Judge Finds DOMA Discriminates Against Married Same-Sex Couples-NYLJ

Windsor v. United States, 10-cv-8435Read Entire NYLJ Article by Mark Hamblett here.

The Defense of Marriage Act‘s denial of equal benefits to same-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, Southern District Judge Barbara Jones (See Profile) ruled yesterday.

Becoming the fourth Article 3 judge to find Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the U.S. Constitution, Judge Jones granted summary judgment to Edith Windsor, who sued the government for failing to recognize her marriage to her partner Thea Spyer, after Spyer’s death in 2009. Windsor and Spyer were married in Canada in 2007.

Spyer left all of her property to Windsor, including the apartment they shared. Spyer’s estate normally would have passed to her spouse without any estate tax. But DOMA prevents recognition of same-sex marriages and Windsor was assessed more than $363,000 in federal estate taxes.

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Matter of Hailey ZZ. (Ricky ZZ.)

Resolving a split among the four departments of the Appellate Division, the state Court of Appeals last week held that Family Courts have no authority under  Social Services Law § 384-b involuntary termination of parental rights proceedings, to order post-TPR contacts between the respondent parent and the child.

Electric Cars Built in Madison County in 1950s


Henney KilowattHenney Kilowatt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Read entire article by Madison County Historian, Matt Urtz, here.

In 1959, the Henney Motor Company factory inCanastota was contracted to work on an electric car project with the National Union Electric Corporation, the Eureka Williams Corporation, the Exide Battery Corporation and a number of utility companies.

The car, which was called the Henney Kilowatt, would be produced by a combination of the companies and be used by utility companies to show the viability of the electric car. The company chose to use a Renault Dauphine chassis, which was supplied without a drive train. The Canastota facility then assembled the vehicle; batteries were supplied by the Eureka Williams Company.

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