Signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in March, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act legalized recreational marijuana sales and use for adults 21 and older. Cities, towns and villages across the state can decide to opt out of allowing dispensaries by passing a local law by Dec. 31, though municipalities would then forego tax revenue generated from shops within their boundaries. A total 13% cannabis excise tax will apply when dispensary sales begin, likely next year. The tax breaks down into 1% for the county, 3% for the dispensary's municipality and 9% for the state. The town has decided to opt out and hold a referendum of its own volition on Election Day. Otherwise, dispensaries would be allowed to open once the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act's regulatory mechanisms are further developed and goes into effect. The town would have to abide by the law forevermore, or until the state decides to change the law. By opting out now, the town has time to consider zoning issues such as when and where dispensaries can be located. If our voters want the town to abide by the new state law, the town can later choose to opt back in and allow the dispensaries.
These funds are available to landlords who were unable to participate in the New York State “Emergency Rental Assistance Program.” The aim of the "Landlord Assistance Program" is to help landlords whose tenants have left their rental property, or who are unwilling to apply for the “Emergency Rental Assistance Program.” The “Landlord Assistance Program” provides up to 12 months of rental arrears. For the first 45 days of the program, priority is given to landlords who own 20 or fewer units. To read the full guidelines for the program and apply, click here. This assistance is first come, first served, so if you qualify I would encourage applying as quickly as possible. Every day, my office hears from small-property owners who are suffering due to the state’s eviction moratorium and stalled rent relief rollout. In many instances, those who have contacted me depend solely on rental income to pay their bills and put food on the table. I am hopeful this funding will help provide relief to these individuals and again, encourage rental property owners who did not qualify for the “Emergency Rental Assistance Program” to apply for this new funding opportunity as soon as possible.
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