Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Town of Brookhaven has updated the Town Code & Fees

As of February 25, 2019, the method for establishing fees has changed for the following: 
  • All building permits
  • Universal design permits
  • Fire prevention fees
  • Sign permits
  • Towing business fees
  • Tree preservation fees
  • Zoning and land use regulation fees
  • Brookhaven Calabro Airport fees
  • Department of the Assessor fees.

The formula used to calculate fees is (Current Fee) + ((B-A)/A x (Current Fee)) = New Fee. The formula was derived pursuant to the Consumer Price Index.
  • B represents the price index from July to June of the immediately preceding year. 
  • A is the price index for July of the immediately preceding year.
Because all variables in the formula are subject to change, the fees will increase each year on January 1st.

To view all the updates to the Town Code, click here.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Source of Income Discrimination now banned in all of New York State

Source of income discrimination is now prohibited in all of New York State as a result of Governor Cuomo’s signing of the New York State FY 2020 Budget. The Budget amends the New York State Human Rights Law or Section 292 of the Executive Law to add and define “lawful source of income” as a protected class.

The term “lawful source of income” shall include, but not be limited to, “child support, alimony, foster care subsidies, income derived from social security, or any form of federal, state, or local public assistance or housing assistance including, but not limited to, section 8 vouchers, or any other form of housing assistance payment or credit whether or not such income or credit is paid or attributed directly to a landlord, and any other forms of lawful income.” Exec. Law §292(36).

Prior to Governor Cuomo’s signing of the Budget, source of income discrimination was already prohibited in New York City, Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties, among others. It is important to note that as a result of the new law, the cooperative and condominium exemptions in Westchester County are no longer applicable.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

NYREJ | 2019 Ones to Watch: Andrew Lieb, Esq.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

CLE Materials - The Top Real Estate Laws of 2018

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Real Tips HR | Emotional distress is real and can result in 6 figure settlements

Neither physical contact nor physical injury is required to file a discrimination case. In this short video, Andrew Lieb, Esq. and Mordy Yankovich, Esq. illustrate the real exposure employers face from discrimination lawsuits including emotional distress damages, lost wages, punitive damages and attorneys' fees.