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September 23, 2013

Important Changes to Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption

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All residential homeowners who previously received a Basic STAR Property Tax Exemption through registration with their local tax assessor must now register with the State of New York.  THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 31, 2013.  Homeowners who do not register by this date will not receive their STAR exemption in 2014.  This change in policy is designed to minimize fraud and abuse by making it less likely that homeowners could obtain exemptions on multiple properties in New York State.

You are able to register the property by accessing the website for the State Tax Department at www.tax.ny.gov.  In the alternative, you can register by calling the Tax Department at (518) 457-2036.  Before registering, please obtain the social security numbers for all owners of your property and the Basic STAR code for your property.  The latter code can also be obtained online and will also be listed on a mailing by the Tax Department which is expected to go out in September.

Please note that senior citizens receiving the Enhanced STAR Property Tax Exemption are not impacted by this requirement and do not need to register.

If you need any assistance, or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

September 16, 2013

From Receptionist to Lawyer?

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CRLphoto4The firm’s long-time receptionist, Rosemary Clinch, has left the firm to start her first year of law school at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Mass. Although we will miss her at the firm, we wish her the best of luck in law school.

A few current partners at Maynard also started their legal careers in staff positions with the firm. Mike Catalinotto, Jr. worked for the firm as a Law Clerk during summers at Touro Law School. Rob Rausch worked for the firm as a File Clerk for two summers during college.

September 2, 2013

Firm Dismisses Unsafe Gymnasium Case Against School

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Maynard, O’Connor, Smith & Catalinotto recently succeeded in dismissing a case against the Roxbury Central School District for allegations of an unsafe gymnasium.  Plaintiff, a student of a neighboring school, was injured during an interscholastic basketball game when he overran the end line and struck a metal door frame during game play.  Plaintiff claimed the school was obligated to pad the door frames and failing to do so was a violation of industry standards and presented an unreasonably dangerous condition to athletes.  Notwithstanding, Justice Carl F. Becker of the Delaware County Supreme Court agreed with our position in his written decision that the gymnasium was built in compliance with the pertinent codes and standards, that plaintiff assumed the risk of striking the door while participating in a competitive basketball game and that the nature of the door frame was open and obvious.  Furthermore, Justice Becker agreed with our argument that plaintiff’s expert was not qualified to render an opinion on the risk of injury involved in this case.  Consequently, our Motion for Summary Judgment was granted in its entirety dismissing all of plaintiff’s claims against the Roxbury Central School District.