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Does the Infant Car Seat Face Forwards or Backwards? Are you a new parent? Or are you like me, a new grandparent? You surely want to take your precious cargo out and about. Let’s talk about the requirements when it comes to infants/young children in cars. A review of a single portion of the New…

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Employment Changes to Expect in 2018 In New York State we have three employment changes to prepare for in 2018 that both employees and employers should be aware of: 1) minimum wage increases starting December 31, 2017; 2) paid family leave going into effect on January 1, 2018; and 3) an anti-bullying in the workplace…

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Senior Citizens Property Tax Exemption Are you 65 or older, own your home and earn less than $29,000 per year? Then you may qualify for a partial exemption in your New York State property taxes. To qualify for the Senior Citizens’ Exemption, all co-owners of the property must be 65 years or older. However, if…

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Is Political Corruption Even Illegal Anymore? Recent overturned convictions of Dean Skelos and Sheldon Silver leave many New Yorkers frustrated and wondering if its public servants will ever be held accountable for using their offices for personal gain. Dean Skelos, former New York State Senate Majority Leader, was convicted in 2015 on Federal corruption charges…

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Exemptions to Minimum Wage and Overtime Law for Farms  Did you know that agricultural labor is not required to be paid overtime and, in some cases, not even minimum wage? That’s right.  The exemptions fall under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which New York’s Labor Law follows (see 12 NYCRR 142-2.2).  Sections 213(a)(6) and…

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When Foreclosure Comes Knocking, Answer It!   The foreclosure crisis is behind us, right? Nope. Foreclosures are not in the news much anymore, but many Hudson Valley homeowners are still facing the loss of their homes through foreclosure.  While the most recent report of the Chief Administrator of New York Courts (2016) shows that the number…

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HOUSING IS INFRASTRUCTURE  Recently I attended two great events sponsored by two great organizations, each doing a remarkable job at making the Hudson Valley a better place to live.  First was an afternoon event sponsored by the Orange County Partnership discussing and providing an update on their efforts to attract new businesses and retain and…

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You Just Had A Motor Vehicle Accident!   First off, we are sorry to hear it. What follows is some information that will help. Maybe you were the driver.  Maybe you were a passenger in a multi-vehicle collision.  Maybe you were a pedestrian knocked down by a moving vehicle. Maybe, maybe . . . there…

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Adapting To Climate Change Sabin Center for Climate Change The events of the last couple of weeks provide a clear demonstration of the very real effects of climate change.  While there still may be a small minority of people who dispute whether climate change is caused, or at least exacerbated by human activity, even the…

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Is The Horse Responsible? Here at Jacobowitz and Gubits we consider ourselves a firm that offers services in  many and varied fields of the law. A look at our home page will reveal the different areas in which we practice. This article is a cross between two: personal injury and equine law. Put simply, what…

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