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October 1, 2019

On June 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Statewide Housing Security and Tenant Protection Act of 2019” (“Act”). The Act dramatically changes existing landlord-tenant laws and extends and expands tenant rights and protections throughout the State of New York. The list below highlights some of the major changes to come from the Act. On October 12, 2019 the entirety of the Act will be in effect.

A sampling of the changes and additions to the law under this Act include, but are not limited to:

  • Prohibition of a landlord’s refusal to rent to a prospective tenant for their past or pending involvement in eviction proceedings.

  • Prohibition of a landlord f...

September 26, 2019

Large, high profile data breaches involving consumer information have been part of the news cycle for a decade and more.  Everything from the world’s largest companies to government agencies and local businesses have been victims of hacks, employee misconduct, and accidental disclosures.  Legislatures are responding.  The SHIELD Act is New York’s latest response.

In 2005, New York passed the Information Security Breach and Notification Act.  The SHIELD Act amends the 2005 law, modernizing and expanding upon it.  The SHIELD Act takes effect in two parts.  The first part, concerning data breach notification, takes effect October 23, 2019, and the second part, concerning data security,...

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