All boards have a natural tendency to protect the majority of their owners from the risky or distributing activities of a few whose behavior may not fit the expectations of the community. However, evolving interpretations of state and federal laws grant additional protections to many of these persons, especially older and disabled residents, as well [...]
Smith Buss & Jacobs attorney David Menken successfully argued on behalf of a newspaper reporter that a Subpoena to compel him to testify in a civil trial should be quashed because the reporter was protected by the New York's Shield Law. The judge ruled that the Subpoena failed to overcome the qualified reporter's privilege [...]
Kenneth Jacobs and Jennifer Stewart participate in Habitat Magazine video: You are a board director in a no-pet building. And you're happy about it. But an owner has come to you and said "I need an emotional support pet." Welcome to the world of reasonable accommodations. In this video you'll learn what you have [...]
David Menken lectured on Identity Theft, Social Engineering and Privacy Law to a group sponsored by the Westchester County Bar Association and the Financial Planning Association of the Greater Hudson Valley. David's presentation focused on the steps necessary for individuals and companies to minimize risks of identity theft by implementing "best practices" privacy and [...]
Cracks in a New Condo Unit Q I recently bought a condominium in a new building directly from the developer. In the year since my purchase, the apartment has developed leaks and cracks in the ceiling. Now cracks are appearing in the walls. What recourse, if any, do I have? A Kenneth Jacobs, a real estate lawyer [...]
The firm is pleased to announce that Jeffrey D. Buss and Thomas W. Smith, were selected as Super Lawyers for the Metro New York Area. Congratulations!
David Menken has joined Smith Buss & Jacobs, LLP, as "of counsel," effective January 1, 2013. David counsels clients in a variety of corporate law, intellectual property and information technology areas. David represents individuals and businesses in a full range of corporate and commercial matters. He negotiates business transactions, including corporate control agreements, mergers and acquisitions, and [...]
You no longer have the right to live in a no-dog building. People with allergies, people afraid of dogs, people who don’t like dog waste and urine on the sidewalk or loud barking, or even people who’d simply rather live without dogs – sorry, but your rights and preferences are meaningless. Anyone who wants a [...]
Governor Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg, HUD Secretary Donovan and Wells Fargo announce closing on $621.5 Million deal to renovate and preserve Co-Op City in the Bronx. State's largest Mitchell-Lama development, home to 55,000 residents, will remain affordable for 35 more years.
Co-op City, a 15,000-unit affordable housing community in the Bronx, has secured a massive refinancing which will allow it to continue to remain affordable for many years to come.