VIRTUAL CLE ANNOUNCEMENT: JCOPE CLE – 12/2 – “Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use”

Local Lobbying and the Lobbying Act: An Examination of Lobbying Laws on Land Use
The CLE will examine the application of the New York State Lobbying Act and local lobbying laws to land use with a particular focus on: what constitutes lobbying, what triggers reportable lobbying, and what factors should be considered when analyzing lobbying laws in the land use context.
Date: December 2, 2021
Where: Zoom – Program materials and login information will be
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City Takes First Steps in Exploration of Geothermal Utility Services

Geothermal heating and cooling are a very efficient and environmentally clean technology and energy that has been in use for decades but has gone underutilized by New York City. On April 21, 2021, Mayor de Blasio announced the first steps that will be taken to advance New York City’s transition to district geothermal systems. These geothermal systems will help replace fuel oil and natural gas, fundamentally changing how New York City heats and cools its … <Read More>