Fed. Dist. Court in NY Dismisses Fire Island Property Owners Claims of Due Process and Equal Protection Violations Following Denial of Variance Request


Plaintiffs, Michael DeFalco and William Matthews, own property on Fire Island, New York.  Plaintiffs’ dwelling and amenities occupied a total of 42.6% of the lot and all the structures had valid certificates of occupancy (“COs”).  Although the town’s zoning laws only allowed for 35% coverage, Plaintiffs’ structures existed before the enactment of such laws.  In 2010, Plaintiffs sought variances to make changes to their home. While the proposed changes would alter the structure of the dwelling, Plaintiffs insisted that the lot coverage would remain at 42.6%. The Board of Zoning Appeals for the Town of Brookhaven (“Board”) partially granted Plaintiffs’ application but placed limits regarding the lot coverage.  The Board determined that the 42.6% lot coverage was far greater than the permissible 35% and to allow such coverage would set a negative example for others.  As such, the Board agreed to allow Plaintiffs 37% lot coverage if they chose to…

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Fed. Dist. Court in New York Dismisses Civil Rights Claims After Owner Alleges Neighbors and Planning Board Conspired Against Her


Plaintiff Farah Amid alleged that the Village of Old Brookville, New York and its residents and planning board deprived her of her civil rights in accordance with 42 U.S.C §1983 and that there was a conspiracy to deny her equal protection of the laws in violation of 42 U.S.C. §1985. Amid, a self-described Iranian-American and non-practicing Islamic woman, moved into Old Brookville with her husband in 1991. Following their divorce in 1999, Amid was able to maintain the home but was approached by an overzealous neighbor (who happened to be a real estate agent) to sell her home. When the neighbor would not take no for an answer, Amid alleged the neighbor and his wife (the Marxs’) began an aggressive campaign to drive her out of the neighborhood including depositing bags of dog feces on her property and even placing Amid in apprehension when it would seem that Mr. Marx…

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Solo & Small Firms -10 Ethics Red Flags You Need To Know (Webinar Recap) | MyCase Blog

“Solo & Small Firms -10 Ethics Red Flags You Need To Know,” featuring Carolyn Elefant and MyCase’s Nicole Black.


During this webinar, Carolyn and Nicole discussed:

  • Confidentiality and security considerations when using cloud and mobile solutions
  • Attorney-client relationships, advertising, and other challenges when using social and online platforms
  • Virtual law office ethical issues, such as avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
  • Escrow account issues, alternative billing, outsourcing, and more.

Northern New York Historical Newspapers by Northern New York Library Network (NNYLN)

Northern New York Historical Newspapers


If you have ever dreamed of having access to over 2.3 million newspaper pages from 65 newspapers in northern New York, this website will make that dream a reality. Created and maintained by the Northern New York Library Network, the online collection contains historical newspapers from counties that include Clinton, Essex, Oswego, and St. Lawrence. The dailies here include the Clarkson Integrator, the Essex County Republican, and the Plattsburgh Daily Press. Visitors should not miss the How To Search area to get acquainted with the best way to access particular subjects of interest. Additionally, the FAQ area contains helpful links for those seeking to support the initiative through donations and other forms of aid.

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ACA Provisions: What You Need to Know

ACA Provisions: What you need to know phone forum recording now available


If you want to listen to the April 30th ACA Provisions: What you need to know! Phone Forum, click the link. The 60 minute presentation covers:


  • What is included in the cost of coverage (i.e. health, dental/vision, FSA benefits).
  • Additional Medicare Tax: application, calculation, and reporting.


You will have access to a transcript with links to sites and forms for your convenience.


If you have any questions, please email them.



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Judge rules that a will written and signed on tablet is legal – Chronicle-Telegram(Ohio)

 Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther ruled last week that a will written and signed on a tablet computer is legal, something he said he found scant evidence of having been done elsewhere in the country.
After Javier Castro died on Jan. 30, the family printed out a copy of the will and it was turned into the Probate Court.


Moving is the worst. These tools make it a little better — Tech News and Analysis

“As far as I know, there’s not a startup that will teletransport you and all your stuff from your old place to your new place. Still, these sites and apps aim to make moving a little easier.”
Unpakt was the most useful site I used for our move.
 Moveline, provides a similar service
Updater is a beautifully designed free site lets you register your address change with the USPS, update other accounts (magazines and newspapers, utilities, etc.) with the new address and make appointments with the cable guys.
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New York Times Limits Mobile Readers To 3 Articles Per Day From June 27 | Ubergizmo

New York Times, one of the most read news sources online and offline, announced today that mobile users will now be restricted to 3 free articles per day starting from June 27th. Those who want to read more than that would have to subscribe. Up till now readers who have been accessing the publication through its apps or mobile site were allowed to read 10 to 15 articles per day for free from the Top News section, that changes now.

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50 iOS 7 Features You’ll Actually Care About-GottaBe Mobile

Josh Smith:

Apple announced a major iOS 7 redesign, with countless iOS 7 features that are rolling out in the iOS 7 beta today.

There are hundreds of new iOS 7 features, but you won’t care about every single thing that’s new in iOS 7. You can check out a dozen new iOS 7 features on Apple, but there are many more iOS 7 features that Apple tucked inside descriptions, quickly flashed on slides or glossed over during the iOS 7 announcement.

These “hidden” iOS 7 features join the major items announced on stage to make up the 50 iOS 7 features you will actually use and care about.

Read all 50 here.

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