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Raising The Legal Age For Purchasing Of Tobacco Products Just before the end of the year, the Orange County Legislature introduced a local law which would raise the age of those permitted to purchase tobacco products within the County.  That law, entitled “Local Law To Raise The Legal Age For Purchase Of Tobacco Products In…

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It’s Happy Hour at the NY State Legislature for Brewers, Distillers, and Cideries   You can’t swing a hand-crafted artisan cocktail or local craft beer around the Hudson Valley without hitting a farm distillery or farm brewery.  And it’s wonderful! The farm distillery, farm brewery, farm cidery, and farm winery industries and their “New York…

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Should Convictions and Arrests be Reported on Job Applications? As a Hudson Valley criminal defense attorney, I frequently am asked about whether convictions and arrests must be reported on job applications or, for those already employed, whether they must be reported to their employer. Getting into legal trouble is unfortunately easier than one might think….

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Don’t Drink and Drive Tips this July 4th Holiday and Crackdown Dates Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends” to better coordinate and promote county efforts to achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities.  The Association has found that when there is visible and reported heightened watch; drivers…

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Did You Grieve Your Property Taxes and Lose?  Here’s What You Need to Know to Appeal Did you file a Real Property Tax Grievance complaint to contest your taxes in May? The Board of Assessment Review (BAR) for each Hudson Valley municipality will be sending out their determination of your grievance complaint throughout the month…

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  Kelly Pressler of Jacobowitz and Gubits Elected as Vice President of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) The Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY) announced its incoming officers for 2017 at their 2017 Annual Convention held at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa in Connecticut, May…

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Considering Solar? Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have made solar growth a priority in New York State by offering attractive incentive packages for individuals, businesses and utility scale solar providers.  In February, 2017, Governor Cuomo announced that state supported solar power in New York had increased nearly 800% from December, 2011…

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  Allison G. Cappella, Esq. of Jacobowitz & Gubits Graduates Leadership Orange Class of 2017 The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that Allison G. Cappello, Esq. has graduated from the Leadership Orange “High Rollers” Class of 2017.  Allison Cappella, Esq., is an associate attorney with Jacobowitz and Gubits,…

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The Sun Shines Through According to a recent article in Forbes Magazine, citing a U.S. Department of Energy report, the solar industry now employs more people (374,000) in the United States than coal, gas and oil combined. In New York State over 8,000 jobs are provided in the solar industry. While California is well ahead…

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Avoid a DWI:  How much alcohol is too much? Several years ago the New York State STOP-DWI Association, Inc. launched the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekends” to better coordinate and promote county efforts to achieve greater visibility of DWI enforcement activities.  The Association has found that when there is visible and reported heightened watch; drivers are less…

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