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David B. Gubits of Jacobowitz and Gubits Receives Fifty-Year Service Award  Honored by Orange County Bar Association   The Orange County Bar Association held its 106th Annual Awards and Business Dinner Meeting on May 4, 2017, at Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, New York.  At this event, David B. Gubits, a partner…

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Updating SEQRA: DEC Proposes to Update and Streamline the State Environmental Quality Review Regulations When the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) last revised the regulations that implement the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), Bill Clinton was completing the last year of his first term in office, the Dallas Cowboys would shortly win…

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Jacobowitz and Gubits Names Michele L. Babcock, Esq. as Managing Partner The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP is proud to announce that Michele L. Babcock, Esq. has been appointed Managing Partner of the firm effective January 1, 2016. Ms. Babcock succeeds Larry Wolinsky whose four-year term expired in December. Ms. Babcock joined Jacobowitz…

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Jacobowitz and Gubits secured a significant win for the Town of Shandaken, located in Ulster County after a resident constructed and operated a farm stand without the proper permits and violated numerous provisions of the Town Code. Hanover Farms, Inc. obtained permission to operate a 100 square foot road side farm stand, pursuant to certain…

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The United States Supreme Court, in a recent decision by Justice Thomas, unanimously held that the “content based regulation” of signs by municipalities is an impermissible regulation of free speech under the First Amendment. All municipalities should review their sign regulations and consult with counsel regarding potential amendment of the regulations. In Reed v. Gilbert…

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A recent article in the Kingston-based Daily Freeman reports there is statewide interest in a recent decision of State Supreme Court that compares the respective jurisdictions of industrial development agencies and local planning boards. On the agenda of a statewide conference of economic development and industrial development agencies in Cooperstown is discussion of the court’s…

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When a planning board, acting as a SEQRA lead agency, considers the fiscal impact of a property tax exemption offered by an IDA to encourage the development of student housing and makes findings that require it to deny approval to a project that received IDA tax exemptions, does it intrude upon the jurisdiction of the…

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There was a great article in the Times Herald Record last weekend regarding all the exciting projects proposed for the Hudson Valley in 2015. The attorneys on the Municipal Land Use Team at Jacobowitz and Gubits are excited and proud to be part of the development team on several of these projects, including the Loop…

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On Monday, June 30, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision upholding the ability of an individual New York State municipality to utilize its zoning power to ban oil and gas production activities, including hydrofracking, within its own municipal boundaries. The Court of Appeals upheld the prior determination of the Third Department…

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Over the course of the last couple of weeks, two interesting pieces of information came across my desk which further demonstrate the failure of most Hudson Valley municipalities to provide diverse housing opportunities for all facets of our community. On April 11, 2014, the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development released its 2013 Rental…

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