Governor Signs Bill Permitting Operation of Daily Fantasy Sports in NY
On August 3, 2016 Governor Cuomo signed a bill which will authorize daily fantasy sports to continue operation in New York State. In late 2015, New York State Attorney General Schneiderman suspended operations stating that, as constructed, sites operating daily fantasy sports were illegal falling under the definition of gambling. Additionally, the Attorney General brought claims against specific daily fantasy sport sites for false advertising and consumer fraud. Regardless of this bill being signed the false advertising and consumer fraud claims will continue.
Signing this bill will result in legalizing daily fantasy in New York, however before operation can continue rules and regulations must be set by the New York State Gaming Commission. There is no time table yet set on those regulations.
The New New York State Broadband Program
On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 Governor Cuomo announced the New NY Broadband Program's Round I awards. The awarded projects will provide Fiber to the Home and cable to unserved and underserved communities. Projects will provide service to over 30,000 homes Round I awards:
· Armstrong Telecommunications, Inc. - $3,930,189
· Armstrong Telephone Company - $1,778,256
· Citizens Telephone Company of Hammond, N.Y., Inc. - $3,316,810
· Empire Access - $3,396,374
· Frontier Communications - $3,339,543
· Germantown Telephone Company - $2,512,562
· Haefele TV Inc. - $271,568
· Hancock Telephone Company - $4,915,920
· Heart of the Catskills Communications - $1,224,946
· Margaretville Telephone Company - $4,791,505
· Mid-Hudson Data Corp - $1,009,339
· State Telephone Company, Inc. - $8,720,560
· TDS Telecom - $9,393,753
· The Middleburgh Telephone Company - $5,562,548
In addition to the Round I awards, the Governor announced the launch of Round II. Round II will address additional unserved and underserved homes and businesses, including a portion of the areas that Verizon would have served through the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund (CAF). Round II Request for Proposal Guidelines and application questions are now available on the New York State Broadband Program website:
New NY Broadband Program Phase II Request for Proposal Guidelines
Phase 2 Application Questions
Applications for Round II will be accepted from October 17th-November 30th.
State announces $3 million for electronic waste recycling
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week that $3 million is available from the Environmental Protection Fund in grants to assist municipalities in New York State with the cost of collecting and recycling electronic waste.
New York State consumers are required to recycle electronic waste, such as computers, keyboards, televisions, and small electronic equipment, in an environmentally responsible manner. These grants will help municipalities recycle electronic waste efficiently and sustainably.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will administer the grant program, which will provide up to 50 percent of eligible expenses of collecting and recycling e-waste between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.
Application materials and guidance documents are available on the DEC website. Grant applications will be accepted for funding from October 3 to October 31, 2016.
For more information please visit the DEC website here, http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8778.html.