The Deadline for Most New York Property Owners to Contest Their Assessment is May 24, 2022 By Nicholas J. Scarantino, Esq. Grievance Day falls on the 4th Tuesday in May every year, and in most New York Counties, that has not changed for 2022. The pandemic will likely continue to affect the real property tax grievance process this year, such as limiting public access into the assessor’s office to review assessment records, how to drop off grievance forms, or if you will be allowed to [...]

Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP, one of the largest law firms in the Greater Binghamton region, has named Scott R. Kurkoski to the position of managing partner effective January 1, 2022. The members of the firm express their deep gratitude to their Partner, Jeffrey A. Loew, for his leadership as Managing Partner. Mr. Loew has successfully guided the firm for the past ten years, becoming the firm's longest serving managing partner. His departure from the position follows the firm's [...]

We are proud to announce Laura Weiner as the first winner of the Levene Gouldin & Thompson Regional Connection Scholarship! Laura is currently attending City University of New York School of Law. Her unique path to the field of law began in the music industry (she is a professional French horn player), which phased into work in the prison system (music programs for the incarcerated), which led to a desire to help change the carceral system directly through the law. We are proud to help [...]

As a member of a New York State Bar Association task force,  LGT partner, Karen McMullen, is advocating for legislative solutions for safe visitation to residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities during the pandemic. Currently, visitation is limited to virtual connections or short visits with mandated masking and social distancing in designated areas – which is particularly difficult for families with loved ones suffering from dementia. Karen, along with her colleague, [...]

On March 31, 2021, New York legalized the recreational use of marijuana for individuals over the age of 21 The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) generally legalized cultivation, distribution, use, and possession of recreational marijuana in New York State Important for New York employers, MRTA amends Labor Law Section 201-d, which protects employees’ right to engage in certain recreational activities outside of work Section 201-d generally prohibits employers from [...]

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