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NEW YORK HAS CREATED A NEW PROPERTY TAX CREDIT FOR HOMEOWNERS New York has created a new property tax credit for homeowners who make less than $250,000 a year and whose property tax bill exceeds 6% of their annual income.  The credit will be between $250 and $350. You must live in your New York home…

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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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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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NEW REPORT DETAILS STRUGGLES OF HUDSON VALLEY NONPROFITS NYCON, the New York Council of Nonprofits, just released a report “Hudson Valley Nonprofits Amidst COVID-19.” The report was funded by a new group called the Hudson Valley Funders Collaborative comprised of several regional philanthropic foundations. The report paints a fairly grim picture of the state of…

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PANDEMIC CHALLENGES FOR NONPROFITS Observers are predicting a challenging road ahead for many charitable nonprofits, especially those that rely on funding from state and local governments. Tax revenues are down and deficits are ballooning. It is widely expected that sooner or later, government funding of charitable nonprofits will be reduced or even eliminated. Private philanthropies…

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SUPPORTING THE NON-PROFITS SUPPORTING YOUR COMMUNITY The Poughkeepsie Journal recently published a very sobering article on the economic challenges facing so many non-profits in our area. The economic contraction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic , as well as the economic anxiety that we are all feeling, is resulting in a substantial decrease in funds available…

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Beware COVID-19 Charitable Donation Fraud Beware COVID-19 Charitable Donation Fraud:  As we all struggle through the COVID-19 health crisis, there is little doubt that in due course Americans will open their wallets to help those in need. We are a very charitable society and give billions of dollars each year to a wide range of…

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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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Nonprofit 102 – Free Seminar:  March 26, 2019 Do you server as a member of a nonprofit board? Registration Required: Click here to register Join us for a free seminar designed for anyone who serves as an officer or member of the board of directors of a nonprofit organization or soliciting charitable contributions. Presenters:  Gary…

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