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COURT CASE CONFIRMS RIGHTS OF NONPROFIT WHISTLEBLOWERS A recent New York Appellate Court decision confirmed the rights of nonprofit whistleblowers. Ferris v. Lustgarten Foundation has two features of interest to nonprofits and their employees. For nearly 10 years, Ferris was employed by the Lustgarten Foundation, a charitable organization closely affiliated with the cable television company…

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UNDERSTANDING FORECLOSURE PROCEEDINGS AND HARDSHIP DECLARATIONS DURING COVID-19 New York State recently adopted  the Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Procedure Act of 2020, which, along with a number of other protections for residential property owners relating to eviction proceedings, clarified the status of both tax and residential mortgage foreclosure proceedings during the current pandemic and…

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UNDERSTANDING THE CORPORATE TRANSPARENCY ACT On January 1, 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act (CTA) as part of the National Defense Act for Fiscal Year 2021.  The main goal of this act is to combat forms of illegal financing and money laundering through the use of anonymous shell companies. This act requires all U.S….

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JACOBOWITZ AND GUBITS WELCOMES TWO NEW ATTORNEYS TO THE FIRM Jacobowitz and Gubits Welcomes Two New Attorneys to the Firm Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce that two new attorneys have joined the firm.  Rebecca Baldwin Mantello has joined the firm’s Business Consumer Team as Senior Counsel concentrating in civil and commercial…

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NYS’S COVID RENT RELIEF EXTENSION PROGRAM Residential tenants experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID pandemic and their landlords need to be aware that the application period for New York State’s COVID Rent Relief Extension Program extends through February 1, 2021. The program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent…

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NEW LAW PERMITS AUTOMATIC RENEWAL OF SENIOR CITIZEN AND INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITES AND LIMITED INCOME REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS  In another response to the Covid crisis, New York State has enacted a law which allows local tax jurisdictions to automatically renew certain real property tax exemptions for 2021. The applicable exemptions are the Real Property…

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HOUSING THE HUDSON VALLEY By John C. Cappello, Partner, Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (www.jacobowitz.com) and Joe Czajka, Senior Vice President for Research, Development, and Community Planning, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress (www.pattern-for-progress.com) Over the last several years the Hudson Valley has experienced significant commercial development and growth in the form of the Resorts World Catskills…

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COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS REQUIREMENT FOR COUNTIES TO REIMBURSE MUNICIPAL UNSAFE BUILDING AND PROPERTY MAINTENANCE COSTS Municipal legislative boards occasionally find it necessary, in the public interest, to demolish unsafe buildings or conduct property maintenance on private properties. The cost of these proceedings, including the demolition or maintenance work, is initially borne by the municipality…

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GARY SCHUSTER APPOINTED SECRETARY OF NYCON J&G congratulates partner Gary Schuster on being appointed Board Secretary of NYCON, the New York Council of Nonprofits. Gary has served as a NYCON Board member since 2013, including serving as Chair of the Board Development Committee. The mission of NYCON is to develop and promote an effective and…

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Residential tenants experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID pandemic and their landlords need to be aware that the application period for New York State’s COVID Rent Relief Extension Program extends through February 1, 2021. On Monday the New York Legislature overwhelmingly passed one of the most comprehensive anti-eviction laws in the nation, which was signed…

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