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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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485-b COMMERCIAL REAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION Section 485-b of the New York Real Property Tax Law provides the basis for a 50% reduction of the increase in assessed value due to certain qualifying new construction, alterations, installations or improvements for the purpose of commercial, business or industrial activity, thus reducing real property taxes and some…

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AN IMPORTANT TIP FOR MUNICIPALITIES USING ZOOM FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS UNDER NYS GOVERNOR’S GUIDANCE Following Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.6, many municipalities are using Zoom to comply with the requirement that remote meetings be made available to the public. We want you to be aware of one potential complication of doing so. Today’s Daily Freeman…

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CORONAVIRUS RESOURCE PAGE For the past several months, the firm has remained fully operational and continued to provide seamless, high quality legal services to our clients.   As we move forward, we want our clients to know that our full-service team is available to provide you with the assistance you need in whatever format makes the…

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Planning to cancel a public board meeting due to COVID concerns?  You can conference call instead (but do it the right way.) A core principle of the Open Meetings Law (OML) is that public bodies must conduct public business in public. Amid widespread public health concern about public gatherings,that principle is adapting to the Coronavirus emergency….

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One More Step Towards New York’s Clean Energy Future I recently had the opportunity to attend an excellent presentation by Houtan Moveni from New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (“NYSERDA”), which was hosted by the Orange County Planning Department. Mr. Moveni discussed the action by the New York State Public Service Commission to…

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  News Release:  J&G Welcomes New Associate Attorney – Marissa G. Weiss, Esq. Press Release For more information, contact: Michele Babcock, Managing Partner, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, 845-778-2121  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Jacobowitz and Gubits Welcomes New Environmental and Land Use Associate Attorney to Firm WALDEN, NY – Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP (J&G) is proud to…

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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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HAPPY WORLD WETLANDS DAY! February 2nd is not only Groundhog Day, it is also World Wetlands Day. This is fitting since the existence of fresh water wetlands are vital for the survival of so many species, including groundhogs (and human beings, for that matter). Wetlands are land areas saturated or flooded with water, either permanently…

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Nothing Stays the Same A historical safe harbor has been doing business using a corporate or limited liability entity.  Officers and employees were protected against claims for their actions as long as they were acting within the scope of their authority in the performance of activities on behalf of the company.  Another safe harbor was…

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