While the Governor has mandated that banks provide homeowners with “forbearance” regarding their home mortgage payments if the homeowner is facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any corresponding requirement that landlords provide “forbearance” to tenants with respect to their rent obligations. The rights available to tenants may well be...Read More
On March 27, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a stimulus package of unprecedented proportions intended to provide economic relief and assistance to American individuals and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CARES Act is principally intended to address the significant disruptions in income being experienced by individuals and...Read More
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing all New York businesses to face unprecedented uncertainties and challenges in a host of areas central to their operations. The landscape of state and federal laws being passed, and regulations and executive orders being issued, is changing almost daily. We are monitoring these changes in federal and state laws, and are continuing to provide guidance and advice...Read More
By Adam Rodriguez, Esq.
Local governments are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are a few legal updates and issues that local government leaders need to be aware of.
I. Local Emergency Orders
If you have proclaimed a local state of emergency under Section 24 of Article 2-B of the N.Y. Executive Law, your chief executive officer (Supervisor or Mayor) is authorized to issue local...Read More
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act:
What Does it Mean for Employers?
By Adam Rodriguez, Esq.
COVID-19 issues are unfolding unfold rapidly and the government is taking swift and decisive action to deal with the impact. Employers have to be prepared quickly understand and implement these new policy decisions.
The newly enacted Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) requires...Read More
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP is proud of it’s more than 80-year legacy of providing superior legal counsel to the residents and businesses of Westchester County and Greenwhich, CT. The firm is also dedicated, however, to helping foster the talent of up-and-coming lawyers and to the education of the legal community. For this reason, our attorneys, like partner Frances M. Pantaleo,...Read More
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt partner and head of the firm’s Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group, Frances M. Pantaleo, Esq. will speak at a Continuing Legal Education course entitled “An Introduction to Elder Law and Special Needs Planning,” presented by the Westchester County Bar Association’s Trust & Estates and Elder Law committees, on Thursday, January 16.
Elder law is the area...Read More
Both Judge Bleakley and Judge Hopkins were former BPS attorneys.
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James D. Hokpins, supervisor for the Town of North Castle, shown pointing out the proposed UNO site to other Westchester County officials at a meeting in Armonk
Former Judge William F. Bleakley at Westchester County hearing on 1940 budget, held at the...Read More
In November 2019, John W. McGowan was elected to a 4-year term on the Rockland County Legislature. In his capacity as Legislator, Mr. McGowan, who took office on January 2, 2020, represents residents in District 15, that encompasses portions of Orangetown (Pearl River), Clarkstown (Nanuet, West Nyack), and Chestnut Ridge.
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On January 7, 2020, the Yorktown Town Board unanimously appointed Adam Rodriguez to serve as its Town Attorney.
“We are very fortunate to be represented by Adam and Bleakley Platt & Schmidt,” said Town Supervisor Matthew J. Slater. “Going forward, it is reassuring to know that the Town can call on Adam’s expertise and the firm’s significant resources for legal assistance.”
“It’s an honor...Read More
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt, LLP associate John W. McGowan, Esq, was recently sworn in as Rockland County’s District 15 Legislator, joining the County Legislature, comprised of 17 representatives from throughout Rockland.
A lifelong resident of Rockland County, McGowan’s victory in District 15 was his first run for elected office and is the culmination of an extensive record of public service...Read More
Bleakley Platt & Schmidt partner Frances M. Pantaleo, Esq. and her team of elder law specialists understand that caring for an aging family member is a responsibility that tests the endurance of even the most devoted relatives. Fortunate families might find their loved one a room and specialized care at a retirement home or memory unit, but such a move brings its own stressors, like...Read More