Quarterly Update Summer 2012

National Magazine Features Essay by Municipal Infrastructure Team Leader, Teno A. West, on “Alternative Financing Mechanisms” for Public Projects

The Water Utility Infrastructure Management (UIM) magazine’s June edition featured Municipal Infrastructure Team Leader Teno A. West’s comprehensive article regarding the design-build and design-build-operate structure as a viable and cost-effective means to construct public projects in tough economic times. Attorney West’s article explored alternative delivery methods for municipal projects through public-private partnerships and addressed the privatization of water and wastewater systems, which can provide both financial relief for municipalities and address needed system improvements. [read more]


Comprehensive Legal Analysis for New York’s Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board Leads to Improved Wastewater Collection and Treatment System

Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage BoardFor more than 30 years, the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board (BJCJSB) has served the sewage disposal needs of the City of Binghamton and several surrounding towns and villages in Broome County, New York. When it came time to conduct a thorough and comprehensive legal analysis of several historic inter-municipal agreements, BJCJSB turned to PLDO’s Municipal Infrastructure Team to assist it in gaining a clear understanding of its legal authority to establish and implement a flow management plan that would reduce the amount of groundwater and stormwater that enters its system. [read more]


New York State Legislative Update: “Best Value” Option for Purchasing Contracts Signed Into Law

New York State Legislative The PLDO Municipal Infrastructure Team takes great interest in following and participating in the legislative process in New York and other states it serves. Of special significance for the State of New York is Law Bill A-08692/S-6117, signed on January 27, 2012 by Governor Cuomo, which allows state and local governments to use “best value” methodology when purchasing a good or service. As a result, New York political subdivisions now have the option of procuring purchase contracts through either the traditional lowest responsible bidder method or based on best value procurement policies. [read more]


Proactive and Experienced PLDO Public Finance Attorneys Close Several Municipal Offerings

Scaffolds The proactive and substantive work by PLDO’s public finance attorneys on behalf of clients, including municipalities and government agency issuers, has resulted in several recently closed issues in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. The firm’s public finance team of highly experienced municipal infrastructure practitioners brings its decades of experience to provide expert legal assistance as Bond Counsel, Underwriter’s Counsel and Trustee’s Counsel. This experience, coupled with local presence throughout New England, New York and Florida, provides clients with the highest quality of public finance legal services that are responsive and cost-effective. [read more]


Solid Waste Management Contract Preparation and Negotiation by PLDO Attorneys Results in Long-Term Benefit for Residents in Rockland County, New York

Stairs Residents of the Villages of Spring Valley and Sloatsburg, New York are recent beneficiaries of the strong negotiation skills and years of experience in evaluating and executing contracts of PLDO Municipal Infrastructure attorneys. Their work has resulted in a cost-effective, five-year agreement between the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority (RCSWMA) and Miele Sanitation Company (Miele). [read more]


Municipal Infrastructure Team Deepens Footprint in the State of Florida through Client Representations and Sponsorship of the Region’s Design-Build Association

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Through the past work of PLDO Partner Teno West, Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara LLC has acquired a solid background in addressing Florida infrastructure issues. Attorney West has served as counsel for the Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority (FKAA) in the development of an advanced wastewater treatment plant and sanitary sewer system pursuant to a design-build delivery approach and has assisted the City of West Palm Beach with a variety of wastewater-related matters. [read more]


Municipal Infrastructure Leadership Share Knowledge on Delivering Cost-Efficiencies for Public Projects at ‘SmarterCape Summit 2’ in Massachusetts

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Municipal Infrastructure Team Leader and PLDO Principal Teno A. West and Senior Counsel Bruce H. Tobey were featured speakers at the SmarterCape Summit 2 held in May in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The Summit, an initiative of the SmarterCape Partnership, was established in 2011 to advance regional collaboration among Cape Cod municipalities in the areas of the environment, the economy, development, education, healthcare, transportation and government. [read more]


PLDO Municipal Infrastructure Team Tapped for Legal Services for Town of Ramapo and Nassau County Major Redevelopment Projects

Ball Park Municipalities across the country are seeking innovative and creative strategies and solutions to find new sources for economic drivers, job growth and community services in difficult economic environments. The Town of Ramapo and Nassau County in New York are examples of two locales whose leaders have sought out the legal services of the team of skilled PLDO Municipal Infrastructure attorneys to assist them in uncovering the highest value and most cost-effective means and methodologies for major redevelopment and infrastructures projects by way of alternate procurement delivery systems. [read more]