Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decisions Cause Municipalities to Hit the Brakes on Third Party Events on Municipal Property? by Michael G. Crotty, Esquire

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has written the ending chapter of a bike race accident case stretching back to May of 2015. The finale is a lesson in caution. Municipalities cannot rely on releases alone in hosting, allowing or condoning third party events on municipal property (including roads). In Degliomini v. City of Philadelphia, a cyclist…

Michael G. Crotty, Esquire featured in recent PA Township News article on Personal Liability

Michael G. Crotty, Esquire recently contributed to the feature article, What You Need to Know About Personal Liability, Township Officials Can Combat Lawsuits with Knowledge, Best Practices, and Insurance, which was published in the August 2020 issue of the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors‘ PA Township News. “There is such a range of claims that…

Taking a Bite Out of Blight . . . with Act 61 of 2020 By Brigitte M. Meyer, J.D., Law Clerk & Michael G. Crotty, Esquire

Townships, boroughs and cities now have another tool in the fight against blight and for economic redevelopment. Act 61 of 2020, The Tax Exemption and Mixed-Use Incentive Program Act, was enacted on July 14, 2020, lowering barriers for localized economic development initiatives. Generally, it allows local taxing authorities to designate “deteriorated areas” within their communities,…

MUNICIPAL LAW ALERT – SB 841 Emergency Measures to Help Local Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency by Michael G. Crotty and Thomas J. Grant

Gov. Tom Wolf now has legislation on his desk that contains emergency measures to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and includes a provision addressing a popular state education tax credit program. The bill was unanimously approved by both the state Senate and House, and has been presented to the Governor…