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Fiscal Year 2020 NY State Budget – Real Estate Highlights

April 14, 2019
On March 31, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the State Legislature passed the $175 billion FY 2020 budget (the "Budget") for the state of New York. Real estate related highlights from the budget include: Permanent 2% Property Tax Cap: The inclusion of the permanent 2% property tax cap in the FY 2020 Budget will Read More »


March 05, 2019
Bousquet Holstein’s real estate and litigation attorneys represent property owners in challenges to municipal assessments of real property, which is known as tax certiorari. If you or your business own real property that the municipality has assessed too high, is assessing unequally to other properties, or is entitled to an exemption that the municipality incorrectly Read More »

FAA Releases New Rules Governing Commercial Use of UAS/UAVs (Drones)

July 25, 2016
On June 21, 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") released its highly anticipated new rules set to serve as the foundation for governing commercial use of small, Unmanned Aircraft Systems ("UAS") and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAVs") in the United States.  These new rules, more specifically, Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations, provide a clear Read More »

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones): New York State’s New Major Capital Investment

May 11, 2016
The drone industry has proliferated recently and is expected to see continued exponential growth in the next several years.  Experts estimate that close to 1 million drone units, also known as small, unmanned aerial vehicles (or UAVs for short), were purchased during the 2015 holiday season alone.  This expansion has led to creative, expanded use of Read More »

NYS Transforms “STAR” Property Tax Exemption into Income Tax Credit

April 26, 2016
Governor Cuomo signed legislation on April 13, 2016 enacting two significant changes to the NY School Tax Relief ("STAR") exemption program.  The STAR program provides homeowners a reduction in real property school taxes.  Historically, the STAR exemption was shown on and immediately reduced homeowners’ school tax bills. The first change transforms the STAR exemption into a Read More »

New York State Enacts 12-Week Paid Family Leave Law

April 20, 2016
Governor Cuomo signed legislation on April 4, 2016, enacting a 12-week paid family leave law for employees in New York (the "Paid Family Leave Law").  The Paid Family Leave Law will phase in over four years beginning in 2018 and will require employers to allow eligible employees up to 12 weeks of paid time off Read More »