Law new is a term that refers to the practice of offering a variety of legal services to clients, often with a focus on specific client needs. It can be a very effective way to create revenue and client satisfaction for many law firms. However, in order to take advantage of this practice, it is important to understand what it entails.
New York State’s Law Revision Commission is the oldest continuous agency in the common-law world devoted to law reform through legislation, and has been in operation since 1934. The Commission’s purpose is to examine the common law and statutes of the State and current judicial decisions for the purpose of discovering defects and anachronisms in the law and recommending needed reforms. It receives and considers suggestions from judges, justices, public officials, lawyers and the public generally as to defects and anachronisms in the State’s law and recommends such changes as it deems necessary to make the law more compatible with modern conditions.
The Commission’s jurisdiction is broad, including all laws affecting the rights of individuals, businesses and public entities, both private and public. It is empowered to investigate and resolve matters of fact, to make recommendations to the Legislature as to proposed law revisions, to make recommendations to governing bodies and agencies on legislation, to promulgate rules, to publish information, and to conduct hearings, research, surveys and other proceedings.
In preparing its reports, the Commission consults with the American Law Institute, the commissioners for the promotion of uniformity of legislation in the United States, the bar associations and other learned bodies, as well as the public at large. It also undertakes studies under its own authority, in response to requests from the Governor or other officers of State government, or as the result of its examination of existing statutes and judicial decisions.
As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen the City’s legal system, the Department has introduced several bills that have been referred to it by the Mayor and/or Council. These bills address a number of issues that the Department has been concerned with and have received substantial public comment about.
This bill aims to ensure that the City’s zoning laws are clear and that a property owner is aware of the restrictions on the use of property. It is intended to promote greater transparency in the zoning process and make it easier for residents, developers and business owners to determine whether or not an oversized lot, for example, violates a land use regulation.
It also requires the Department to establish a zoning database and make it available for public review, so that members of the public may obtain information about land use regulations in their neighborhood. The zoning database will provide an easy-to-use resource for residents to check on their zoning rights and for developers to determine if a new development would be allowed under the City’s zoning rules.
The bill also expands the number of vending permits, now referred to as supervisory licenses, that can be issued to street vendors each year beginning in 2022 and continuing until 2032. These permits require at least one supervisory licensee to be present at a vending cart at all times.