RP-5217-PDF Report

The RP-5217-PDF is a web-based downloadable, barcoded, pdf document. (It replaces the RP-5217 paper form which contains one original and three carbonless copies.) Form preparers will enter the appropriate information into the form and should save the document to their PC until the transfer has been completed and the deed filed with the County Clerk.

This downloadable, bar-coded PDF document is currently being accepted for transfers of Real Property located in PILOT & APPROVED COUNTIES:


Adobe Reader Version 8 or higher is required
to use the RP-5217-PDF Form.

***It is imperative that you read the ORPS information and instruction in fullbefore attempting to use the form in the Pilot & Approved Counties.  Aspects of the bar code function are unique.

Judges in New York to Get Raise of 27 Percent – NYTimes.com

A state commission decided on Friday to increase the pay of the more than 1,200 New York State judges by 27 percent over three years, ending a decade of battles in Albany and the courts, and giving judges their first raise in 12 years.


The three commission members appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomowere joined in voting for the proposal by the appointee of the Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, who, like the governor, is a Democrat. The two appointees of the state’s chief judge, Jonathan Lippman, opposed it as inadequate, as did the appointee of the leader of the State Senate, Dean G. Skelos, a Republican.
The raises will go into effect next spring unless they are overruled or modified by legislation passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by the governor.

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Hurricane Irene – Resources & Links | Justia Law, Technology & Legal Marketing Blog

For Complete Listing for all Affected Areas on East Coast-Justia

For our area:

Federal Resources

Hurricane Resource Center– from FEMA

The National Flood Insurance Program

Ready.gov — Resources and steps to take to protect yourself, your family and property.

NOAA – National Hurricane Center

U.S. Coast Guard


State Resources


Connecticut Office of Emergency Management
(860) 256-0800

  • Connecticut Office of Emergency Management on Twitter
  • Connecticut Office of Emergency Management on Facebook

Connecticut Insurance Department

New Jersey

New Jersey Office of Emergency Management
(609) 538-6050 Monday-Friday
(609) 584-5000

  • New Jersey Office of Emergency Management on Facebook

New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance

New York

New York State Emergency Management Office
(518) 292-2275

New York State Insurance Department

Other Resources

American Red Cross

Disaster Planning for Pets
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Bean: An OS X Word Processor

Bean is a small, easy-to-use word processor (or more precisely, a rich text editor), designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. Bean is available free of charge. MS WordOpenOffice, etc. try to be all things to all people. But sometimes you just want the right tool for the job. That is Bean’s niche.


Some screenshots.
Read about the origins of Bean here.


Bean is not a replacement for MS Word. It doesn’t do footnotes or use stylesheets and is only partially compatible with Word’s file formats.

[ Download Bean ]

Version 2.4.4 (released 12 July 2011)


P.S.  I have used Bean for many years and find it very helpful in opening some Word files, which won’t otherwise open or convert.  It also serves as a quick editor for html code work.



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Explorer for Natural Gas Loses Rights, Money Paid for Them-NYLJ

“[T]he evidence clearly demonstrates that Cabot, a sophisticated business entity, made a calculated and knowing decision to enter into the lease, approve title and pay the signing bonus with full knowledge” of the protective covenant and the opposition of the property owners’ association, Justice Gilpatric held in Weiden Lake Property Owners Association Inc. v. Klansky and Cabot Oil, 3885/09. “Therefore, it is not entitled to rescission of the lease under a mistake of law.”

Web Surfing Makes You Work Better, Study Says – WSJ.com


Don’t feel guilty about browsing the Internet at work–turns out it may actually improve your performance.

According to a new study, Web browsing can actually refresh tired workers and enhance their productivity, compared to other activities such as making personal calls, texts or emails, let alone working straight through with no rest at all.

The study, “Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement,” by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore, was presented last week in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, an association of management scholars.

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