JURIST – Judge upholds New York state gun law

 

[JURIST] A trial judge for the Supreme Court of New York [official profile] dismissed [text] a lawsuit on Thursday challenging the state’s strict gun laws. The plaintiffs, a group of gun rights activists, argued [lohud news report] that the New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (SAFE Act) [text] infringes upon rights granted by the state constitution[text]. Judge Thomas McNamara held that the plaintiffs failed to show any right being infringed upon by the act.

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Open Book New York

DiNapoli: Financial Records of 500 Public Authorities Now on www.openbooknewyork.com

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Thursday announced that financial information for more than 500 state and local public authorities is now available at Open Book New York,http://www.openbooknewyork.com/, a transparency website launched by DiNapoli in 2008. The database, going back to 2007, can be downloaded in an Excel, tsv or csv format.

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NYSBA | Mandatory Reporting Campaign

Office of the President

David Schraver

Since 2004, the New York State Bar Association has strongly opposed any requirement that New York lawyers report their voluntary pro bono service or contributions to public authorities.  We firmly believe that requiring such reporting dilutes the voluntary nature of lawyers’ pro bono service.  Lawyers should provide pro bono service because they recognize the critical importance of access to justice and lawyers’ unique ability to assist – not because they feel pressured into doing so.

I encourage you to write to the Chief Judge, the Chief Administrative Judge, and the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions to express opposition to this requirement.  We have set up a webpage with contact information, a sample letter, and a link to send an e-mail message directly to the Chief Judge to express your opposition.  Go to www.nysba.org/probonoreporting.

Sincerely,

David M. Schraver, President

Joint Landowners file suit to end fracking delay | WBNG-TV:Binghamton, New York

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Joint Landowners Coalition of New York filed a lawsuit in an effort to force a decision on allowing natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing.

The Article 78 Petition asks the State Supreme Court to compel the Department of Environmental Conservation to finalize the Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement or SGEIS.

Joint Coalition et.al vs. Cuomo et.al-Petition

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JURIST – Paper Chase: NYC police unions continue to pursue stop and frisk appeal

[JURIST] On Friday, a group of police unions filed a motion to block Mayor Bill de Blasio’s[official website] proposed settlement and removal of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s[BBC profile] appeal of the stop and frisk policy. The motion was filed [AP report] in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] in response to de Blasio’s recent decision to drop the city’s appeal. Police Commissioner William Bratton supported [AP report] de Blasio’s decision to drop the appeal.

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Google Maps For iOS Now Shows You The Fastest Route Home | Ubergizmo

 Google Maps for iOS has received a new update today which will alert users when a faster route to their ultimate destination becomes available. This feature is only available in markets where navigation is supported.
 
 

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Instructions for voluntary dissolution of a New York corporation (TR-125)

A New York State business corporation may voluntarily dissolve. By doing so, the corporation ends its obligation to pay future taxes and fees to New York State. The dissolution process involves both the Tax Department and the New York Department of State.

Background

New York business corporations must pay franchise and other taxes to New York State. The corporation pays the taxes in exchange for the privilege of exercising its corporate franchise, doing business, employing capital, owning or leasing property, or maintaining an office in the state.

When a New York business corporation decides it will no longer conduct business in New York, it will want to be sure that it ends its obligation to pay state taxes and fees. The process of voluntary dissolution:

  • brings the existence of the corporation to an end; and
  • ends the corporation’s obligation to pay future state taxes and fees to New York State.

Stop and Frisk Watch App | New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

“Stop and Frisk Watch” is a free and innovative smart phone application that empowers New Yorkers to monitor police activity and hold the NYPD accountable for unlawful stop-and-frisk encounters and other police misconduct.

The app is available in English on both Android andiPhone devices and Spanish in the Android version, thanks to a translation by Make the Road New York. Stop and Frisk Watch allows bystanders to fully document stop-and-frisk encounters and alert community members when a street stop is in progress.

New York –THE COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE PUBLIC CORRUPTION–PRELIMINARY REPORT DECEMBER 2, 2013

State police issue ‘field guide’ for NY’s gun law | Press & Sun-Bulletin | pressconnects.com

State Police has issued a field guide for its troopers and other law enforcement on how to handle New York’s controversial gun-control law.
The 20-page guide, quietly issued last month and obtained by Gannett’s Albany Bureau, notes that police officers have been concerned about enforcing the SAFE Act, which was championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and passed by the Legislature last January.
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Darcy Wells, a spokesman from State Police, said field guides are often issued to assist police with new laws.
“We issue field guides on a routine basis, and in this case, because this is a new law, we had our counsel’s office put together a guide not only for our members but others in law enforcement,” Wells said in an email.
Get a copy of the Guide to the New York SAFE Act for Members of the New York State Police, by clicking below:
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