Laws & Taxes

Laws & Taxes

HPD, THE DOE FUND, AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCE START OF CONSTRUCTION ON NEW AFFORDABLE AND...

New York City-based nonprofit organization The Doe Fund were joined by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and development partners today to announce plans for a new 60-unit development located at 1420 Crotona Park East in The Bronx. The soon-to-be constructed eight-story development will include a total of 60 supportive, affordable housing units of which, 36 apartments will be reserved for clients of the city’s HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA).

Senate Passes Bill Making the Property Tax Cap Permanent, Saving Taxpayers Billions of Dollars...

The bill (S5597), sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), would prevent the planned expiration of the tax cap to continue saving taxpayers billions of dollars each year, increase investments by businesses, and create more jobs.

Congressmen Collins and Swalwell Re-Introduce the Bipartisan Main Street Revival Act

The Main Street Revival Act allows qualifying small businesses to elect to defer paying payroll taxes during their first year in operation. The deferred taxes would then be paid in installments over the subsequent four years.

Statement from Kathryn Wylde, President and CEO of the Partnership for NYC, on Proposed...

New York City is alone in imposing a local commercial rent tax – a 6% tax on rents for Manhattan office and retail space that are already the most expensive and heavily taxed properties in the country. The city lost more than 100,000 middle wage jobs between 2008 and 2013, and the high cost of office space is a primary reason. If the City Council wants to help save those jobs, it should eliminate the commercial rent tax for all employers. Job-saving tax relief cannot be for just ‘small’ businesses.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Court Judgment Against Brooklyn & Florida Law Firms For Running Fraudulent...

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today obtained a default judgment in New York County Supreme Court against two law firms and their lead attorney for participating in a fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme. The judgment ordered Litvin Law Firm; Litvin, Torrens & Associates, PLLC; and the firms’ principal attorney Gennady Litvin to immediately halt their illegal business practices, including preying upon financially vulnerable consumers by claiming to provide a comprehensive legal services plan that would allow consumers to avoid foreclosure

Senate Passes Avella Bill Expanding Green Homes Tax Credit

State Senator Tony Avella announced today that his bill that would allow homeowners to apply for a “green buildings tax credit” unanimously passed the Senate.

Reed: Victory for Landowners and Property Rights Advocates

Tom Reed applauds tonight’s House passage of the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act, H.R. 1732, which protects landowners from intrusive government and ensures the protection of personal property.

Mayor de Blasio Calls for Sweeping Overhaul of Tax Benefits to Spur More Affordable...

Mayor Bill de Blasio today proposed a sweeping overhaul of a tax program to spur a new wave of affordable housing in New York City and stem the housing crisis that is making it so difficult for New Yorkers to make ends meet.

Empire State Development Announces Request for Proposals for Purchase and Redevelopment of Mount McGregor...

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced it will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of approximately 325 acres of the former Mount McGregor Correctional Facility located in Wilton, New York. Mount McGregor closed in July 2014 as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s initiative to save New York taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by consolidating the state’s correctional facilities based on a declining inmate population

Mangano Helps Homeowners File For Property Tax Relief

As part of his continued efforts to help residents reduce their tax burden, County Executive Edward P. Mangano has arranged to bring the Department of Assessment office operations to libraries and community meeting halls throughout Nassau to assist homeowners with filing for their property tax exemptions

NY State Appellate Court Hears Arguments in Case against NYC Department of Buildings for...

The New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division heard oral arguments on Thursday in the Mechanical Contractors V. NYCDOB, Case No. 13-10093, regarding controversy over whether the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has the legal authority to ignore Building Code requirements when buildings are constructed modularly. This includes the largest Lego-style modular construction project in North America located at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards (now rebranded as Pacific Park), a 32-story, 363 unit residential building.

Mayor de Blasio Signs Legislation to Provide Tax Relief for Property Owners Impacted by...

City legislation provides long-term financial relief for property owners who experienced significant increases in property taxes, part of de Blasio Administration’s Sandy recovery overhaul

Reps. Garrett, Maloney Introduce the Restoring Main Street Investor Protection and Confidence Act of...

H.R. 1982 would reaffirm and clarify key protections for ordinary investors that were put in place when Congress passed and amended the Securities Investor Protection Act (SIPA). In particular, the bill aims to properly shield innocent individual investors who have already been defrauded and financially devastated

NATIONWIDE RASH OF ‘SWATTING’ ATTACKS NOW THREATENING LOCAL ROCHESTER RESIDENTS, COSTING LAW ENFORCEMENT THOUSANDS...

Near the site of a recent “swatting” attack on Park Avenue in Rochester, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced legislation to crack down on an alarming new nationwide crime trend called “swatting” that has recently emerged as a problem in Rochester. Schumer explained that “swatting” is an incident in which a fake phone call is made in an effort to have police SWAT teams respond to an unsuspecting resident’s home. Schumer said these false alerts are not only terrifying residents, but they are also costing law enforcement departments thousands of dollars and putting at risk both first responders and innocent bystanders.

Rangel Floor Statement Opposing Repeal of Estate Tax

Congressman Charles B. Rangel, who represents the 13th Congressional District of New York that includes Upper Manhattan and parts of the Bronx, spoke on the House floor in opposition to H.R. 1105, which would repeal the Estate Tax. Below is the transcript of his remarks

Tax Week Legislation Provides Relief to Family Farms, Small Businesses

Currently, if an individual’s assets exceed the specified federal exemption amount at his or her death, these assets are taxed at a rate of 40% before they can be passed on to surviving family members. For Central New Yorkers, these “assets” are often a small business or family farm – and a death tax bill only makes a family’s loss even more devastating.

Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano Proposes Fiscal Year 2016 Executive Budget City to Provide Largest...

Yonkers Property Owners to Receive Tax Rebates from New York State as City Stays Within 2% Tax Cap for Fourth Consecutive Year YONKERS, NY -...

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlement With Tribeca Developer Over Unregistered Real Estate Securities

Developer Peter Moore Disregarded Martin Act Requirements While Blatantly Marketing Investments In TriBeCa Loft Building Settlement Bars Moore From the Real Estate Securities Industry For Six Months. Schneiderman: Promoters Of Real Estate Investments Need To Follow The Rules And If They Don’t, They Will Be Held Accountable.

Reps. Nadler, Lowey and Israel Call for Tax Equity for Cities with High Cost...

Today, close to our nation’s annual tax day, New York Representatives Jerrold Nadler, Nita Lowey and Steve Israel announced the re-introduction of the Tax Equity Act, a forward-thinking piece of tax legislation designed to adjust federal tax brackets to reflect the actual cost of living in major metropolitan areas.

Lowey, Nadler, and Israel Call for Tax Equity for Areas with High Cost of...

The lawmakers represent districts which, respectively, span the counties of Westchester and Rockland, New York City, and Long Island, and are home to constituents who both pay higher taxes and contend with higher basic living costs than most Americans.

NYS Tax Department Highlights Additional Free Tax Assistance in The Bronx

High numbers of Bronx taxpayers are paying tax preparers rather than using free options.

Governor Cuomo Announces Designation of 12 Brownfield Opportunity Areas

The Brownfield Opportunity Areas Program helps local communities establish revitalization strategies that return dormant and blighted areas into productive areas to spur economic development.

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Lawsuit Against Board Of Directors Alleging Mismanagement Of Two Brooklyn-Based Nonprofits...

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a lawsuit against the board of directors of two Brooklyn-based nonprofits, Brooklyn Child & Family Services, Inc. and Project Teen Aid Housing Development Fund Corp., for alleged gross negligence and failed management of the organizations – and of two converted townhouses in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn

Comptroller Stringer: Billions In Pension Fund Fees Paid To Wall Street Have Failed To...

After fees, manager performance is $2.5 billion below benchmark over 10 years, new analysis of City pension system reveals. Calls for review of investment fee structure, alignment of pay with performance.

Defendants Allegedly Stole Over $500,000 in Federal HUD Funds

Earlier today, federal agents arrested Stacey Stackhouse, the former executive director of Village of Hempstead Housing Authority (VHHA) and James Alimonos, Michael Lambros, and Demetrios Kaouris, who performed construction work for the agency, for their involvement in a wire fraud conspiracy in connection with the theft of federal funds.

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SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND, STEFANIK ANNOUNCE, AFTER THEIR PUSH, FCC WILL GRANT CRITICAL...

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Elise Stefanik successfully pushed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant a limited waiver petition to allow Westelcom to continue to operate as a rural telecommunications provider. Westelcom, a leader in the deployment of fiber-based broadband in the North Country, met the FCC’s overall goals of expanding broadband deployment in rural areas but needed a waiver that would protect critical funding the company needs to continue to provide the infrastructure for expanded rural telehealth medicine.

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A.G. Schneiderman, DA Gonzalez Announce The Indictments Of Nine Defendants For...

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, together with Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, today announced that nine individuals have been variously charged with money laundering, mortgage fraud, grand larceny, conspiracy, and other charges related to their participation in a scheme to defraud mortgage lenders that spanned two New York City boroughs and resulted in over $1 million in ill-gotten mortgage loans