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News / 07.16.21 /Kenneth R. Jacobs,Emanuela Lupu-FerranteandJennifer L. Stewart

Webinar: Legal Updates – New State, Local & Federal Legislation – What Boards Should Know

Register NOW for our June 29th, Cooperator Town Hall Event at 2:00pm EST. Led by Kenneth R. Jacobs, Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante, and Jennifer L. Stewart. Overview: The New York State legislature amended several important laws affecting co-ops and condos in the last two days of its session. Several new federal and local laws will also have …

News / 11.30.20 /Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP

Webcast: Trends and Developments in Trade Secrets: What Companies Must Know and Do

Charles Welcome joins a group of panelists on Thursday, December 10th at 3:00 pm to present an in-depth analysis of the recent trends and developments in trade secrets. Speakers will offer the best practices to effectively identify and mitigate potential loopholes and protect trade secrets from risks of theft. They will also provide the audience …

News / 10.13.20 /Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP

Smith Buss & Jacobs 2020 selections by Super Lawyers

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

Webinar: Best Practices to Avoid Breach of Fiduciary Duty Liability

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

Upcoming Board Governance Series: How to Build an Effective Board of Directors

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 …

News / 10.06.20 /Kenneth R. Jacobs,Emanuela Lupu-FerranteandDomenick J. Tammaro

Town Hall: Remote Control – Managing Meetings, Elections & Shareholder Anxiety during COVID

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

Webinar: How to Effectively Conduct an Internal Investigation

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

News / 08.13.20 /Eric P. BlahaandKenneth R. Jacobs

Webinar: Conducting Online Meetings – should the practice be continued?

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 or Ken Jacobs …

News / 07.16.20 /Kenneth R. Jacobs,Emanuela Lupu-FerranteandDomenick J. Tammaro

Webinar: Living in a COVID World – Confronting Real-Life Issues as Associations Reopen

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

Webinar: Addressing Lien Law 3A claims in and out of Bankruptcy Court

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 …

News / 05.14.20 /Eric P. BlahaandThomas W. Smith

Habitat LIVE: Zoom Annual Meetings

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

Smith Buss & Jacobs Closes Historic Financing in the midst of the Pandemic

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

Habitat LIVE: What should co-ops and condos do during the coronavirus pandemic?

Practical advice for co-op and condo board directors about how to conduct themselves and their buildings due to the health crisis.

News / 03.02.20 /Jacob E. AmirandNancy Durand

WVOX Interview with Jacob Amir & Nancy Durand

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

Firm News

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

Firm News

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

Firm News

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

Firm News

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 …

News / 06.13.19 /Thomas W. SmithandJacob E. Amir

Firm News

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

Speaking Engagement

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

CAI Long Island Chapter Meeting 3.28.19

Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante will be participating in an educational presentation on Delinquency & Foreclosure.

News / 10.22.18 /Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante

The Smoke Free Air Act

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.

News / 09.28.18 /Kenneth R. Jacobs,Emanuela Lupu-FerranteandDomenick J. Tammaro

The Cooperator Expo 10.11.18

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

Demystifying Housing 2018 Conference

Emanuela Lupu-Ferrante, Esq. will be presenting at the 2018 Demystifying Housing Conference along with other members of the HDFC Coalition.

News / 02.20.18 /Kenneth R. Jacobs

Ken Jacobs Presents a Lesson in Habitat U’s Latest Course

Dealing with a casualty: What do your bylaws require?