News / 10.13.20 /Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP
Eric Blaha, Jeffrey Buss, Kenneth Jacobs & Thomas Smith have each been selected to the 2020 New York Metro Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. In addition, Associate, Charles Welcome has been …
News / 10.06.20 /Nancy Durand
Register HERE to join Nancy Durand, Special Counsel on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12pm as she presents in the webinar sponsored by New York Council of Nonprofits Inc. “Join NYCON corporate ally, Smith Buss & Jacobs as they guide us through the best practices to avoid fiduciary duty liability. In this webinar they will …
News / 10.06.20 /Nancy Durand
Being a board member of a nonprofit entity is an awesome responsibility undertaken by volunteers (often with other full-time commitments) who are driven by a desire to contribute meaningfully to their community, industry, or society at large. Whether you serve on the board of a nonprofit corporation, foundation, or housing entity, you are a fiduciary …
Kenneth R. Jacobs, Domenick J. Tammaro, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante led a Cooperator Town Hall Event on October 6, 2020. Overview Countless co-op and condo communities postponed their annual meetings this past spring thanks to the pandemic. Not only do those meetings still need to be held, but arrears are higher, sales are slower, and it looks …
News / 08.14.20 /Nancy Durand
On August 20th, Special Counsel, Nancy Durand gave a webinar “How to Effectively Conduct an Internal Investigation” where she will discuss strategies for investigating workplace misconduct and other allegations. This webinar was hosted by The Knowledge Group. For more information contact: Nancy Durand firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Jacobs & Eric Blaha were panelists on the webinar hosted by Hudson Valley CAI “HOAs-Discontinue Online Meetings and Voting?” held August 13th. Review the presentation materials here or watch the webinar recording here: Hudson Valley CAI “HOAs – Discontinue Online Meetings and Voting?” For more information contact: Eric Blaha at email@example.com or Ken Jacobs …
Kenneth R. Jacobs, Domenick J. Tammaro, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante led a Cooperator Town Hall Event on July 16, 2020. Overview Countless co-op and condo communities postponed their annual meetings this past spring thanks to the pandemic. Not only do those meetings still need to be held, but arrears are higher, sales are slower, and it looks …
News / 06.30.20 /Jacob E. Amir
Overview Article 3A of the New York Lien Law sets up a system of trusts to make sure that construction moneys received by owners and contractors are applied to pay for the cost of the improvement. It also provides a mechanism for owners and subcontractors to claim diversion of funds against contractors who fail to …
Tom Smith joins Habitat LIVE to discuss the protocol developed by Smith Buss Jacobs to run annual meetings and board elections in the current era of social distancing.
News / 04.03.20 /Jeffrey D. Buss
Co-Op City, New York’s largest affordable housing complex, will stay affordable for another 30 years pursuant to a March 31st, 2020 loan agreement between Co-op City and the City of New York. The Agreement provides One Million Dollars ($1,000,000), at zero percent interest, with the principal forgiven, conditioned upon the Cooperative’s agreement to remain in …
News / 03.23.20 /Jacob E. Amir
Empire State Development Corporation Issues Guidance On What Businesses Provide an “Essential Function” Under Executive Order 202.6, as Revised Executive Order No. 202.6 directed that all businesses and non-profit entities are required to reduce their in-person workforce by 75%, and Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on PAUSE” Executive Order (the “PAUSE Order” will increase that …
News / 03.20.20 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
Governor Cuomo Extends Lockdown on “Non-Essential” Businesses to 100% of Employees Governor Cuomo announced today that New York State would take a “pause,” requiring that 100% of employees of “non-essential businesses” cannot go to their place of employment. The “pause” included specific guidelines affecting persons over 70 and vulnerable persons under 70. We are awaiting …
News / 03.20.20 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Order Imposing 90-day Moratorium on Mortgage Payments and Mortgage Foreclosures Governor Cuomo announced at a press conference this afternoon that he plans to order a 90-day moratorium on all mortgage payments and mortgage foreclosures. Mortgage payments will be suspended for three months based on financial hardship, and mortgage foreclosures will be …
News / 03.17.20 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
Practical advice for co-op and condo board directors about how to conduct themselves and their buildings due to the health crisis.
Jacob Amir and Nancy Durand discuss the firm and their work in Westchester County with the Business Council of Westchester.
News / 01.14.20 /Jacob E. Amir
Jacob Amir won a decision after trial declaring his clients’ shareholder interests in a private corporation, voiding a 2015 deed determined to be fraudulent, and restoring ownership of a nearly eight acre residential property to the corporation. The trial in Westchester involved over 100 exhibits, recreating over 30 years of factual history and followed extensive …
News / 01.08.20 /Nancy Durand
Nancy Durand won an appeal on behalf of a local municipality in a proceeding pursuant to General Municipal Law § 50-e(5), for leave to serve a late notice of claim. The City appealed from an order of the Supreme Court, Westchester County, which granted a motion to renew a petition for leave to serve a …
News / 10.06.19 /Jacob E. Amir
Jacob Amir, a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Youth, Law and Citizenship, participated in the committee’s conference on October 3 and 4, 2019 on how school districts can better address student and faculty mental health and substance abuse issues.
News / 08.02.19 /Jack Malley
Jack Malley won a preliminary injunction enjoining a Manhattan co-op from evicting his client from the apartment that he, his wife and their kids have lived in since 1994. The case concerns a provision in many New York City proprietary leases that controls the transfer of co-op apartments from an estate of a deceased shareholder …
Tom Smith and Jacob Amir won summary judgment on behalf of a large marina owner in Westchester, obtaining dismissal of claims brought by a commercial tenant seeking money damages and the enforceability of a 99-year ground lease. After extensive discovery, our firm moved to dismiss the complaint because the commercial tenant’s claims, if accepted, would …
News / 06.01.19 /Jacob E. Amir
In the Spring 2019, Jacob Amir was invited to once again teach a seminar course in the Paralegal Studies program, hosted by Pace Law School, on civil procedure in the New York courts. Jacob has taught this course for the last several years, and has also lectured on corporations and essential legal skills in the program.
News / 03.06.19 /Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante
Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante will be participating in an educational presentation on Delinquency & Foreclosure.
News / 11.27.18 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
News / 10.22.18 /Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante
New York City has recently passed regulations requiring all boards of co-ops and condos to pass a policy with respect to smoking and to notify all their residents of that policy and post it in the building.
This should motivate all boards to begin thinking about what they want and what their residents want with respect to smoking and the quality of life in a building. Many boards have passed policies prohibiting smoking within apartments. Those are enforceable only through proprietary-lease amendments, and to amend those requires a shareholder vote.
Partners Ken Jacobs, Domenick Tammaro & Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante are teaming up to discuss the unique challenges of co-op and condo governance.
Community Conflicts and Capital Plans – Two Top Issues Boards Must Face
News / 07.31.18 /Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante
Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante, Esq. will be presenting at the 2018 Demystifying Housing Conference along with other members of the HDFC Coalition.
News / 05.23.18 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
Join Ken Jacobs & the CAI on March 28th for a Session in Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives & Condominiums
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News / 02.20.18 /Kenneth R. Jacobs
Dealing with a casualty: What do your bylaws require?