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12.3.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Agencies Will Add Small Biz Liaisons

Governor Kathy Hochul recently signed legislation that will create “small business liaisons” at five key state agencies.   The position will be created within the Departments of:  Agriculture and Markets  Environmental Conservation  Labor  Transportation  Taxation and Finance  The liaisons, who must be existing agency employees, are tasked with:  Serving as a direct point of contact for small businesses  Providing

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9.7.21 Advocacy Alert: Hochul Triggers HERO Act – Employer Checklist

What Happened?  Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul designated COVID-19 as a “highly contagious communicable disease,” citing rising case numbers and concerns about the delta variant. This declaration is significant because it triggers the NY HERO Act.  In June, former Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the NY HERO Act, which mandated infectious disease prevention protocols for all employers in

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9.2.21 Advocacy Alert: NYS Extends Eviction Moratorium

Last night, the New York State Legislature convened for a special session to extend the state’s eviction moratorium.   The moratorium, which prevents the eviction of tenants declaring financial hardship, will remain in place though January 15.   The move represents Gov. Kathy Hochul’s first legislative action. The bill passed 38-19 in the Senate and 80-60 in the

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