Amended Notice of Adoption Updating the Energy Code–Division of Code Enforcement and Administration

On August 25, 2016, the Code Council adopted a rule amending the March 9, 2016  rule. The Amended Notice of Adoption of the amended rule updating the Energy Code was published in the September 21, 2016 edition of the State Register. The amended rule updating the Energy Code update incorporates the following documents by reference:

 

•2015 International Energy Conservation Code

•2013 ASHRAE 90.1

•2016 Supplement to the New York State Energy Conservation Construction Code (Revised August 2016 

 

 

The “Revised August 2016” version of the supplement was posted on the website on September 2, 2016, your copy of the supplement is not current if you downloaded it before that date. For more information and to download the current version of the Supplement “Revised August 2016” CLICK HERE 

(http://www.dos.ny.gov/dcea/CodeUpdate.html)

 

 

Effective Date

The amended rule updating the Energy Code becomes effective on October 3, 2016. There is no “transition period” for the Energy Code.

 

Public access to the ICC Codes;

The ICC 2015 codes adopted by New York State can be viewed at no cost at; http://codes.iccsafe.org/New%20York%20State.html#2015

University at Albany – SUNY – Professional Development & Parent Seminars

The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is pleased to announce 2016-17 professional development and parent seminars – The seminars are offered at no cost to participants living in NYS.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Evidence-Based Strategies for Teaching Social- Emotional Skills to Students with ASD

Students with ASD have persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across contexts; these deficits often include social-emotional reciprocity and non-verbal communication. This seminar will focus on foundational social skills, an overview of assessment/curriculum tools and it will highlight several instructional strategies to help support students with ASD.

 

Addressing the Core Deficits of Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Classroom: Supporting the Understanding and Development of Peer Relationships

As a core deficit in ASD, students have deficits in developing, maintaining, and understanding relationships, ranging, for example, from difficulties adjusting behavior to suit various social contexts; to difficulties in sharing imaginative play or in making friends; to absence of interest in peers. This session will discuss the importance of friendships, along with interventions that target the development of peer relationships.

 

Seminar flyer: http://www.albany.edu/autism/files/Fall_2016_PDPS_Flyer.pdf

 

Register online: http://www.albany.edu/pdps/form.php

Clean Fleets for Municipalities–NYS DEC

Webinar: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM

New York State is developing resources to help municipalities add zero emission vehicles(ZEVs) to their fleets and install more fueling stations for ZEVs. Such support is critical to meeting state greenhouse gas reduction goals; switching from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles in New York State could reduce emissions by as much as 75% per mile.

Attend this Climate Smart Communities webinar to learn about some of the ways that New York State is supporting municipalities’ efforts to increase ZEV adoption. Speakers will provide information on ZEV programs that are part of the 2016-2017 Environmental Protection Fund and on upcoming Drive Electric Week events, which start on September 10.

Please provide us with your name and community affiliation, either via email or telephone to the Office of Climate Change at climatechange@dec.ny.gov or 518-402-8448. In the event that we cancel or postpone this webinar, respondents will be notified.

To join the webinar on September 8th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e3db4fb674ade1dcba86597fe964e3d05
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click “Join“.
  5. Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to join the audio portion through your telephone.
  6. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697 and enter the Event Number: 640 971 652, followed by your attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the “Event Info” tab) to join the audio portion. The attendee ID is recommended but not required. It is also an option to join the audio portion via your computer speakers.

Two days before webinar, test the computer you plan to use by clicking on the following link: http://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html

For assistance with WebEx, go to https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/mc and click “Support” on the left navigation bar.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the meeting host prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Visitation Rights Ruling Expands Definition of ‘Parent’ in New York | New York Law Journal

In a ruling that expands the definition of “parenthood” in New York, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the nonmarried, ex-partner of a biological parent may seek custody or visitation rights of children they once agreed to conceive and raise as co-partners with their exes.

The 6-0 court, the state’s highest, said that given the legalization of same-sex marriages and other societal changes that have upset the notion of “parents” as being a married man and woman, it was time for it to abandon the precedent it has adhered to since its 1991 ruling in Matter of Alison D. v. Virginia M., 77 NY2d 651.

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The ruling in Matter of Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth A. C.C., 91, and Matter of Estrellita A. v. Jennifer D., 92, reversed denials by family courts in Chautauqua and Suffolk counties of visitation sought by the former same-sex partners of children’s biological mothers. The petitioners in neither case had married their partners or legally adopted the children.

Read complete analysis  by Joel Stashenko, New York Law Journal

Read complete decision at:

https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/Decisions/2016/Aug16/91-92opn16-Decision.pdf

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New Phishing Scheme Mimics Software Providers; Targets Tax Professionals

  Tax Pros Are Target of New Phishing Scam

Tax professionals: Be aware of a new phishing scam that uses email purporting to be from tax software providers to trick unwitting practitioners into downloading malware to their systems and revealing passwords and other sensitive information.

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NYSBA–Real Property Law Section Student Internship Program

The Real Property Law Section (RPLS) has partnered with law schools in New York State to create an RPLS Student Internship Program. The purpose of this clinical program is to give second and third year law students interested in transactional real estate (including environmental and sustainability issues) and real estate litigation a semester of work experience in a law firm or corporate law department. 

  

For a synopsis of the program goals and procedures click here. 

We are now actively soliciting firms to host law students who wish to participate in the internship program during the Fall 2016 semester. The host firm will have one or more law students working ten to fifteen hours per week assisting real estate practitioners in the firm. 

Student interns do not receive compensation from the host firm but, instead, receive course credit from their law schools. The host firms must not bill for the students’ work, as that would violate the law schools’ policy. The interns’ work product should be sufficient compensation to the host firm. 

  

Host firms are asked to assign at least one research and writing assignment to the intern during his/her semester of service, to critique the intern’s work product, and to interact with the law school’s internship program coordinator. 

  

Brooklyn Law School, St. John’s Law School, Hofstra Law School, New York Law School, Pace Law School, Touro Law School, Cardozo Law School and Albany Law School are participating this Fall.

Programs from previous years were extremely successful and we have had very positive feedback from our host firms, interns and participating law schools.

  

All firms that are interested in participating as a host firm this fall should complete and email the application form to David L. Berkey (dlb@gdblaw.com) as soon as possible.

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