015 when more than $610,000 was awarded to 19 farms across the state in order to support the continued growth of New York’s agricultural industry. “Farming remains an important industry in New York and an essential part of this state’s economy,” Governor Cuomo said. “By...

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Governor Cuomo Announces Approval of Over $39 Million to Fund 34 Projects That Will Create Over 200 Jobs and Retain More Than 1500

Businesses, Hospitals and Universities to Receive State Funding That Will Leverage Over $330 Million in Investment Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $39.2 million in economic development funding has been approved for 34 projects that are spurring growth and opportunity across the state. The funding, approved by Empire State Development’s Board of Directors, supports projects that are creating 233 new jobs and retaining 1,589 existing New York State jobs – many of which have already been created or retained....

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Governor Cuomo Announces $7 Million For Improvements to Airport Infrastructure

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $7 million in funding is available for airport improvement projects across New York State. These grants, coming from the Governor’s Aviation Capital Grants Program, will go toward supporting airport infrastructure and economic development projects across the state. “For many, our airports are the gateways to New York and a significant part of economic growth and job creation,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help ensure that our airports remain more accessible and convenient for...

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Empire State Development Announces Federal Grant Awarded To Global NY to Promote New York State Exports and Support Small Businesses

U.S. Small Business Administration Doubles New York’s Award In Round 4 Of STEP Program Empire State Development (ESD) today announced that Global NY, the agency’s international initiative, has been awarded a $663,893 State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Program grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to support the growth of New York exports to foreign markets around the globe. When combined with state matching funds, the STEP Program will invest more than $885,000 in small businesses statewide through...

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Trepp Credit Story: 100% Loss for Times Square Loan

According to September remittance data, the $25.7 million 1604 Broadway note was written off in full this month. The loan made up 0.86% of GECMC 2007-C1, which has now taken 8% in cumulative bond loss. The loan was backed by a 29,875 square-foot retail property located in the theater district of Times Square. The note was initially transferred to special servicing in November 2009 after losing its top tenant, Spotlight Times Square, to bankruptcy. The loan defaulted a month later and failed to refinance when it...

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Governor Cuomo Announces $388 Million In Funding For Critical Coastal Resiliency And Sewer Expansion Project In Suffolk County

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $388 million in State and federal funding to expand sanitary sewer service to 8,075 parcels of land in Suffolk County which currently utilize on-site septic systems. This project, which has been approved the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, represents the first step in instituting extensive measures to mitigate flooding and septic system failure in Suffolk County caused by Superstorm Sandy. “Long Islanders have seen first-hand and up-close the damage that Mother...

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Governor Cuomo on Rebuilding the Upstate Economy

For many years, Upstate New York was treated like a second class citizen, forced to watch Downstate thrive as the Upstate economy dwindled. Upstate was literally losing population and jobs – and maybe most importantly, it was losing hope. Much of this was a function of the changing economy, which shifted manufacturing to overseas. Also, some people left Upstate New York for warmer climates in what has become a more mobile society. But it is just as true that the...

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Governor Cuomo Announces $17.2 Million to Bolster Biomedical Research in New York State

Governor Cuomo announced $17.2 million in state awards to 26 academic medical institutions for the training of new clinical researchers working on cutting-edge biomedical research. These awards, administered over a two year period through the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program, are vital to helping New York both attract new researchers and solidify itself as a national biomedical research hub. "Some of the world's most exciting and groundbreaking medical discoveries have been made possible by research done in New York medical...

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