While the world focused on the panic and uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State quietly ushered in its 2020 budget. Hidden in the plans was a brutal change to the Community Medicaid application that is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2020. There will now be a 30-month (2 ½ year) look-back period for applicants seeking Community Medicaid benefits.
Actions Taken by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Under Executive Order 202
New York State on PAUSE
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The Empire State Development Corporation (the "ESDC") issued further guidance to inform businesses in New York State whether they are an “essential business” or if they are subject to the current workforce reduction mandate issued by Governor Cuomo.
By the ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order, Governor Cuomo directed that by Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 8:00 p.m., all businesses and not-for-profit entities in New York State shall reduce their in-person workforce at each individual business/work location within the state by 100%. For the purpose of this Executive Order, the ESDC provided the following additional guidance on what "Essential Business" means:
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As reported in several media outlets, in addition to bail reform there is also a new discovery process in the Criminal Procedure law as of January 1, 2020 which includes some “automatic” discovery provisions which basically means the prosecutor needs to hand over certain materials to the defense within a relatively short period of time. Many of the items needing to be provided previously had to be “demanded” by the defense and as a result there were longer time periods involved. The changes are more related to timing and method than content especially regarding witness information and related criminal history background information although there are some provisions that expand the scope of what may need to be provided.
On June 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Housing Stability and Protection Act of 2019 effectively codifying a new era in the State’s landlord-tenant regime. As the name suggests, the law puts into effect widespread regulation aimed at protecting and promoting tenants’ rights. If you are a landlord, this Act may have you wondering how these changes may affect your business dealings going forward. In short, many aspects of prior leases may need to be revisited, revised or scrapped altogether to ensure full compliance with the new regulatory landscape.