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(June 27, 2017)
Patrick O'Sullivan Named President of the Westchester Estate Planning Council

Patrick J. O'Sullivan has been named President of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County Inc.  Mr. O'Sullivan has been a Director for the Council for the past three years.

The Estate Planning Council is a nonprofit organization which promotes the exchange of ideas and information among estate planning professionals.  It consists of professional groups of certified public accountants, attorneys-at-law, trust officers, chartered life underwriters and certified financial planners.

(June 22, 2017)
Jennifer Gray Featured in NY Real Estate Journal

Jennifer Gray was recently featured in the New York Real Estate Journal's 2017 Women in Professional Services spotlight.

http://nyrej.com/2017-women-in-professional-services-jennifer-gray-of-keane-beane-p-c

(June 06, 2017)
Sarah A. Steckler Co-Chairs PWJC's Cocktails for a Cause Fundraiser

On June 28, 2017, Sarah A. Steckler will serve as Co-Chair for the Pace Women's Justice Center Third Annual Spring Cocktails for a Cause Party at Lola's Mexican Kitchen, White Plains, New York from 5:30-7:30 p.m. honoring Impact100 Westchester.  Proceeds will support PWJC's new walk-in legal clinic and help in PWJC's mission to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. The PWJC is Westchester County's leading civil legal services and training provider addressing domestic violence and elder abuse.  Each year, PWJC serves thousands of victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse who can't afford the legal help they need. The Center's mission is to ensure a just and safe environment for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.

Register by June 7, 2017. 

For more information, visit http://www.law.pace.edu/2017-cocktails-cause

(June 06, 2017)
Richard L. O'Rourke Receives the 2017 Above the Bar Award

On June 8, 2017, at a ceremony held at Whitby Castle, Richard L. O'Rourke will be presented with the Above the Bar Award for Leading Land Use Attorney in Westchester County at the 11th Annual Awards Program recognizing outstanding Westchester Attorneys.

(June 01, 2017)
Keane & Beane Now in New York City

Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce the opening of its New York City office at 505 Park Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, New York 10022

(May 16, 2017)
Stephanie L. Burns Inducted As President of the Westchester County Bar Association

On May 11, 2017, Stephanie L. Burns was sworn in as the President of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA). Ms. Burns will serve as its President for a one year term, commencing May 1, 2017 and ending April 30, 2018.  Ms. Burns is, and has been a member of the Executive Committee for four years - serving as Vice President for three years and Secretary for one year.  Before joining the Executive Committee, Ms. Burns served a three year term on the Board of Directors.  Ms. Burns is also currently Co-Chair of the WCBA Magazine Committee, a WCBA delegate to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and an active member of the Association's Municipal Law Section and Strategic Planning, Budget and Finance, Education Law and Women in the Law Committees.  Ms. Burns is a former Co-Chair of the Membership, Journal and Diversity Committees of the WCBA.

(May 11, 2017)
Edward Beane and Joel Sachs Honored for 50 Years of Service

Edward F. Beane and Joel Sachs were honored by the Westchester County Bar Association at its Annual Banquet on May 11, 2017 and presented with the 50 Years of Service Award.

(May 01, 2017)
Check our Legal Alerts Section for News!

Many new Legal Alerts have been posted to our Legal Alerts section! http://www.kblaw.com/newsevents.aspx

(April 05, 2017)
Keane & Beane Hosts The Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force Event

On April 25th, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane will host The Lower Hudson Special Education Task Force in its presentation of "A Tale of Two Attorneys: Endrew F. and More".  Keane & Beane Member Stephanie M. Roebuck will answer questions and discuss the new Endrew F. Supreme Court decision.

 

(April 04, 2017)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Sponsors the 2017 Walk to Cure Arthritis

On April 29, 2017, Keane & Beane, P.C. will once again sponsor the Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis. Keane & Beane, P.C. has been a fully committed supporter of the NY Arthritis Foundation for over 20 years, and a continued sponsor of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk since its inception, twelve years ago, as well as a sponsor to the Arthritis Foundation's Westchester Jingle Bell Run since its inception in 2013.  For further information on joining our team or donating, please do so by visiting our team page at:

www.walktocurearthritis.org/hudsonvalley/keanebeane

(March 21, 2017)
Cricket Valley Energy Center Begins Development

Keane & Beane, P.C., by attorneys Richard L. O’Rourke and Jennifer Gray, was pleased to have served as counsel to one of the largest private investments in the lower Hudson Valley in recent decades. Rick O’Rourke and Jennifer Gray were successful in serving as counsel through the SEQRA process in securing necessary approvals, including zoning amendments, site plan, special permit, subdivision and area variances, so that construction has now commenced. The Project could reduce property tax bills in the Town of Dover by almost 25%. 

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/money/companies/2017/03/15/cricket-valley-power-plant-dover-construction/98850210/

(March 07, 2017)
Keane & Beane Welcomes New Associate Cristina M. Riggio

Keane & Beane is pleased to welcome new associate Cristina M. Riggio, a 2015 graduate of Pace University School of Law (cum laude).  Ms. Riggio will represent clients in real estate and corporate transactions, as well as estate planning and estate administration. 

(January 25, 2017)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Welcomes New Associate Drew Victoria Gamils

Keane & Beane welcomes new associate, Drew Victoria Gamils as part of its municipal law team.  Ms. Gamils is a 2016 graduate of Pace University School of Law (cum laude, Managing Editor of Pace Environmental Law Review).  Ms. Gamils will assist members of the firm as counsel to various municipalities, attending to matters including land use, environmental and local governance and administration.

(January 13, 2017)
Joel Sachs to Chair Program on The Zombie Housing Crisis

Joel H. Sachs will be the Chair of a program sponsored by the New York State Bar Association on the Zombie House Crisis at its 2017 Annual Meeting of the Property Law Section, to be held on January 26, 2017.

The Zombie Housing crisis has caused major problems for municipalities, the lending community and property owners.  In June 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a comprehensive law to address the Zombie Housing issue.

Please contact Joel H. Sachs for further details and information.

(December 01, 2016)
Keane & Beane Participates in Shoe Drive for the Homeless

Keane & Beane was pleased to donate over 100 pairs of shoes and participate in the Progressive Foot Care's 9th Annual Holiday Shoe Drive for the Homeless. 

(November 23, 2016)
Joel H. Sachs Co-Chair to Zombie Housing Task Force

Joel Sachs has been appointed by the New York State Bar Association to Co-Chair a statewide Task Force on Zombie Housing. Mr. Sachs will be chairing a program on Zombie Housing at the Annual Meeting of the NYS Bar Association on January 12, 2017.  To register for the program, contact the NYS Bar Association at 518-463-3200.

(November 23, 2016)
William Kang Selected to the Rising Star List

Keane & Beane, P.C. Member, William Kang, has been listed as a Rising Star in the New York Metro 2016 Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Kang is on the Rising Star list in the area of Schools & Education. 

Mr. Kang regularly handles school litigation matters in state court, appeals to the Commissioner of Education, employee disciplinary proceedings pursuant to the Education Law and Civil Service Law, and discrimination and/or retaliation claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and State Division of Human Rights. Mr. Kang also represents school districts and other municipalities with regard to labor relations from negotiation of labor contracts for all types of bargaining units to arbitrations and improper practice proceedings.

(November 20, 2016)
Joel Sachs Receives Recognition

Joel H. Sachs received recognition by Martindale-Hubbell for having an HV rating, the highest rating for attorney for 30 consecutive years. In addition, Mr. Sachs was selected by his peers for the 11th consecutive year as a Best Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan area.  This recognition appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal on November 20, 2016.

(October 27, 2016)
Arin Liebman Joins Keane & Beane, P.C. As An Associate

Keane & Beane welcomes new associate, Arin Liebman, as part of its litigation team.  Ms. Liebman is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Cum Laude, Moot Court Board). Ms. Liebman's practice will concentrate in civil litigation at both the federal and state levels and will also assist members of the firm as counsel to various municipalities, attending to matters including employee discipline and grievance hearings.

(October 01, 2016)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Now Has a Facebook Page

Keane & Beane, P.C. now has a facebook page!  Like our page for further updates and useful information! https://www.facebook.com/Keane-Beane-PC-175293282573175/?fref=ts

(September 22, 2016)
Steven Schurkman to Chair Senior Law Day on September 27, 2016

On September 27, 2016, Steven A. Schurkman will Chair the Senior Law Day Program for Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services at the White Plains County Center at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. Senior Law Day will offer seniors and their families a record number of workshops this year, along with free 15-minute consultations with attorneys, certified financial planners and care managers.


Steven Schurkman's 17th Edition of "Elder Law Q&A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future" is available at:

https://www.linkedin.com/company/keane-&-beane-p.c./comments?topic=6181127045179797504&type=U&scope=1771158&stype=C&a=7dK6&showModal=true

(September 21, 2016)
Keane & Beane Files Amicus Brief in the US Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

Keane & Beane, P.C. has filed an amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the long-running litigation over Westchester County's compliance with its affordable housing obligations under the terms of its 2009 settlement agreement with HUD.  Writing on behalf of the Town of New Castle, and in support of the County's appeal, the amicus brief argues that Town officials have the right, and the obligation, to speak freely on behalf of residents on matters of housing policies and public safety.  Edward J. Phillips prepared and filed the brief on behalf of the Town.  To read more, follow this link:

http://www.kblaw.com/files/20161012140811-Amicus%20Brief.pdf

(September 14, 2016)
Keane & Beane Assists The City of Beacon Police Department in Closing Department of Justice Investigation

Keane & Beane, P.C. successfully assisted the City of Beacon Police Department (“Beacon P.D.”) in navigating and closing an investigation commenced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The DOJ investigation resulted in the Beacon P.D. and DOJ entering into an Agreement requiring the Beacon P.D. to review and revise certain rules, regulations, procedures and policies under the DOJ’s oversight. Keane & Beane, P.C. attorneys Lance H. Klein and Eric L. Gordon worked closely with members of the Beacon P.D. to modify the rules, regulations, procedures and policies to satisfy the DOJ’s requirements, while protecting the interests of the Beacon P.D.  Messrs. Klein and Gordon also worked with DOJ representatives to address the DOJ’s concerns and respond to various issues.  By letter dated August 9, 2016 the DOJ notified the Beacon P.D. that it was in compliance with all the terms of the Agreement and acknowledged that no further oversight was required.

The letter specifically states that the DOJ “appreciates the collective cooperation and willingness of the men and women of the BPD [Beacon Police Department] to adopt the many recommendations made throughout our investigation, and for accommodating our visits to the BPD and our requests for documents during the compliance period.”  The U.S. Attorney also recognized that the Beacon Police Department has demonstrated substantial improvement with respect to how it interacts with the citizens of the City of Beacon and others on a day to day basis. Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to have assisted in bringing the investigation to a successful conclusion.

(September 12, 2016)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Elected to the NYS Bar Association Executive Committee

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been elected to a one year term on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Environmental Law Section. 

(August 16, 2016)
Richard O'Rourke Named Treasurer of the Westchester County Bar Foundation

Richard L. O'Rourke has been named Treasurer of the Westchester County Bar Foundation ("WBF").  His Term of Office will continue until December 1, 2017.  Established in 1984, the WBF is the charitable arm of the Westchester County Bar Association.  Its goal is to contribute to the improvement of the administration of justice and to encourage a better understanding of the law.  The WBF also recognizes the outstanding service of non-judicial employees of the Ninth Judicial District through the Annual Joseph F. Gagliardi Award For Excellence.  In 2007, the WBF established a two-year public interest law fellowship, which provides legal help to the County's underserved residents, and also provides training to a new lawyer who otherwise might not have the opportunity to do public interest work.  Graduates of Harvard, Elisabeth Haub School of Law of Pace University and St. John's University Law Schools have served as Fellows.  Mr. O'Rourke has served on the WBF Board of Trustees for the past three years, and has been otherwise actively involved professionally, including having previously served as Articles Editor of the Westchester Bar Journal for fourteen years.

(July 01, 2016)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Elected President of the White Plains Bar Association

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been elected President of the White Plains Bar Association for its 2016/2017 term.  Mr. Ward-Willis is a long standing member of the Association and prior to being elected President, he served as Vice-President and Treasurer for the 2014/2015 term. 

(June 30, 2016)
Keane & Beane Continues Its Successful Representation In Obtaining Approvals For A 1.25 Billion Dollar State Of The Art Energy Plant

Keane & Beane, P.C. continues in its representation to bring a 1,000 megawatt, natural gas fire powered plant to the Town of Dover, Dutchess County.  The Facility will produce numerous local and statewide benefits and will restore an abandoned site to a productive use. When operational, the Facility will represent approximately 15% of the Town’s tax base while creating 750 construction jobs and approximately 28 permanent jobs during daily operation. The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) has stated the project is “consistent with the current State Energy Plan, and advances recommendations of Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint to accelerate investments in electric generation to strengthen system reliability while creating jobs and stimulating economic development.”

Richard L. O’Rourke and Jennifer Gray were the attorneys who worked through successful completion of the review process pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and obtaining zoning and planning approvals. Local permitting efforts continue, and the PSC issued, effective April 20, 2016, the “Order Granting Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need.”  Construction is expected to commence the first quarter of 2017.

(June 14, 2016)
Patrick J. O'Sullivan Named Vice President of the Westchester Estate Planning Council

Patrick J. O'Sullivan has been named Vice President of the Westchester Estate Planning Council. Mr. O'Sullivan has been the Director of the Council for the past two years.

(June 01, 2016)
Michael J. Greenberg Published in PIA Magazine

Michael J. Greenberg's article “Estate Plans in Today’s Changing Environment: How Insurance Can Enhance These Plans” has been published in the June 2016 issue of PIA Magazine!

http://www.kblaw.com/files/20160607131103-KB%20PIA%20magazine-June%202016-Michael%20Greeberg%20(2).pdf

(May 21, 2016)
Keane & Beane Sponsors the Hudson Valley 2016 Walk to Cure Arthritis

On May 21, 2016, Keane & Beane, P.C. will once again sponsor the Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis. Keane & Beane, P.C. has been a fully committed supporter of the NY Arthritis Foundation for over 20 years, and a continued sponsor of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk since its inception, eleven years ago, as well as a sponsor to the Arthritis Foundation's Westchester Jingle Bell Run since its inception in 2013.  For further information on joining our team or donating, please do so by visiting our team page at:

www.walktocurearthritis.org/hudsonvalley/keanebeane

(May 19, 2016)
Sarah Steckler, Co-Chairs, Michael Greenberg and Courtney McGowan Host PWJC's Annual Spring Cocktail Party Fundraiser

On May 19, 2016, Sarah A. Steckler will serve as Co-Chair and serve on the Host Committee, along with Michael J. Greenberg and Courtney E. McGowan, for the Pace Women's Justice Center Annual Spring Cocktail Party at Gaucho Grill, White Plains, New York from 5:30-7:30 p.m., benefitting the Pace Woman's Justice Center (PWJC).  The PWJC is Westchester County's leading civil legal services and training provider addressing domestic violence and elder abuse.  Each year, PWJC serves thousands of victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse who can't afford the legal help they need.  The Center's mission is to ensure a just and safe environment for victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.  For more information, please visit http://www.law.pace.edu/pwjc-cocktails   

(May 19, 2016)
Steven A. Schurkman to Chair Senior Law Day

On May 19, 2016, Steven A. Schurkman will Chair the Senior Law Day Program for Westchester Public Private Partnership for Aging Services at the Jefferson Village Community Center at 3480 Hill Boulevard, Yorktown Heights, New York.

(May 12, 2016)
David Glasser Honored by UJA-Federation of NY, Westchester Business and Professional Division

On May 12, 2016, at its 2016 Annual Luncheon, the UJA-Federation of New York, Westchester Business and Professional Division will honor David Glasser.  David is a current Board Member and past Chair to the UJA Federation's Westchester Business and Professional Leaders Division and Vice Chair and Director of UJA-Federation's Benjamin N. Cardozo Society.  A past President of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, he was a member of the Congregation's executive committee and board of trustees for many years.  He currently serves on the boards of the Westchester Chapter of the American Jewish Committee and the Westchester Jewish Council.  David has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the Jewish community and Israel. 

(May 10, 2016)
Joel H. Sachs Appointed Chairman of Statewide Task Force on Zombie Houses

The New York State Bar Association has announced that Joel H. Sachs, Senior Counsel at Keane & Beane, P.C. has been appointed Chairman of a Statewide Task Force to address the issue of Zombie Houses. This subject concerns residential houses in New York State wherein the borrower has defaulted on payments to the lending institution holding the mortgage.  These houses either will be foreclosed by the lender, are in the process of being foreclosed or have already been foreclosed by the lender.  Unfortunately, whatever legal status the Zombie Houses are in, many of them have been abandoned by the occupants and have been left in a state of disrepair.  Aside from the fact that real property taxes have not been paid on the Zombie Houses, such houses have become an eyesore and blight to the community and have resulted in significant decreases in property values of surrounding homes in the municipality itself.  This situation has become a major Statewide issue.

The work of the Task Force will be to increase public awareness of the Zombie Houses problem and recommend legislative, administrative and judicial solutions at both the state and municipal level, and thus reconcile the interests of lenders, impacted homeowners and municipalities.

The Task Force will also be testifying at various hearings to be held by the New York State Legislature and will also be presenting a program at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association to be held in New York City in January 2017. 

Mr. Sachs, in addition to having an extensive real estate, environmental and municipal law practice at Keane & Beane, P.C., is a Past Chairman of both the Real Property Law Section and the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.  He has also served for over thirty years as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York and has lectured and written extensively on real estate, environmental and municipal law issues.

For further information about the Zombie Houses Task Force, kindly contact Joel Sachs at (914) 946-4777 or by email at jsachs@kblaw.com.

(April 19, 2016)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Speaks Before Westchester County Concussion Task Force

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis appeared before the Westchester County Concussion Task Force to discuss the health and safety initiatives that were undertaken by the Somers Youth Sports Organization during his tenure.  Mr. Ward-Willis explained SYSO's efforts to educate athletes, coaches and parents as to concussion training and CPR/ADD training.  The County's Task Force focused on including collaboration between school officials to better treat head injuries.  The Task Force has published the 10 "Best Practices" for concussion awareness which was endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America.

(April 01, 2016)
Jennifer L. Gray has been listed in the New York Metro Region Top Women 2016 Super Lawyers

Keane & Beane, P.C. Member, Jennifer L. Gray has been listed in the New York Metro Region Top Women 2016 Super Lawyers supplement of the New York Times, March 27, 2016 issue. Ms. Gray is noted as a Super Lawyer in the area of Land Use/Zoning. 

(March 08, 2016)
Keane & Beane Successful in Defending School District

On March 7, 2016, the Honorable Richard M. Berman, USDJ, dismissed a motion for summary judgment made by parents against the Pelham Union Free School District, and ordered that judgment be entered on behalf of the School District.  In this action, the Pelham UFSD demonstrated that its recommendation for a special education self-contained program was appropriate for the student in question.  Further, the Pelham UFSD convinced the Court not to expand the Request for Due Process to cover a previous year which the District argued it did not have sufficient notice to defend at the initial hearin.  The Southern District of New York decision, M.H. and S.H., individually and on behalf of S.H. v. Pelham Union Free School District, was handled by Stephanie M. Roebuck, with assistance by Suzanne Volpe. 

A copy of the decision is attached at the link below:

http://www.kblaw.com/files/20160308113343-Pelham%20UFSD%20Decision.pdf

(March 03, 2016)
Stephanie L. Burns Elected President of the Westchester County Bar Association

On March 2, 2016, Stephanie L. Burns was elected by the members of the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) to serve as its President-Elect beginning May 1, 2016.  Ms. Burns is, and has been a member of the Executive Committee for four years - serving as Vice President for three years and Secretary for one year.  Before joining the Executive Committee, Ms. Burns served a three year term on the Board of Directors.  Ms. Burns is also currently Co-Chair of the WCBA Journal and Magazine Committees, a WCBA delegate to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association and an active member of the Association's Municipal Law Section and Strategic Planning, Budget and Finance, Education Law and Women in the Law Committees.  Ms. Burns is a former Co-Chair of the Membership and Diversity Committees of the WCBA.

(March 02, 2016)
Joel H. Sachs Receives Certificate of Appreciation for Service

On March 2, 2016, at the Westchester County Bar Association's (WCBA) Annual Past Presidents' Dinner, Joel H. Sachs received a Certificate of Appreciation for serving as Co-Chair of the WCBA's Judicial Screening Committee for the past three years.

(February 23, 2016)
Sarah A. Steckler Appointed to Older Americans Act Advisory Council (OAAAC)

Sarah A. Steckler has been appointed by Mae Carpenter, Commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) to the Older Americans Act Advisory Council (OAAAC) as an Advisory Council Member for a three (3) year term to provide advice, assistance and recommendations to DSPS on programmatic and policy matters.

(February 03, 2016)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Successfully Defends Suit By Police Officer Seeking GML Section 207-c Benefits

On January 26, 2016, the Honorable Susan Cacace, Acting Justice of the Supreme Court, Westchester County, issued a Decision denying an Article 78 Petition brought by a City of Peekskill Police Officer against the City seeking benefits under General Municipal Law Section 207-c.  Keane & Beane, P.C., on behalf of the City, argued that the Chief of Police had correctly denied the Police Officer's claim for Section 207-c benefits because the Officer failed to follow the collectively bargained procedures for submitting a claim for Section 207-c benefits.  The Decision confirms that police officers are required to comply with all procedural requirements when claiming GML Section 207-c benefits in order to protect the municipalities from potentially frivolous claims.  Lance H. Klein and Eric L. Gordon were lead counsel on behalf of the City.

To review the full decision: 

http://www.kblaw.com/files/20160211152542-LaPercheDecision.pdf

(February 01, 2016)
Immediate Needs Medicaid: New Section Added to Social Services Law

Deepankar Mukerji authored an article that was published in the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, Winter 2016, Vol. 26, No. 1, titled, "Immediate Needs Medicaid: New Section Added to Social Services aw". http://www.nysba.org/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=61488

 

(January 08, 2016)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Successfully Obtains Summary Judgment Dismissing Former Police Officer's Federal Lawsuit

On January 8, 2016, the Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith, United States Magistrate Judge of the Southern District of New York, issued a Decision granting summary judgment in favor of the Village of Spring Valley and the Chief of Police of the Village of Spring Valley, dismissing Plaintiff's claims of First Amendment retaliation, conspiracy to retaliate and malicious prosecution. Plaintiff alleged that he was arrested, criminally charged and terminated from his position as a police officer in retaliation for the exercise of his First Amendment rights.  Plaintiff sought damages in excess of $10 million.  Keane & Beane, P.C., on behalf of the Chief of Police, filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, arguing: Plaintiff failed to demonstrate a causal connection between any alleged exercise of Plaintiff's First Amendmend rights and any subsequent adverse action; that Plaintiff's conspiracy claim was barred by the intra-corporate conspiracy doctrine; and that Plaintiff failed to establish all the necessary elements for a claim for malicious prosecution.  The Decision confirms that the Chief of Police acted appropriately in regard to Plaintiff and did not retaliate against him or otherwise violate his rights.  Lance H. Klein and William Kang represented the Chief of Police on behalf of Keane & Beane, P.C. 

(January 01, 2016)
Jennifer L. Gray and William Kang Become Members of the Firm

Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jennifer L. Gray and William Kang have become Members of the Firm.  Ms. Gray will continue to practice in the areas of planning and zoning, and litigation pertaining to land use, municipal and real estate matters.  Mr. Kang will continue to practice in the areas of labor and employment law, education law and municipal law.

(December 10, 2015)
"Blended Families Need Estate Planning" by Michael J. Greenberg

Michael J. Greenberg's article "Blended Families Need Estate Planning" was published in the Westchester County Business Journal:  http://westfaironline.com/76144/column-blended-families-need-estate-planning/

(December 01, 2015)
Eric L. Gordon Appointed to Town of North Castle Landmarks Preservation Committee

In December 2015, Eric L. Gordon was appointed to the Town of North Castle Landmarks Preservation Committee.

(November 20, 2015)
Joel Sachs Receives Recognition as a "Best Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan Area"

Joel Sachs received recognition in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal as a "Best Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan Area" in the Environmental Law Practice area.  This is the 10th consecutive year that Mr. Sachs has received this recognition. 

(November 09, 2015)
Keane & Beane Sponsors the 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

On December 12, 2015 at Purchase College, Keane & Beane, P.C. will be sponsoring the 2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis for the third consecutive year, as well as participating as Team Keane & Beane.  The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is in its third year in Westchester County and focuses on raising awareness and funds to cure arthritis.  Eric L. Gordon has volunteered to be on the Business Leadership Committee, as well as team captain for Team Keane & Beane.  http://www.jbr.org/westchester/keanebeane

(November 01, 2015)
Eric L. Gordon Appointed to the Chair of the Governance Committee

In November 2015, Eric L. Gordon was appointed to the Chair of the Governance Committee for Legal Service of the Hudson Valley.

(October 27, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Proudly Sponsors the 3rd Annual Gilda's Stair Climb

Keane & Beane, P.C. is proud to sponsor, as it has since its inception, the 3rd Annual Gilda's Stair Climb. Keane & Beane will as well, for the third year, participate as a team.  The Westchester Stair Climb is on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at Westchester One, 44 South Broadway, White Plains, New York.

The mission of Gilda's Club is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer - men, women, teens and children - along with their families and friends. This innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.  Since 2001, Gilda's Club Wetchester has offered support for people whose lives have been touched by cancer. 

Free of charge and non-profit, Gilda's Club Westchester offers networking and support groups, lectures and workshops, and social activities in a non-residential, yet home-like setting. 

The club was named in tribute to comic actress Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

https://friendraising2.donorpro.com/campaigns/118/team/949

(October 20, 2015)
Steven A. Schurkman Chairs Senior Law Day 2015

On October 20, 2015, Steven A. Schurkman Chaired the 16th Annual Senior Law Day at the Westchester County Center and Associate Sarah A. Steckler was named Program Manager. Senior Law Day is a free event providing workshops for seniors, their families and caregivers. 

In addition to Chairing Senior Law Day, Mr. Schurkman lectured on "The Nuts and Bolts of Estate and Elder Law Planning" and conducting one-on-one pro bono sessions, along with associates Sarah Steckler, Ivan Sperber and Michael Greenberg.

 Visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors for further information.

(October 12, 2015)
Deepankar Mukerji's Article "New Law Provides For Quicker Access to Medicaid Home Care" Appears in Westfair Communications

Deepankar Mukerji authored an article discussing a significant law to speed up the Medicaid process for obtaining home care services in the October 12, 2015 publication of Westfair Communications (westfaironline.com).

http://westfaironline.com/74958/column-new-law-provides-for-quicker-access-to-medicaid-home-care/

(October 06, 2015)
Jennifer L. Gray Elected as Co-Chair of the WCBA Municipal Law Section

Jennifer L. Gray was recently elected as Co-Chair of the Westchester County Bar Association's Municipal Law Section.

(October 06, 2015)
Jennifer L. Gray and William S. Kang Selected as Rising Stars

Keane & Beane, P.C. associates, Jennifer L. Gray and William S. Kang, were selected as 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Stars.

(September 30, 2015)
Joel H. Sachs Appointed As WCBA Co-Chair of Judicial Screening Commission

Joel H. Sachs has been appointed as Co-Chair to the Judicial Screening Commission of the Westchester County Bar Association.  The Commission interviews and rates all individuals running for Supreme Court (9th Judicial District), Westchester County Surrogate, County and Family Court positions and White Plains and Yonkers judiciary positions. 

(September 09, 2015)
"Keane & Beane - Building Strong Communities" by Jennifer L. Gray Appears in the August 31, 2015 Regional Resource Guide of the Westchester County Business Journal/Fairfield County Business Journal

Jennifer L. Gray's advertorial entitled, "Keane & Beane - Building Strong Communities," was published in the August 31, 2015 Regional Resource Guide of the Westchester County Business Journal/Fairfield County Business Journal/HV Biz. Regarding Keane & Beane's contributions, Ms. Gray states, "Just as it contributes to the responsible physical and economic development of the community through its legal representation of developers, commercial landlords and tenants, business and municipalities, the attorneys at Keane & Beane, P.C. enjoys building strong communities through their civil and social contributions."

(September 01, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C., Acting As Pro Bono Co-Counsel, Obtains Order Revoking Letters of Administration

On September 1, 2015, Keane & Beane, P.C. acting as pro bono co-counsel for an indigent Petitioner, in conjunction with attorneys from the Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, obtained an Order from the Westchester County Surrogates Court on behalf of Petitioner revoking letters of administration improperly issued to a third-party based upon allegations that the third-party was ineligible due to her marital status, dishonest conduct and other factors.  Surrogate Sall immediately removed the third-party as administrator and recognizing our client's urgent need for relief allowed Petitioner to be named as administrator of his brother's estate.  This result will allow Petitioner to remain in his brother's apartment, which was the sole asset of his brother's estate. 

Christopher Aventuro, Esq. and Eric Gordon, Esq. acted as lead counsel in this proceeding.

(September 01, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Obtains Decision, Order and Judgment Dismissing Article 78 Proceeding

On September 1, 2015, Keane & Beane, P.C. obtained a Decision, Order and Judgment from the Westchester County Supreme Court dismissing an Article 78 proceeding filed against the Mamaroneck Beach & Yacht Club (the "Club") seeking to nullify Letters Patent issued by the New York State Office of Governmental Services to the Club in October 2014.  The Letters Patent confirmed the Club's ownership of a one-half acre of land that lies immediately adjacent to other land owned by the Club, which ownership was questioned by several vociferous neighboring property owners, who are and have been opposed to the Club's proposed redevelopment plans.  This is just the latest in a string of victories involving the Club over its opponents in the last ten years. 

Eric Gordon, Esq. acted as lead counsel for the Club in this proceeding.

(August 28, 2015)
Richard L. O'Rourke Honored by Election to The Fellows of The New York Bar Foundation

Richard L. O'Rourke has been honored by Election to The Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation.

The Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation are members of the bench and bar who are recognized for outstanding professional achievement and for dedication to the legal profession.  Election is limited to no more than one percent of New York State Bar Association membership in each of the Sate's 13 judicial districts, plus 100 at-large members.

(August 11, 2015)
Ronald A. Longo Elected President Of NY MASLA For 2015-2016

Ronald A. Longo has been elected President of NY Masla for the term year 2015-2016. 

MASLA is the only association in NY State that is dedicated to advocating management's position on public sector labor relations issues.  This includes teacher negotiations, arbitration, grievances and contract negotiations.  MASLA has approximately 400 members from all areas of NY State.  Membership includes superintentendents of schools, human resource administrators and attorneys specializing in education and labor relations law and labor relations specialists.

(August 03, 2015)
"IRA Beneficiary Trusts Can Strengthen Estate Plans" By Michael Greenberg Appears on Westfaironline.com on August 3, 2015

http://westfaironline.com/73270/column-ira-beneficiary-trusts-can-strengthen-estate-plans/

(June 29, 2015)
Nicholas M. Ward Willis Elected Vice President of White Plains Bar Association

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been elected Vice President of the White Plains Bar Association ("WPBA").  Mr. Ward-Willis has been a member of the WPBA for over ten years and previously served as its Treasurer.  The WPBA was founded in 1947 and offers professionalism, collegiality and service to the Bar and the City of White Plains.  More information about the WPBA can be found at www.wpbar.org.

(June 16, 2015)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Fundraises For Purchase of AEDs For Youth Sports

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis is President of Somers Youth Sports Organization ("SYSO"), where he has started a fundraising campaign to raise awareness for CPR/AED/concussion training in youth sports.  Already SYSO has trained over 250 coaches and purchased 10 AEDs.  Through Mr. Ward-Willis' efforts, Keane & Beane, P.C. has acquired an AED and has offered CPR training to its staff for over two years.

See the attached for the full story and further information.  http://www.kblaw.com/files/20150616125014-SR201506115%20NMW%20Defrib.pdf

(June 03, 2015)
Patrick J. O'Sullivan Installed as Secretary of Estate Planning Council

On June 3, 2015, Patrick J. O'Sullivan was installed as Secretary of Estate Planning Council of Westchester County.

(June 01, 2015)
Firm Manager, Barbara Durkin Celebrates 35 Years With Keane & Beane, P.C.

On June 1, 2015, Barbara Durkin celebrated her 35th anniversary with Keane & Beane, P.C.  Barbara has been with Keane & Beane since its inception in 1980.  Barbara is the firm's manager and oversees all operations of the firm.

(June 01, 2015)
Eric L. Gordon Elected Director and Treasurer

In June 2015, Eric L. Gordon was elected Director and Treasurer of the Hudson Valley Justice Center.

(May 19, 2015)
William Kang Awarded WCBS's New Lawyers Leadership Award

On May 19, 2015, Keane & Beane, P.C. Associate William Kang was awarded the New Lawyers Leadership Award by the Westchester County Bar Association.  The New Lawyers Leadership Award is awarded to new lawyers who demonstrate excellent leadership qualities either in their legal careers or in their communities.

(May 02, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Sponsors the 2015 Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk

On May 2, 2015, Keane & Beane, P.C. will once again sponsor the Hudson Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis.  Keane & Beane, P.C. has been a fully committed supporter of the NY Arthritis Foundation for 20 years, and a continued sponsor of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk since its inception, ten years ago.  Keane & Beane, P.C. is thrilled to celebrate this 10th year anniversary with the Arthritis Foundation.  If you are interested in supporting or joining the Keane & Beane team, please do so by visiting our team page at:  http://www.walktocurearthritis.hv.kintera.org/faf/search/searchTeamPart.asp?ievent=1121337&team=6351518

(May 01, 2015)
Keane & Beane Celebrates 35 Years on May 1, 2015

We thank our clients, friends and professional colleagues for their trust and support throughout the years.  As we observe this milestone, we remain committed to providing the highest level of service to business, individuals, families, school districts, municipalities and non-profit organizations in the Hudson Valley and beyond.

(April 30, 2015)
Sarah Steckler Participates on Host Committee for Pace Women's Justice Center's Cocktails for a Cause

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Sarah Steckler will participate on the Host Committee of Cocktails for a Cause, benefiting Pace Women's Justic Center's (PWJC) CARE Program.  The CARE Program helps to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse.

(April 28, 2015)
Vidya Singh Promoted to Paralegal

Keane & Beane, P.C. is proud to announce that Vidya Singh has been promoted to a paralegal position assisting in the education law, municipal law and litigation and dispute resolution departments.

Vidya first started working at Keane & Beane, P.C. in 2011 through the Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) Diversity Committee's Summer Intern Program.  She received her Paralegal Certificate from Pace University and earned an Associate Degree from Berkeley College in Criminal Justice.

(April 22, 2015)
Michael J. Greenberg Joins Keane & Beane, P.C. as an Associate

Keane & Beane welcomes a new associate, Michael J. Greenberg, as part of its Trusts and Estates, Elder Law and Transactional departments. 

Mr. Greenberg, has served as a Second Lieutenant/Judge Advocate in the New York Guard - 13th Legal Support Detachment, 14th Bridge since 2012, where he has provided free legal services for soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and their families, and will continue to serve in this capacity.  He is a graduate of Emory University School of Law, brings several years of experience to Keane & Beane, P.C., and is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut and Florida.

(April 13, 2015)
Eric L. Gordon Appointed Director and Treasurer of Hudson Valley Justice Center

Eric L. Gordon has been appointed a Director and Treasurer of a new not-for-profit entity called the "Hudson Valley Justice Center".  The Hudson Valley Justice Center provides free legal services for certain undocumented individuals residing in the Hudson Valley. 

(April 01, 2015)
Eric L. Gordon Elected Chairman of Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

Eric L. Gordon was elected Chairman of the Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley ("LSHV").  LSHV offers free civil legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney, and serves Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan Counties.

(February 25, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Serves as Gold Sponsor of the Pace Law School 20th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner

Keane & Beane, P.C. is honored to continue its longstanding support for Pace Law School by participating in the upcoming 20th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at Westchester Country Club.  Pace Law School will recognize the Honorable Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York, and Alumnus Andrew V. Tung, ASLA, Esq., LEED, AP as its honorees.  Keane & Beane, P.C. will serve as a Gold Sponsor for this event.  Judson K. Siebert is once again serving as a Committee Member for the Annual Dinner.  Richard L. O’Rourke is serving as a Dinner Chair and has been asked to provide the introductory remarks for Mr. Tung.  The Leadership Awards Dinner supports student and faculty programs at Pace Law School.

(February 25, 2015)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Serves as Sponsor and Participant in the 2015 Gilda's Climb

On February 26, 2015, Keane & Beane, P.C. will again be a proud sponsor and participant of the 2nd Annual Gilda's Stair Climb at Westchester One, 44 South Broadway, White Plains.  Gilda's Club Westchester, named after famous comedian Gilda Radner, offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events for families affected by all types of cancer.

(January 01, 2015)
Andrew P. Tureaud Becomes Member of Keane & Beane, P.C.

Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that Andrew P. Tureaud, Esq. has become a Member of the Firm.  Mr. Tureaud will continue to practice in the areas of real property title disputes, creditor's rights, litigation, foreclosure, landlord-tenant disputes, commercial litigation, lease negotiation and residential real property conveyances.

(January 01, 2015)
Joel H. Sachs Named in 2015 Best Lawyers Magazine (NY Times)

Joel H. Sachs was named in the 2015 Best Lawyers Magazine (a special advertising supplement to the New York Times) as one of New York's best Environmental Law attorneys.

(November 19, 2014)
Edward and Eva Beane Honored

On November 20, 2014, the Child Abuse Prevention Center will be honoring Edward and Eva Beane with the Founder's Award at its unveiling of April's Child Gala Reception.

(September 23, 2014)
Judson Siebert Named Corporate Chair of the 2014 Jingle Bell Run 5k Run/Walk

Judson K. Siebert has been named the 2014 Corporate Chair of the New York Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run 5K Run/Walk to be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Purchase College in Purchase, NY.  Keane & Beane, P.C. has proudly supported the NY Arthritis Foundation for over 20 years!  For further information, www.wcjbr.kintera.org/teamkeaneandbeane 

(September 23, 2014)
On October 3, 2014, Keane & Beane Participated in National Denim Day

Lee National Denim Day is a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans where participants donate $5 or more in exchange for wearing jeans to work. Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day participants have raised more than $91 million for the fight against breast cancer and with your help, we hope to add even more to that total. Funds will support the American Cancer Society and their breast cancer programs and services.

(September 11, 2014)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Contributes To Economic Development In the Mid-Hudson Valley

On behalf of its clients, Keane & Beane, P.C. has had recent success in advancing significant land use projects in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties. 

  • Putnam County:  In the Town of Southeast, a zoning amendment, special permit, and site plan approval for Brewster Honda concluded in September 2014.  A-State-of-the-Art Vehicle Preparation and Maintenance Center on a 13 acre parcel at the intersection of I-84 and I-684 will complement the Brewster Honda showroom located across the street on NYS Route 22.

  • Westchester County:  In the Town of Mount Pleasant, an application for a 128,564 square foot building and parking structure continues to advance towards approval on the Landmark at Eastview Campus.  Although classified as a Type I action under the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA"), indicating that it is more likely the proposal may have a significant impact on the environment, the Town adopted a declaration of non-significance (Neg. Dec.) meaning a draft environmental impact statement need not be prepared.  This allows the approval process to proceed expeditiously, and final approvals are anticipated within one month.

  • Dutchess County:  In the Town of East Fishkill, final subdivision, site plan and special permit approvals were obtained, after the rezoning of property from residential to commercial.  The approvals will permit three buildings, totaling 23,675 square feet at the intersection of NYS Route 52 and Palen Road.

These approvals were obtained as with Brewster Honda and Landmark at Eastview, without the necessity of preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) because of incorporation of meaningful mitigation measures minimizing impacts.

Attorneys Richard L. O'Rourke and Jennifer Gray worked on these approvals.

(September 03, 2014)
Steven A. Schurkman Chairs the 15th Annual Senior Law Day

On October 29, 2014, Steven A. Schurkman will Chair the 15th Annual Senior Law Day at the Westchester County Center.  Senior Law Day is a free event providing workshops for seniors, their familes and caregivers.  Visit www.westchestergov.com/seniors for further information and registration.

In addition to Chairing Senior Law Day, Mr. Schurkman will be lecturing on "The Nuts and Bolts of Estate and Elder Law Planning".  Deepankar Mukerji will be speaking at the program entitled "Estate and Elder Law Planning With and Without Long Term Care Insurance".  Sarah Steckler will be conducting pro bono sessions wtiht the public on legal issues affecting seniors.

(August 18, 2014)
Ivan F. Sperber Joins Keane & Beane, P.C.

Keane & Beane is pleased to announce that Ivan F. Sperber has joined the firm as a transactional associate, working in the real estate and estate planning departments.  Mr. Sperber is admitted in New York and New Jersey and graduated cum laude from Fordham University School of Law. 

(July 22, 2014)
Courtney E. McGowan Joins Keane & Beane, P.C. as an Associate

Keane & Beane welcomes a new associate, Courtney E. McGowan, as part of its litigation team.  Ms. McGowan, a graduate of State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, brings several years of experience, most recently working for the Orange County District Attorney's Office for over three years. Ms. McGowan's practice will concentrate in general litigation, muncipal law and zoning and land use issues. 

(June 27, 2014)
Sarah A. Steckler Speaks at "Successful Aging: It's Everybody's Business" Conference

On June 27, 2014, Sarah A. Steckler was a featured speaker in the “How to Recognize and Prevent Financial Fraud and Elder Abuse Program” at the Successful Aging: It’s Everybody’s Business Conference at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.

Ms. Steckler spoke on the threat of financial fraud posed by someone you know with distinguished panel members Gary S. Brown, Esq., the Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the Westchester Regional Office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Susan Ferlauto, Esq., a Senior Staff Attorney at the Pace Women’s Justice Center, Elder Justice Unit, and Miriam Scholl, LMSW the founder of Westchester Elder Care Consultants, LLC.  Other topics covered included threat of financial fraud posed by people you don’t know; how to avoid becoming a victim, misuse of power of attorney, warning signs of physical and emotional abuse and more.  Resources to address abuse and assist victims were also discussed.

Visit https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1540458 for further information.

(June 04, 2014)
Patrick J. O'Sullivan Elected as Director of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, Inc.

On June 4, 2014 Patrick J. O'Sullivan was elected a Director of the Estate Planning Countil of Westchester County, Inc. by its members to serve a three year term expiring in June 2017.

(May 19, 2014)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Quoted in the LoHud Article About Religious Groups and Land Use Law

In its May 17, 2014 article, "Communities Pay High Price When Religious Groups Invoke Land-Use Law", LoHud (The Journal News, a Gannett Company) quoted Nicholas Ward-Willis:

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/2014/05/17/communities-pay-high-price-religious-groups-invoke-land-use-law/9237531/

(May 15, 2014)
Stephanie L. Burns Sworn in for 2nd Term as Vice President of the Westchester County Bar Association

On May 15, 2014, Stephanie L. Burns was sworn in for a 2nd Term as Vice President to the Westchester County Bar Association.

(April 22, 2014)
Jennifer L. Gray Selected as a "Rising Star: 40 Under 40"

Jennifer L. Gray has been selected as "Rising Star: 40 Under 40" by the Business Council of Westchester.  Each year, the Business Council of Westchester selects 40 individuals who work in Westchester County and exemplify leadership, foresight and a vision for the future of the County to receive its 40 Under 40 award.  Ms. Gray was selected amongst a pool of over 100 nominees and will receive the award during a ceremony to be held on June 12, 2014. 

(March 31, 2014)
"The Future of Long Term Care" by Deep Mukerji Appears in the Westchester County Business Journal on April 1, 2014

http://westfaironline.com/61826/medicaid-managed-care-and-beyond/#comments

(January 28, 2014)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Obtains A Decision In Federal Court Granting Motion To Dismiss All Federal And State Law Claims

On behalf of its client, the White Plains Housing Authority (“Housing Authority”), Keane & Beane, P.C. obtained a decision in federal court granting its motion to dismiss all federal and state law claims in Chamberlain v. City of White Plains, --- F.Supp.2d ----, 2013 WL 6477334 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 10, 2013).

In this case, Plaintiff alleged the defendants, including the Housing Authority, violated his federal civil rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 based upon Monell liability.  Specifically, Plaintiff alleged that the injuries sustained were the result of an alleged policy, practice, custom or usage of the Housing Authority to provide to the White Plains Police Department (“Police Department”) the master keys to the apartments of its tenants.  In addition to his federal claims, Plaintiff brought state law claims against the Housing Authority for conscious pain and suffering, wrongful death and negligence.  In connection with his claims, Plaintiff alleged that the Housing Authority, by providing a master key to the Police Department to its apartments, proximately caused injury to Plaintiff.

As reflected in the Opinion and Order, Keane & Beane, P.C. successfully demonstrated that Plaintiff failed to establish the necessary “direct causal link” between the Housing Authority’s alleged provision to the Police Department of the master keys to the apartments of its tenants and the purported violations of Plaintiff’s constitutional rights at issue in this case. The Court explained that “[t]o claim that the officers' possession of the master key somehow proximately caused Chamberlain's injuries is implausible.”  Accordingly, the Court dismissed the Monell claim for failure to state a claim.

Based upon the same rationale — lack of causation — the Court also dismissed the state law claims against the Housing Authority. The Court found that the Housing Authority’s alleged decision to provide the Police Department with a master key to its tenants’ apartments did not proximately cause Plaintiff’s injuries, and accordingly, Plaintiff failed to make out a claim for negligence against the Housing Authority.  The Court further explained that since the Housing Authority committed no underlying wrong against Plaintiff, the conscious pain and suffering and wrongful death claims also failed as a matter of law. Accordingly, the Court dismissed the state law claims in their entirety.

The Housing Authority was represented by Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg.

(January 28, 2014)
Joel H. Sachs Named Judge at Mock Trial

Joel H. Sachs will be a judge at a mock oral argument before an Appellate Court of the State of New York at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Bar Association, on the issue of whether a municipality in New York State can amend its zoning ordinance to ban fracking for natural gas.  The arguments will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Environmental Law Section at the New York Hilton Hotel in New York City, on January 31, 2014.  For further information please contact the New York State Bar Association at (518) 463-3200.

(December 17, 2013)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Settles Record-Setting RLUIPA Case For $6.5 Million

The Town of Greenburgh, NY, has agreed to pay $6.5 million to the Fortress Bible Church to end a 10-year litigation.  The settlement follows a 206-page U.S. District Court decision, which was affirmed by a federal appeals court, holding the Town liable for violating the Church’s Constitutional and statutory religious exercise rights.  The settlement amount is believed to be the largest in the nation for a land use case involving intentional discrimination against a religious institution.

Keane & Beane, P.C. announces that a settlement has been approved by the Town Board for the Town of Greenburgh to end the long-running litigation between the Town and the Fortress Bible Church.  The Town Board voted to approve the settlement at a public meeting held on December 16, 2013.

The Church filed the litigation in 2003 after the Town blocked its efforts to build a new sanctuary and religious school on vacant land it had purchased in the Town.  Under the terms of settlement, the Town will pay $6.5 million to the Church, and all future building permit fees payable by the Church will be calculated based upon historical (2002) rates.  The settlement amount of $6.5 million is believed to be the largest ever paid by a municipality in a case involving the Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLUIPA”), which forbids discrimination against religious institutions in land use matters.

The Church won a decisive victory following a lengthy bench trial in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The District Court issued a 206-page decision that chronicled the Town’s intentionally discriminatory conduct and held that the Church was entitled to recover compensatory damages for the violation of its constitutional rights.  In 2012, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court’s decision in its entirety, rejecting every challenge posed by the Town.  The appellate decision addressed issues of first impression nationally and within the Second Circuit.  The Second Circuit’s opinion resolved several novel and complex issues of federal law, all in favor of the Church.  At the time of the settlement, the parties had been litigating in the District Court over the amount of damages and attorney’s fees that the Town would be required to pay to the Church.

Keane & Beane, P.C. partners Nicholas M. Ward-Willis and Edward J. Phillips represented the Church 

(December 10, 2013)
Keane & Beane, P.C. is now on Twitter!

Keane & Beane, PC is now on Twitter!  Follow us at

(October 26, 2013)
Ronald A. Longo Speaks at NYS School Board Association Annual Convention

On October 26, 2013, Ronald A. Longo was a featured speaker at the New York State School Board Association Annual Convention in Rochester, New York.  Mr. Longo spoke on the topic of how school boards should negotiate employment agreements with their superintendents and the legal requirements for such agreements.

(October 16, 2013)
Steven Schurkman Honored by Pace Women's Justice Center

On October 16, 2013, Steven A. Schurkman will be honored at the Pace Women's Justice Center annual benefit dinner, "Making a Difference: Pursuing Justice for Westchester Aging Community".  Member David Glasser Co-Chairs the event.

(October 07, 2013)
Keane & Beane Participates in Gilda's Club Westchester Stair Climb

On October 7, 2013, Keane & Beane, P.C. was a proud sponsor and participant in the 2013 Gilda's Club Westchester Stair Climb held at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains.  Gilda's Club Westchester, named after famous comedian Gilda Radner, offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops and social events for families affected by all types of cancer. 

(October 01, 2013)
Firm Announces 2013 Super Lawyers

Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that three of its lawyers have been named to the Metro Super Lawyers List as top attorneys in New York for 2013.

Richard L. O’Rourke in the area of Land Use/Zoning

Joel H. Sachs in the areas of Environmental Law and Real Estate

Steven A. Schurkman in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate

No more than 5 Percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

The awards were also recognized in the October 7, 2013 Westchester County Business Journal.

(September 30, 2013)
Steven A. Schurkman Authors Article in the Westchester County Business Journal

Steven A. Schurkman authored an article in the Westchester County Business Journal's September 30, 2013 issue, discussing powers of attorney and legislation in effect since 2010.

(September 01, 2013)
Eric L. Gordon Authors Article in NYSBA Municipal Publication

Eric L. Gordon authored an article in the NYSBA Municipal Lawyer Winter/Spring 2013 Publication, Vol. 27, No. 1, discussing recent developments in recent cases concerning the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.

(July 09, 2013)
Jennifer L. Gray named Corresponding Secretary for the Westchester Women's Bar Association

Jennifer L. Gray was recently installed as Corresponding Secretary for the Westchester Women’s Bar Association (WWBA).  Ms. Gray also serves as co-chair to several WWBA committees.  The WWBA is one of the largest chapters of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY), which advances the social, economic and legal status for women through the law, expands opportunities for women and promotes the equal administration of justice for all.

(May 04, 2013)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Nominated as 2013 Corporate Chair of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk

Mr. Ward-Willis is honored to accept his nomination as the 2013 Corporate Chair of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk at Thomas Bull Memorial Park on May 4, 2013.  Keane & Beane, P.C. has been a fully committed supporter of the NY Arthritis Foundation for almost 20 years and a sponsor of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk since its inception seven years ago.  If you are interested in supporting the Keane & Beane team, please do so by visiting our team page at

or contact Mr. Ward-Willis at nward-willis@kblaw.com for more information or to form your own team.

(May 04, 2013)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Sponsors the 2013 Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk

Keane & Beane, P.C. will again sponsor the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk.  Keane & Beane, P.C. has been a fully committed supporter of the NY Arthritis Foundation for almost 20 years and a sponsor of the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk since its inception seven years ago.  If you are interested in supporting the Keane & Beane team, please do so by visiting our team page at

or contact Ellen DeVito at edevito@kblaw.com for more information or to form your own team.

(April 02, 2013)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Contributes to Housing Approvals in Mid-Hudson Valley

In March, 2013, Keane & Beane, P.C. was successful in obtaining approvals for two significant land-use projects in the Mid-Hudson Valley,.  In Dutchess County, on behalf of Toll Brothers, approvals were obtained for construction of 225 dwellings (132 detached and 93 attached) on 150 acres in the Town of Wappinger.  The project required both legislative and administrative action; zoning amendments, site plan and subdivision approvals from the Town of Wappinger were required and obtained.  Richard L. O’Rourke served as lead counsel with the assistance of Jennifer Gray, who prepared the petition to amend the Town of Wappinger Zoning Code.  In Putnam County, special use permit and site plan approvals were obtained for the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement to construct a new 29,270 square foot Friary (Residence) for the Friars at Graymoor, located in Garrison, New York.  Richard L. O’Rourke served as counsel to the project.

(March 07, 2013)
Christopher Aventuro Authors Article on Westfaironlin.com: Taking Precautions to Protect the Elderly

Christopher Aventuro published an article in the Westchester County Business Journal guiding the elderly and their loved ones on how to prevent fraud, with planning and precautions recommendations in three areas.

http://westfaironline.com/52587/taking-precautions-to-protect-the-elderly/

 

(February 25, 2013)
Keane & Beane’s Successful Representation of $985 Million State-of-the-Art Energy Plant

Keane & Beane, P.C. has been successful in its representation of a proposal to bring a 1,000 megawatt, natural gas fired power plant to the area.  The project is a joint effort by Cricket Valley’s parent company, Advanced Power AG of Switzerland, and GE Energy, LLC, a subsidiary of General Electric Corp.  The Town of Dover has granted a zoning amendment, special permit and site plan approval for the project.  In addition, variances were obtained from the Town’s Zoning Board of Appeals to permit the project to go forward.  The State Public Service Commission has granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, the last PSC approval the plant needs.  The project is “consistent with the current State Energy Plan,” the PSC said in a statement, “and advances recommendations of Governor Cuomo’s Energy Highway Blueprint to accelerate investments in electric generation to strengthen system reliability while creating jobs and stimulating economic development.” 

Cricket Valley estimates the project cost will exceed $985 Million ($985,000,000.00), will create over 300 construction jobs and 28 permanent jobs during operation.  With approvals in place, construction is anticipated to commence in 2014. 

Richard L. O’Rourke and Jennifer L. Gray were the attorneys who worked in connection with obtaining the zoning and planning approvals.  The approvals culminated a thorough environmental review process in which the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) served as Lead Agency for purposes of review pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA).

(February 19, 2013)
KEANE & BEANE, P.C. OBTAINS $3.4 MILLION JUDGMENT

On January 28, 2013, the Honorable Alan D. Scheinkman, presiding Justice in the Commercial Division, Westchester County, issued a 32 page Decision awarding a $2.2 million judgment, along with statutory interest, in favor of the plaintiff in a civil action who was represented by Keane & Beane, P.C. attorneys Eric L. Gordon, Lance H. Klein and Patrick J. O’Sullivan.  With interest, the total award exceeds $3.4 million.  The case concerned a dispute between the members of a limited liability corporation and the wrongful conversion of proceeds received by the LLC as result of a transaction involving the sale of a recently constructed luxury apartment building located on the Byram River in Port Chester, New York called The Mariner.  Keane & Beane asserted on behalf of its client that Defendants had misappropriated the proceeds from the real estate action in question and used them for his personal benefit.  Following a five day trial, Judge Scheinkman found that the Defendants, including an individual who operated one of the LLC’s members and several of his wholly owned companies, had purposefully failed to disclose information regarding the real estate transaction and had improperly and purposefully converted proceeds from the transaction which belonged to our client.  The Court also specifically found that the individual defendant in question was liable based on wrongful acts taken for his personal benefit and under the piercing the corporate veil theory.

(February 08, 2013)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Goes "Red" Friday

On February 1, 2013, Keane & Beane, P.C. participated in "Go Red for Women" in support of the American Heart Association.  All staff members enjoyed a fun day while making a contribution to a worthwhile organization.

(January 22, 2013)
Eric L. Gordon Authors Article on Westfaironline.com: Courts No Rubber Stamp on Environmental Reviews

Eric Gordon published an article in the Article in the Westchester County Business Journal confirming that courts will not passively rubber stamp SEQRA determinations and will carefully examine whether a municipality has overstepped its review authority. 

http://westfaironline.com/50249/courts-no-rubber-stamp-on-environmental-reviews/

(January 15, 2013)
Joel Sachs Named WCBA Guest of Honor

Joel Sachs has been named the Guest of Honor at the 2013 Westchester County Bar Association's Annual Meeting and Past Presidents' Dinner to be held on March 19, 2013.

(October 30, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Recognized By The Westchester County Bar Association

On October 24, 2012, Keane & Beane, P.C. was recognized by the Westchester County Bar Association (“WCBA”) for helping to expand the horizons of diverse high school students by providing paid internships through the Summer Intern Program of its Diversity Committee.

(October 26, 2012)
Firm Announces Two Super Lawyers for 2012

Keane & Beane P.C. is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers have been named to the Metro Super LawyersList as top attorneys in New York for 2012.

Joel H. Sachs in the area of Environmental Law

Steven A. Schurkman in the area of Estate Planning

No more than 5 Percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

(October 07, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Successful In “Border War” Litigation Involving Redevelopment Of Former GM Assembly Plant Site

The Village of Sleepy Hollow and General Motors recently prevailed in a lawsuit brought by the neighboring Village of Tarrytown contesting the redevelopment of the former GM assembly plant.  The approval of the Lighthouse Landing mixed-use development project was the culmination of an eight (8) year review process that entailed over 50 public meetings and hearings and the adoption of a detailed Environmental Findings Statement.  Tarrytown challenged the project approvals claiming, inter alia, that Sleepy Hollow failed to take a “hard look” at its traffic impacts in Tarrytown pursuant to SEQRA. The Supreme Court, Westchester County adopted many of Sleepy Hollow’s arguments and held it was “unreasonable” for Tarrytown to dispute the traffic mitigation measures specified in the Sleepy Hollow’s Environmental Findings Statement, when Tarrytown had incorporated the same measures in approving a significant waterfront development located within its borders.  The Court found that Sleepy Hollow engaged in a comprehensive review and took the required “hard look” at environmental impacts associated with the redevelopment of the GM property. 

Joel H. Sachs, Nicholas M. Ward-Willis and Jennifer L. Gray were principally involved in the litigation of this matter on behalf of the Village of Sleepy Hollow.  Keane & Beane, P.C. also represented the Village as Special Counsel during the course of the redevelopment approval process.

(October 01, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Obtains US Court of Appeals Confirmation of Trial Victory in Land Use/Civil Rights Cases

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has confirmed on all counts a lower court decision obtained by Keane and Beane, P.C. on behalf of its clients, a local church and its pastor.  The Opinion in Fortress Bible Church v. Feiner, et al.,  694 F.3d 208 (2d Cir. 2012),  affirms that the Town of Greenburgh, New York violated the plaintiffs’ rights by intentionally and in bad faith obstructing and attempting to “kill” the Church’s land use application to build a combined sanctuary and religious school.  The Court rejected every argument proffered by the Town as it upheld the detailed factual findings made in the trial court’s 206-page decision.  The Second Circuit’s opinion, which addresses several legal issues of first impression, now paves the way for the Church’s construction of a new sanctuary and school facilities

The appellate decision is the most recent milestone in a protracted legal battle involving the construction by the Church on a parcel it purchased in 1998 on which it proposes uses permitted as of right under the Greenburgh Town Code. The development application dragged on for more than 4 ½ years before the Church finally resorted to litigation in an effort to have the Town process its application in a timely and fair manner and to refrain from further conduct aimed at delaying the project.  Following a 26 day trial and on a record of more than 4000 pages, the trial court issued a scathing decision and order in 2010 which directed the Town to permit the Church’s proposed development, included an award of sanctions against the Town for destruction of evidence and found the plaintiffs entitled to compensatory damages.

In the first treatment of the matter by any Federal appellate court, the Second Circuit held that environmental review by a municipality which is intertwined with, and a primary vehicle for making, zoning decisions is considered application of a zoning law within the purview of RLUIPA. The Court reasoned that, to hold otherwise, would be to allow a municipality to evade liability by simply re-characterizing its zoning decisions as environmental determinations.  In the Constitutional Law arena, the Court addressed another issue of first impression within the Second Circuit in “class-of-one” Equal Protection challenges. The Court determined that where, as the Church did in this case, a plaintiff presents multiple comparators treated differently as to specific, discrete concerns in the absence of a plausible explanation for the disparities, such a claim can succeed.

In a related matter, Keane & Beane, P.C. also successfully opposed the Town’s efforts to bar an award of damages.  The United States District Court, before which the damages issue remains, confirmed in a decision issued September 19, 2012 that plaintiffs may recover monetary damages.  The parties continue to litigate the amount of damages to be awarded.

Our clients are represented by Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, who represented the Church throughout the land use process and at trial and Edward J. Phillips, who assisted on the briefs.  

The full text of the Second Circuit Opinion is available at:

http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/be40ed86-5acf-474c-9be2-4cefad016aaa/1/doc/10-3634_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/be40ed86-5acf-474c-9be2-4cefad016aaa/1/hilite/

(September 04, 2012)
Joel H. Sachs Included in The 19th Edition Of “The Best Lawyers in America”

Keane & Beane, P.C.’s Principal Member Joel Sachs has been included in “The Best Lawyers in America, 19th edition” for his work in the practice areas of Environmental Law and Litigation- Environmental. 

Selection for Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprised of more than 4 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country.  The annual Best Lawyers publication has been described by the The Americans Lawyer as “the most respected refer-al list of attorneys in practice.”

(August 09, 2012)
Richard L. O’Rourke Named to the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Bar Foundation, Inc.

Richard L. O’Rourke has been named to the Board of Directors of the Westchester County Bar Foundation, Inc. (“WCBF”).  WCBF is the charitable arm of the Westchester County Bar Association, with a goal to contribute to the improvement of the administration of justice and to encourage a better public understanding of the law.  The Foundation also recognizes the outstanding service of non-judicial employees in the Ninth Judicial District through the annual Joseph F. Gagliardi Award for Excellence, and in conjunction with the Westchester County Bar Association, annually grants the Westchester County Bar Outstanding Law Student Award.

(August 07, 2012)
Ronald A. Longo Elected to the Board of Directors of MASLA

Ronald A. Longo has been elected to the Board of Directors of Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs ("MASLA").  MASLA is the only association in New York State that is dedicated to advocating management's position on public sector labor relations issues.  This includes teacher negotiations, arbitrations, grievances and contract negotiations.  Members of MASLA are a network of professionals and experts with experience and knowledge in all aspects of negotiations and school district labor relations.

(July 17, 2012)
Joel H. Sachs Selected By NYU Real Estate Institute to Teach Real Estate Master Class

Joel H. Sachs has been selected to teach a Real Estate Master Class at the New York University Institute of Real Estate in New York City.  The class that Mr. Sachs will teach is entitled “Real Estate Contracts and Title” and will be held on November 13, 2012 at the NYU Real Estate Institute, 11 West 42nd Street, New York, N.Y.  For further information, contact the NYU Real Estate Institute at scps.nyu.edu/registration or call 212/998-7150.

(July 17, 2012)
Sarah A. Steckler Receives Department of Veterans Affairs Accreditation

On May 24, 2012, Sarah A. Steckler became an accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  Keane & Beane, P.C. strives to elevate the standard of the practice of Elder Law and to provide our clients who served in the armed forces with the expertise and qualified assistance in preparing and presenting their claims.

(June 28, 2012)
Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Commends Keane & Beane, P.C.'s Client, Village of Rye Brook, For Its Adoption Of Affordable Housing Legislation

Keane & Beane, P.C.’s long-standing client, the Village of Rye Brook, was recently recognized by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation for the development and adoption of a Fair and Affordable Housing floating zoning district.  The new zoning district was adopted in response to the 2009 settlement entered into by Westchester County which requires the County to provide 750 units of fair and affordable housing in eligible municipalities throughout the County.  The new zoning district encourages the development of fair and affordable housing in the Village through streamlined review procedures.  Jennifer Gray was a member of the task force that drafted the local law.

(June 11, 2012)
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Appointed to the Executive Committee of the NYSBA Environmental Law Section

Nicholas Ward-Willis was appointed to the Executive Committee of the NYSBA Environmental Law Section.  Mr. Ward-Willis is a long standing member of the Section and has spoken at Section seminars over the years on petroleum spills, brownfields, environmental due diligence, Superfund litigation and sustainable development.  He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA Real Property Section where he chairs the Green Real Estate Committee.

(June 11, 2012)
Mid-Hudson Regional Consortium Appoints Nicholas M. Ward-Willis

Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been appointed to the Transportation/Land Use/Livable Communities Working Group of the Regional Sustainability Plan of the Mid-Hudson Regional Consortium. The Mid-Hudson Region Consortium launched the regional sustainability planning process as part of phase one of the Cleaner, Greener Communities program announced by Governor Cuomo in 2011. This Sustainable Development Study is intended to result in the development of a comprehensive sustainability plan for the Mid-Hudson Region that is closely tied to greenhouse gas emission reduction goals (defined by New York State), as well as the economic development goals defined by the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council (REDC).  Mr. Ward-Willis chairs the Green Real Estate Committee of the NYSBA Real Estate section and represents municipal land use boards and developer clients navigating the SEQRA and land use approval process.

(June 11, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Recognized at the 2nd Annual Westchester Green Business Challenge

Keane & Beane, P.C. was recognized at the Second Annual Westchester Green Business Challenge (“WGBC”) for its participation in the Challenge.  The Challenge is a friendly competition open to businesses in Westchester County, New York.  Developed by Westchester County in partnership with The Business Council of Westchester, the WGBC is designed to help companies move down the path toward environmental sustainability while improving performance and saving money.  The firm has participated in the Challenge for the past two years and has raised environmental awareness in the firm by encouraging double sided printing and copying, increased use of electronic communications instead of mail and faxes and the posting of a list of environmentally friendly tips in the office.  Jennifer Gray and Nicholas Ward-Willis have spearheaded the firm’s “green” efforts and participation in the WGBC.

(May 23, 2012)
Stephanie L. Burns Sworn is as Secretary of The Westchester County Bar Association

On May 17, 2012, Stephanie L. Burns was sworn in as Secretary of the Westchester County Bar Association at the Association’s Annual Banquet.  The Westchester County Bar Association is an organization comprised of attorneys who live and/or practice law in Westchester County and non-attorneys whose professional and business interests support the legal profession.  The Association strives to elevate the standard of integrity, honor, competence and courtesy in the legal profession and to facilitate the availability of courts and lawyers for all who seek redress.

(May 01, 2012)
Pattern of Progress appoints Richard L. O'Rourke to the Board of Directors

Richard L. O’Rourke has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Pattern for Progress ( www.Pattern-for-Progress.org), the Lower Hudson Valley’s long-standing public policy organization, which brings independent focus and influence to issues, ideas and actions that affect the region.  Pattern for Progress brings together business, non-profit, academic and government leaders from across nine counties to collaborate on collective approaches that most impact the growth and vitality of the regional economy.

(April 24, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. presents “Foreclosure: Practical Considerations and Solutions for Seniors”

Keane & Beane, P.C. presents “Foreclosure: Practical Considerations and Solutions for Seniors”, a panel discussion developed to assist Westchester County Seniors with foreclosure prevention and management.  The program is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on May 2, 2012 at Westchester County’s 44th Annual Salute to Seniors held at the Westchester County Center.  Andrew P. Tureaud, Esq. of Keane & Beane, P.C., along with other panelists consisting of attorneys and housing professionals from Westchester County, will discuss practical ways for Seniors to understand and avoid foreclosure. For more information, visit http://seniorcitizens.westchestergov.com/images/stories/pdfs/SaluteAnnouncement2012.pdf

 

(March 27, 2012)
Court Upholds Ruling Favorable to School District in Special Education Matter

Keane & Beane, P.C. successfully defended a school district in a federal court appeal of a special education matter.  In C.L. and G.W. v. Scarsdale Union Free School District, 10-CV-4315 (CS), the parents sought tuition reimbursement for a private school where they unilaterally placed their son, who they claimed was disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act.  The Court agreed with the position of the school district that the parents’ choice of school was overly restrictive and therefore not appropriate, resulting in a denial of their request for reimbursement.  Stephanie M. Roebuck represented the school district.

(March 21, 2012)
Steven Schurkman - Cited In Book

New York Times journalist Jane Gross cited Steven Schurkman of Keane & Beane, P.C. in her recent book A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents—and Ourselves. Mr. Schurkman provided anecdotes on how older people and their children approach financial issues and how these sometimes run counter to estate planning principles.

(March 18, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Sponsors the 2012 Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk

On May 5, 2012, Keane & Beane, P.C. will again sponsor the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk in Orange County, New York.  The Firm has sponsored the NY Arthritis Foundation for more than 20 years and supported the Hundson Valley Walk since 2005.  Firm staff continue to be active in the Foundation and will be participating in the 2012 Walk.

(February 21, 2012)
Sarah A. Steckler Appointed as a Mentor for the Young Lawyers Section Mentoring Initiative with Cardozo Law School

Sarah A. Steckler, an Associate in the Firm’s Elder Law and Trust and Estate Practice Groups, was appointed as a Mentor for the Young Lawyers Section Mentoring Initiative with Cardozo Law School. Mentoring is the cornerstone for professional development and a meaningful avenue to give back to the legal community. Ms. Steckler has also participated as a Mentor since 2007 with The George Washington University’s Admissions Alumni & Parent Program.

(February 17, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Goes "RED" Friday

On February 17, 2012, Keane & Beane, P.C. sponsored a "Wear Red" Friday in support of the American Heart Association.  All staff members enjoyed a fun day while making a contribution to a worthwhile organization. 

(February 07, 2012)
Court Sustains Developer's Utility Rates

On February 2, 2012, Keane & Beane, P.C. obtained a favorable decision from the Third Department, Appellate Division, on behalf of a private water utility of a large shopping center located in Putnam, New York, confirming that water rates charged by the water utility to tenants of a retail shopping center, were rational and reasonable and that no reductions to the water rates were required.  After approximately five years of litigation before the Public Service Commission, the Albany County Supreme Court and the Appellate Division, the Third Department’s Order rejected the claim made by certain tenants that provisions in contracts between the developer of the shopping center and two of the tenants precluded the private water utility from obtaining a fair return on capital extended to construct the water utility.  Richard L. O’Rourke, Esq. and Eric L. Gordon, Esq., represented the private water utility.  The decision is Matter of Home Depot U.S.A., Inc., et al. v. State of New York Public Service Commission, et al., Docket Number 512846 (3d Dep’t February 2, 2012).

(February 07, 2012)
Jennifer L. Gray Named Secretary to the Executive Committee Of Pace Law School Alumni

Jennifer L. Gray, an Associate in the Firm's Land Use & Development and Municipal Law Practice Groups, was named to the Executive Committee of the Pace Law School Alumni Association.  Ms. Gray graduated with honors from Pace Law School in 2006 and has served on the Board of its Alumni Association since 2009.

(February 01, 2012)
Keane & Beane, P.C. 2012 Food Drive

As part of Keane & Beane, P.C.’s continued goal to give back and support its community, the firm took up its annual food collection to support the Westchester Food Bank from January 23, 2012 to January 30, 2012.  The firm is pleased to report that it delivered 80 lbs. of food and $320.00 in monetary donations!

(January 01, 2012)
Christopher Aventuro Becomes Member of Keane & Beane, P.C.

Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that Christopher J. Aventuro, Esq. has become a Member of the Firm.  Mr. Aventuro will continue to focus his practice in Trust and Estate Litigation in addition to Estate and Medicaid Planning and Administration, General Litigation and Guardianship Practice.

(December 27, 2011)
Happy Holidays from Keane & Beane, P.C.

As a continuation of the Firm’s commitment to community service, in honor of its clients and friends, this holiday season Keane & Beane, P.C. has made a contribution to the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter.

(December 27, 2011)
Joel H. Sachs Receives George W. Perkins Award

Joel Sachs, head of the Keane & Beane Environmental Practice Group, was presented with the prestigious George W. Perkins Award by the Parks and Trails Association of New York State at a reception held at the University Club in New York City on November 17, 2011. Mr. Sachs was cited as a "Pioneer of New York Environmental Law”.

Also, Mr. Sachs was featured as one of the Best Lawyers in New York, in the practice area of Environmental Law, in the December 15, 2011 issue of New York Magazine.

(November 29, 2011)
“Off-Campus Student Speech – Free or Not” Moot Court Debate

On December 1, 2011, Stephanie M. Roebuck participated in a Moot Court Debate against Marc Stern, Esq., Counsel for Legal Advocacy of the American Jewish Committee, on the topic of “Off-Campus Student Speech – Free or Not.”  The Moot Court Debate was part of the program at the AJC Westchester’s Inaugural Judge Learned Hand Award Dinner, which honored The Honorable Sondra Miller and Lawrence Otis Graham, Esq.  Judge Miller and Mr. Graham acted as the presiding judges for the Debate, which was a lively exchange on whether Constitutional Free Speech protections extend to students for their off-campus communications, including communications that may be made electronically. 

(November 01, 2011)
Keane & Beane Ranked By U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has announced that Keane & Beane, P.C. has been ranked as a Tier 1 law firm for both the practice areas of Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental in its annual listings of the Best Law Firms in America.  Keane & Beane is the only firm based in Westchester County to earn such a distinction for these areas of the law. The issue of U.S. News & World Report containing the rankings was published on November 15, 2011. Also, a complete listing of all firms honored is now available at www.usnews.com.

(October 28, 2011)
Senior Law Day in Westchester October 27th

Steven Schurkman from Keane & Beane chaired the 12th annual Senior Law Day in Westchester on October 27th at the County Center in White Plains. The annual Senior Law Day offers seniors and their families a free, full morning of financial and legal advice on a variety of topics, including Estate Planning/Elder Law 101, use of a will or trust and paying for long term care. Over 2600 people have attended a Senior Law Day since 2000.

This year, we had record pre-registrations and included sessions on changes to estate and income tax laws and The Marriage Equality Act. Deepankar Mukerji of Keane & Beane co-led a session on paying for long-term care. Click here for a feature article on the session.

(September 20, 2011)
Firm Announces Three Super Lawyers for 2011

Keane & Beane P.C. is pleased to announce that three of its lawyers have been named to the Metro Super Lawyers List as top attorneys in New York for 2011.

Richard L. O’Rourke in the area of Land Use/Zoning

Joel H. Sachs in the areas of Environmental Law and Real Estate

Steven A. Schurkman in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate

No more than 5 Percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Joel H. Sachs also was selected recently by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 in the fields of Environmental Law and Litigation - Environmental (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Mr. Sachs has appeared in Best Lawyers each year since 2006.

(September 15, 2011)
Edward J. Phillips Appointed as Mediator

On September 15, 2011, Member Edward J. Phillips was appointed to serve as a Mediator on the Mediation Panel for the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.

(June 10, 2011)
Seminar for School District Board Members and Superintendents

On June 1st, Keane & Beane invited Board Members and Superintendents of public school districts it represents to a seminar at its office.  Lawrence Praga addressed whether opportunities exist to generate income from District facilities.  Donna Frosco advised the attendees on the best practices for the use of social media by board members and school officials.  Judson Siebert discussed the potential benefits and practical consequences to Districts of the property tax revaluation and annual reassessment process. 

(June 08, 2011)
Keane & Beane, P.C. Proudly Sponsors The Make A Wish Foundation Annual Golf Outing

Keane & Beane, P.C. this year once again was a proud sponsor of The Make A Wish Foundation Annual Golf Outing held June 8, 2011 at Centennial Golf Club, Carmel/Southeast New York. Keane & Beane, P.C. teamed up with their clients, Matt Martin and Jeff Ahrens, both with Advanced Power, www.advancedpower.ch, the leading international developer of independent power generation products.  The Make A Wish Foundation (www.hudsonwish.org) has a mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

(May 21, 2011)
Keane & Beane Sponsors the Hudson Valley 2011 Arthritis Walk

On May 21, 2011, Keane & Beane proudly sponsored the Hudson Valley 2011 Arthritis Walk in Orange County, New York.  Keane & Beane has sponsored the NY Arthritis Foundation for almost 20 years and has supported the Hudson Valley Walk since its inception in 2005. Firm staff are active in the Foundation and participate in the Walks.

(May 16, 2011)
New Estate Tax Laws

On May 16th, 2011, Steven Schurkman published an article titled "New Estate Tax Laws" in a special Elder Care issue of the Westchester County Business Journal, Fairfield County Business Journal and HV Biz. In it, Mr. Schurkman, who leads the firm's Elder Law and Trusts & Estates practices, provides practical guidance to individuals in light of the recent changes. Click here

(Accessible via permission from Westfair Communications)

(March 18, 2011)
Panel Discussion on Land Use Applications

On March 16th, Keane & Beane sponsored a panel discussion titled: “Land Use Applications: Do's & Don'ts from the Reviewers' Perspective.” The panelists were Don Moscato, Chairman of the Village of Rye Brook Zoning Board of Appeals; Tom Heaslip, Chairman of the Town of Harrison Planning Board; and Tom LaPerch, Chairman of the Town of Southeast Planning Board. Attendees included professional engineers, architects, wetland consultants and other Land Use professionals from across the Hudson Valley. Breakfast and networking was followed by informative presentations by the panelists, and a group discussion faciliated by Keane & Beane.

(March 17, 2011)
Keane & Beane Attorneys Recognized by WCBA

The Westchester County Bar Association recognized Keane & Beane members Stephanie L. Burns and Steven A. Schurkman at its Annual Meeting and Past Presidents dinner on March 16th.  Ms. Burns was recognized for her contributions as Former Co-Chair of the WCBA Diversity Committee, and Mr. Schurkman was recognized for his contributions to the WCBA as the Immediate Past Co-Chair of the Elder Law Committee.  Ms. Burns, who represents public school districts throughout the Hudson Valley as General Counsel, is also a Member of the Board of Directors of the WCBA and Co-Chair of its Membership Committee.  In addition, the WCBA asked Keane & Beane’s founder Edward F. Beane to serve on its Nominating Committee this year.

(February 10, 2011)
Estate Planning Update

Keane & Beane recently updated its clients on significant estate planning developments and opportunities which have arisen over the past few months. Steven Schurkman, David Glasser and Patrick O’Sullivan summarize the new developments and suggest steps to consider in the areas of Powers of Attorney and Estate and Gift Tax Law. Download document here

(January 07, 2011)
Keane & Beane Helps Biotech Campus Plans Move Ahead

Keane & Beane is pleased to report that the approvals for the expansion of the Landmark at Eastview campus have been secured.  These will permit the construction of over 400,000 square feet of state-of-the art laboratory and related research space on the Mount Pleasant portion of the Landmark at Eastview premises.  This is one of the largest expansion projects in the Hudson Valley in recent years, and will further efforts to attract biotech industries to Westchester County.  Richard O’Rourke and Judson Siebert serve as counsel to the property owner and applicant, Biomed Realty Trust.  On September 13, 2011, the Mount Pleasant Town Board adopted zoning amendments permitting the project approvals.  Resolutions granting site plan approval, steep slopes and wetlands permits were then adopted by the Mount Pleasant Planning Board on October 17, 2011.  Information concerning the project appeared in the September 24, 2010 Westchester Business Journal (click here).  Biomed Realty Trust is headquartered in San Diego, and owns, develops and manages properties servicing the life science industry nationwide.  

(December 22, 2010)
Joel Sachs Named "Best Lawyer" 2011

Keane & Beane’s Principal Member Joel Sachs has been named to the “New York Area’s Top Lawyers 2011” list under the environmental law category. Joel is the only environmental lawyer in the entire Hudson Valley to receive this designation. This honor appears in the December 20-27, 2010 issue of  New York magazine. Attorneys are chosen for inclusion based solely on a vote of their peers.  He has been honored with this designation for the previous three years.

(December 08, 2010)
Schurkman Assists Seniors through Information Line

Principal Member Steven A. Schurkman is contributing his expertise to the "Senior Information Line," a joint project of the New York State Consumer Protection Board, the New York State Office of Aging and the Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale.  The Senior Information Line allows callers from across New York State to access news, updates and information about legal and health related topics of interest to seniors.  Steve has prepared the text for the Information Line relating to changes in New York's Power of Attorney law.  Other topics which the Senior Information Line has covered include, for example, how to reduce identity theft and how to avoid telephone and internet scams.  The Senior Information Line can be accessed on-line at www.nysconsumer.gov or by dialing 1-800-503-9000 and is available in English and Spanish.

(November 16, 2010)
Steven Schurkman’s Elder Law Guide Widely Distributed

“Elder Law Q&A:  Answers to Questions about Estate and Financial Planning, Health Care Planning and Elder Abuse” written and updated annually by Steven Schurkman, has been translated into Spanish. Topics discussed range from power of attorney to long-term care insurance, wills and trusts, preservation of assets/Medicaid planning, taxes, health care proxies and living wills. www.westchestergov.com/seniors hosts both this version and the English guide, which can also be downloaded here.

The guide is a publication of the Pace Women’s Justice Center at Pace Law School in White Plains in collaboration with the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale.

(November 03, 2010)
Keane & Beane Takes Lead at Senior Law Day

On October 14th, Steven Schurkman chaired the Senior Law Day held at the Westchester County Center. Mr. Schurkman also conducted a workshop on Nuts and Bolts of Estate Planning and Elder Law, and our Counsel Deepankar Mukerji spoke on Paying for Long Term Care. Over 300 people attended the event, including several dignitaries: Congresswoman Nita Lowey, District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Judge Anthony Scarpino, and Westchester County’s Senior Programs Commissioner Mae Carpenter. Read more.

(October 15, 2010)
Keane & Beane Hosts "Green" Seminar

On October 15th, Keane & Beane, P.C. hosted a seminar by TriState Solar Alliance, a local nonprofit organization aimed at increasing the adoption of solar energy by utilizing group volume pricing to reduce the cost of installing solar PV.  Attendees represented a broad range of industry groups including, commercial property managers, energy distributors, architects, construction and local business owners. 

 

(October 12, 2010)
Sachs and Mitzner Named Super Lawyers

Senior partner Joel Sachs was named one of the best environmental attorneys in the New York metropolitan area for 2010.  The honor, which appears in the Super Lawyers advertorial in the October 3, 2010 New York Times Magazine, was the end result of a process that includes nominations as a potential honoree, independent screening of credentials and expertise and review of final candidates by their peers within practice areas.  Joel, who heads our firm's environmental law practice area, was the only environmental attorney outside of New York City so honored.  He has previously been honored with this designation every year since 2007.  Super Lawyers has also named Joel one of the Top 25 Attorneys in Westchester for the years 2009 and 2010.  This latest recognition appears in the October 2010 issue of Westchester Magazine.

Melvyn Mitzner, the firm's late Senior Counsel, was also included as one of the metropolitan area's Super Lawyers in the practice area of real estate.  Mel had previously been honored in the same category each year since 2007.  Westchester Magazine also recognized Mel as one of the top real estate attorneys in the County for 2010.

(September 22, 2010)
Stephanie Roebuck Appears On Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Panel

Stephanie M. Roebuck was a panelist at a continuing legal education presentation of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association entitled “Back to School: Bullying and Cyber-bullying Legal Primer 101.” Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore was the special guest presenter, and other presenters included Bruce Kelly, Coalition Coordinator for New Rochelle FOCUS and Stephanie Perez, Assistant County Attorney. The panel discussed school, police, parent and community responses to the issues of bullying and other forms of harassment experienced by children.  The presentation took place at the Pace University School of Law.

(August 12, 2010)
Keane & Beane Wins Major RLUIPA Case

Keane & Beane obtained a decision in federal court awarding injunctive relief and undetermined damages (likely to be more than $4 million) to a local church that has been prevented by the Town of Greenburgh from building a house of worship and religious school on 6.5 acres of church-owned property. The 206-page decision in Fortress Bible Church v. Feiner, et al., 734 F.Supp. 2d 403 (S.D.N.Y. 2010), came after a protracted legal battle that began in 2003. Following a 29-day bench trial, the court ordered the Town to permit construction of church and school facilities, awarded Fortress Bible Church compensatory damages and attorney's fees, and imposed $10,000 in sanctions against the Town.

As reflected in the Opinion, Keane & Beane successfully presented “overwhelming evidence of [the Town's] intentional delay, hostility and bias towards the Church's application…" [Pg. 169]. The Court concluded that the Town's actions violated RLUIPA and the Church's rights under the United States Constitution, the New York State Constitution and New York State Law. District Judge Stephen Robinson also cited ”a record replete with evidence regarding the Defendants' intentional destruction of evidence and disregard for discovery obligations.” [p.204]

The Court has ordered that the Town to issue a building permit to the Church within 90 days. The Court also has directed the church to supplement its application for monetary damages, including increased construction costs as a result of delay, reimbursement of excessive environmental review fees charged by the Town, and attorneys' fees and costs. During trial, the church already claimed over $4 million in damages from the Town, and the additional evidence that the church intends to submit to the Court will only increase this amount.

(August 10, 2010)
Keane & Beane Successfully Defends Employment Law Win on Appeal

Keane & Beane successfully defended an appeal challenging a win on behalf of Keane & Beane's clients in Federal District Court.  The United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit found that the court below correctly dismissed all claims against the firm's clients, a hospital emergency room physicians group and an individual physician.  The Plaintiff had alleged racial discrimination under 42 U.S.C. 1981, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 200, et seq., and the New York Human Rights Law.  However, on a summary judgment motion before trial, the firm demonstrated that those claims lacked merit as a matter of law, and the plaintiff could not prevail. The Court specifically found that plaintiff failed to demonstrate any adverse employment action and could not make a showing permitting an inference of discrimination.  The case is Peter Lawrence v. Ira Mehlman, et al.,2010 WL 3124431 (C.A.2 (N.Y.)). Edward Beane was the lead attorney for the firm.

(June 21, 2010)
New York State Bar Association Elects Joel H. Sachs to the House of Delegates

Joel H. Sachs was elected to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association in June 2010.  He attended and spoke at his first meeting in Cooperstown, New York on June 18, 2010.

(May 01, 2010)
Keane & Beane Celebrates 30 Years!

Keane & Beane, P.C. proudly celebrated its 30th Anniversary on May 1, 2010.  We thank our clients, friends and professional colleagues for their trust and support throughout the years.  As we observe this milestone, we remain committed to providing the highest level of service to business, individuals, families, school districts, municipalities and non-profit organizations in the Hudson Valley and beyond.