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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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MICHELE L. BABCOCK, ESQ. RECOGNIZED BY HUDSON VALLEY MAGAZINE AS WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2020 HONOREE   WALDEN, NY – The law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is pleased to announce and congratulate Michele L. Babcock, Managing Partner, for being selected as a 2020 Women in Business honoree by Hudson Valley Magazine.  Michele is…

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  NEW LAW PROTECTION FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES In recognition of the essential role of public employees during this pandemic, New York State has adopted legislation requiring public employers to plan for similar emergencies in the future. The New York State Labor Law has been amended by adding a new section (27-c)…

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MAKING ACESSORY DWELLING UNIT’S WORK FOR YOU Granny pods. Elder cottages. ECHO housing. No matter what you call them, there is no question: accessory dwelling units (“ADUs” for short) are a booming trend for affordable senior living (as well as a reliable source of passive income) in the Hudson Valley. These spaces traditionally function as…

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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RELEASES NEW HEMP REGULATIONS As with almost all areas of American society, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed ‘pause’ on anticipated regulatory changes to the New York State hemp industry.  December 2019 saw new hemp laws that split hemp permits into defined categories with more legislation regarding quality standards, labeling requirements,…

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FORCE MAJEURE AFTER COVID When the Covid crisis arrived, many people who had signed contracts found it difficult or impossible to perform their obligations. Many sought relief from the force majeure clause in their contracts. In most cases, that proved to be disappointing. With the benefit of hindsight, parties now have the opportunity to revise…

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