Keane & Beane is proud to announce New York Metro 2020 Super Lawyers has recognized Senior Counsel Joel H. Sachs (Environmental Law), Member David Glasser (Estate Planning & Probate) and Member Steven A. Schurkman (Estate Planning & Probate), as well as Associate Sarah Steckler as a Rising Star (Estate Planning & Probate). Each year, Super [...]
On November 18, 2020, Keane & Beane, P.C. will present Part II of their Fall Webinar Series "The Retention & Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1). Attorneys Suzanne E. Volpe and Amanda Magana will discuss "LGS-1", the new Local Government Record Retention and Disposition Schedule issued by the New York State Archives. Schedule [...]
On October 31, 2020, Governor Cuomo announced new guidelines for out-of-state travelers coming to New York, effective as of Wednesday, November 4.  These new guidelines replace the previous quarantine prescribed for travelers from states with a high rate of COVID-19[1] and will apply to all out of state travelers to New York from any state, [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to sponsor the New York State Bar Association Environmental & Energy Law Section Fall Virtual Meeting. Nicholas M. Ward Willis, Chair of the Section is proud to work with the Program Faculty on this half-day program that will focus on energy law and include a 1-hour CLE Diversity and [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce its success in orchestrating passage of legislative Bills in both the New York State Assembly and Senate allowing for a creative land swap opening up consideration of a recreation and sports complex strategically located near the NYS Route 312 interchange with Interstate 84 in the Town of Southeast. [...]
On October 29, 2020, Jennifer L. Gray will present at the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation's Zoning Board seminar which will cover topics of interest to members of zoning boards of appeals, consultants and practitioners  The topics will include area variances, use variances, special permits and zoning interpretations. Ms. Gray is currently the Chair WCBA Municipal [...]
The United States is in the midst of transitioning to the newest generation of wireless broadband technology known as 5G, which requires the installation of small cell wireless facilities. State and local governments across the United States have adopted various regulations to control the development of small cell infrastructure. In response, in 2018 the Federal [...]
The Westchester County Bar Association Judiciary Committee has released its ratings of those candidates seeking Westchester County judicial positions in the upcoming November 3, 2020 election. The Committee rated Honorable Sam D. Walker as an "Exceptionally Well Qualified" candidate for the New York State Supreme Court for the Ninth Judicial District. Honorable David V. Hasin, [...]
Speakers: Jaclyn G. Goldberg and Suzanne E. Volpe Subject: Municipal Law/FOIL Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: October 21, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: Free Webinar Register: HERE (access link will be sent the morning of the program) Topics to Include: Compliance with FOIL; Best Practices; Addressing Requests for Large Amounts of Documents/Data; [...]
On Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., attorneys Jaclyn G. Goldberg and Suzanne E. Volpe will kick off Keane & Beane, P.C.'s Fall Webinar Series with "Part I: The Freedom of Information Law - Compliance, Best Practices & the Repeal of Civil Rights Law §50-a". This free webinar will discuss compliance with the Freedom [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that Emily J. Westbrook has become associated with the firm.  Emily is the newest member of Keane & Beane, P.C.’s real estate practice group. She is a 2005 graduate, cum laude, of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Ms. Westbrook brings 15 years of [...]
From time to time, Keane & Beane, P.C. issues Legal Alerts pertaining to new legislation or recent cases of interest. The State Archives is revising and consolidating its local government records retention and disposition schedule into a single comprehensive schedule for all types of governments. The new schedule was released on August 1, 2020. Local [...]
On Thursday, September 23, 2020, Sarah A. Steckler will participate as a Panelist to discuss planned giving trends and strategies as part of White Plains Hospital’s Planned Giving Initiative.
On Thursday, October 21, 2020, Stephanie M. Roebuck will participate as a Panelist of the Westchester Women's Bar Association Education Committee along with the Diversity; Children, Families & the Courts; and Immigration Committees at a CLE program "Immigrant Students: Their Legal Rights, Challenges, and Needs in Public Schools. A Primer for Attorneys, Practitioners, and Interested [...]
We are pleased to announce that Steven A. Schurkman has released the 21st Edition of  “Elder Law Q & A: Answers to Questions About Estate and Financial Planning, Health Care Planning and Elder Abuse.” Written under a grant from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, this guide is widely disseminated throughout New York State through [...]
On September 12, 2020, Stephanie M. Roebuck assisted the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association in its presentation of New York State Mandated Governance Training for school board members. The New York State Education Law requires all newly elected members of school boards to undergo a day-long training on governance issues. Required in that training is a [...]
From time to time, Keane & Beane, P.C., issues Legal Alerts pertaining to new legislation or recent cases of interest. New York’s legislature enacted, and Governor Cuomo signed, a bill creating Labor Law §27-c, amending Labor Law §27-1 and adding a new provision to Education Law §2801-a.  Labor Law §27-c requires public employers to develop [...]
From time to time, Keane & Beane, P.C., issues Legal Alerts pertaining to developing legal issues of interest to our clients. On August 27, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) updated its guidance to address an employee’s entitlement to take leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) in situations where the [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. has been recognized by the 2021 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Law Firm in the areas of Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. The founding of Keane & Beane, P.C. in 1980 coincided with the emergence of modern federal and state environmental laws. Thus, [...]
Joel H. Sachs has been selected for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Joel H. Sachs joined Keane & Beane in 1993 with many years of experience practicing environmental law, municipal law and land development and zoning.  He represents private entities [...]
From time to time, Keane & Beane, P.C., issues Legal Alerts pertaining to new legislation or recent cases of interest. On August 3, 2020, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (“District Court”) rendered its Decision in State of New York v. United States Department of Labor, et al., vacating [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to welcome our 2020 Summer Associates! Ellie Sheinwald is a rising 3L at St. John's University School of Law. She is the Articles & Notes Editor of the New York International Law Review, the Executive Director of the Public Interest Law Students Association, and a Co-President of the Jewish [...]
During the pandemic, New York State has been presented with a variety of issues and has implemented creative, well thought out solutions. The recent enactment of Chapter 111 of the Laws of 2020 authorizing local governments to extend building permits, zoning board approvals and planning board approvals for 120 days is not one of them [...]
Speakers: Stephanie M. Roebuck Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State School Boards Association ("NYSSBA") Date: July 21, 2020, and July 22, 2020 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Location: Virtual Live Conference For more information, visit or Register HERE
On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, the New York State School Boards Association will be presenting a two and a half day live virtual state-wide seminar discussing the legal considerations for the reopening of schools (statewide or regionally). Keane & Beane Member Stephanie M. Roebuck will present on day 2 of the conference, discussing "New Title [...]
Jennifer L. Gray was installed as a Vice President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association during a virtual ceremony on June 17, 2020.  Jennifer has been a WWBA Board member for over 10 years and has served multiple terms on the Executive Board as Corresponding Secretary (editor-in-chief of the monthly newsletter) and as Vice President.
Speakers: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, Moderator Subject: Zoning & Land Use/Environmental Sponsor: New York State Bar Association - 1.5 CLE Credit Date: July 28, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Location: Webinar For more information, visit NYSBA or Register HERE
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Nicholas M. Ward-Willis will moderate the New York State Bar Association's CLE webinar presentation "Wading in Uncertainty: Confusion Continues in Wetland Regulation". The 1.5 credit CLE program will provide historical perspective on “waters of the United States” and discuss the status of the new  “Navigable Waters Protection [...]
On July 7, 2020, Nicholas Ward-Willis, who serves as Town Attorney to the Town of New Castle, was interviewed by the Rockland/Westchester Journal News - Lohud.com regarding New Castle's consideration of a local law requiring face masks to be worn in and around the Town, or face a financial fine. Keane & Beane, P.C. has [...]
  If you missed our webinar "Labor & Employment - Employment Issues Relating to NY Forward Plan" presented by Keane & Beane Attorneys Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg WATCH IT HERE!  
  If you missed our webinar "Preparing for Phase 3 Reopening – Commercial Leases During The COVID-19 Crisis, a Consideration of Legal and Practical Issues Facing Commercial Landlords and Tenants as New York Reopens"   presented by Keane & Beane Attorneys Andrew P. Tureaud and Eric T. Kolle and Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield, Craig Ruoff WATCH IT HERE!  
On Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane Members, Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg will present "Employment Issues Relating to NY Forward" at a free webinar hosted by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Key Bank. Lance and Jaclyn will discuss and answer participant questions concerning [...]
From time to time, Keane & Beane, P.C., issues Legal Alerts pertaining to new legislation or recent cases of interest. Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed various pieces of legislation in furtherance of police reform. I. Repeal of Civil Rights Law § 50-a & Related Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)  Amendments New York Civil Rights Law [...]
On June 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued issued Executive Order 203 (EO 203) directing local police agencies, including the NYPD, to develop a reform plan to “eliminate racial inequities in policing, to modify and modernize policing strategies, policies, and procedures, and practices, and to develop practices to better address the particular needs of communities of [...]
On Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane's Education Law Department Attorneys Stephanie L. Burns, Ralph C. DeMarco, William Kang, Stephanie M. Roebuck and Susan E. Fine, together with Westchester Putnam School Boards Association will present a free webinar on the reopening of schools and legal issues to consider. The discussion will include: Instructional [...]
Speakers: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Stephanie L. Burns, Ralph C. DeMarco, William Kang and Susan E. Fine Subject: Education Sponsor: Westchester Putnam School Boards Association and Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: June 25, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Free Webinar Register: HERE (access link will be sent the morning of the program) Topics to [...]
Speakers: Andrew P. Tureaud and Eric T. Kolle Special Guest: Craig Ruoff, Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield Subject: Real Estate - COVID-19 Response Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: June 24, 2020 Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: Webinar on Zoom RSVP to Barbara Durkin - an email confirmation with Zoom Access  will be [...]
Grab Your Lunch and Attend a Webinar on a Current Legal Topic! On Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 12:30 p.m., Keane & Beane, P.C. will present their fifth in a series of free Zoom webinars. Keane & Beane attorneys Andrew P. Tureaud and Eric T. Kolle, with special guest Craig Ruoff, Senior Director at Cushman [...]
On June 18, 2020, Steven A. Schurkman will be a guest presenter at the Madison Planning Webcast on the importance of Wills and Trusts and when to use them on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The discussion will include: What is Estate Planning? Why is it important? Is Estate Planning for everyone? When [...]
Speakers: Drew Victoria Gamils, Eric L. Gordon, Andrew P. Tureaud and Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: General Practice Areas - COVID-19 Response Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: June 18, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Webinar on Zoom RSVP to Barbara Durkin - an email confirmation with Zoom invitation will be sent to [...]
Grab Your Lunch and Attend a Webinar on a Current Legal Topic! On Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane, P.C. will present their fourth in a series of free Zoom webinars with special guests Westchester County Economic Development Director Bridget Gibbons and Deputy Health Commissioner Peter DeLucia. Ms. Gibbons and Mr. [...]
As Keane & Beane, P.C. celebrates its 40th Anniversary, so does our Office Manager, Barbara S. Durkin.  After graduating from Berkeley Secretarial School in 1980, Ms. Durkin joined Keane & Beane, then a newly formed firm, as a legal secretary.  In 1985, Ms. Durkin was promoted to Office Manager and throughout the years has ably [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, June 10, 2020. Since March Governor Cuomo has issued a flurry of executive orders to mitigate the spread [...]
Richard L. O’Rourke, Jennifer L. Gray and Zachary D. Oliva successfully secured the dismissal of an action brought against the Town of Catskill Zoning Board of Appeals (“ZBA”) and the Town’s Code Enforcement Officer (“CEO”). The dispute involved the operation of a gun range on a portion of the former Catskill Game Farm in Greene County, [...]
Judson Siebert is highlighted in Elisabeth Haub School of Law's Haub Law Alumni Magazine Spring 2020.  Judson serves as the Managing Member of Keane & Beane, P.C.  He is the third Managing Member in the history of the firm and follows Founding Partner Edward F. Beane and Member David Glasser in this position.  Mr. Siebert [...]
On June 8, 2020, Nicholas M. Ward-Willis and Drew Victoria Gamils presented a webinar to a City of Beacon Local Business Working Group explaining the N.Y. Forward Reopening rules and guidelines. Watch the full presentation HERE.
On Friday, June 5th, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020 (PPP Flexibility Act) into law. The PPP Flexibility Act modifies the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was created under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) providing some welcome relief to many businesses currently using PPP loan [...]
Grab Your Lunch and Attend a Webinar on a Current Legal Topic! On Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane, P.C. will present their third in a series of free Zoom webinars "Labor & Employment - Employment Issues Relating to NY Forward Plan". Members of the Firm, Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn Goldberg [...]
Speaker: Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn Goldberg Subject: Labor & Employment - COVID-19 Response Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: June 12, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Webinar on Zoom RSVP to Barbara Durkin - an email confirmation with Zoom invitation will be sent to you! Join Keane & Beane Members Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. [...]
Grab Your Lunch and Attend a Webinar on a Current Legal Topic! On Friday, June 5, 2020 at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane, P.C. will present their second in a series of free Zoom webinars "Preparing for Phase 2 of the NY Forward Reopening in the Hudson Valley: Understanding What's Required - Legal Issues and [...]
On Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m., Nicholas M. Ward Willis, Eric L. Gordon and Drew Victoria Gamils will present at the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce and the Town of New Castle's "Lunch & Learn" 2nd Installment Webinar reviewing compliance with Reopen NY Forward Guidelines and Best Practices for Reopening. They will take a [...]
On Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm), Nicholas M. Ward-Willis and Drew Victoria Gamils will lead the presentation of the Dutchess County Planning Federation Webinar "The 5G Wireless Revolution - Pointers and Pitfalls for Land Use Board" a primer on wireless technology in New York State providing guidance on processing applications for [...]
On Monday, June 1, 2020, Keane & Beane Principal Member Steven A. Schurkman will be a Special Advisor and Associate Sarah A. Steckler will Co-Chair the 3rd Annual Yonkers Grinton I. Will Library Senior Law Day to be held live on the Yonkers Public Library Facebook Page from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or at [...]
Grab Your Lunch and Attend a Webinar on a Current Legal Topic! On Tuesday, March 26, 2020, Keane & Beane, P.C. will present their first in a series of free Zoom webinars "Re-imagining New York - Preparing to Re-Open and Consideration of Legal Issues and Best-Practice Tips". Members of the Firm, Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Eric [...]
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Eric L. Gordon, Judson K. Siebert, Andrew P. Tureaud, Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, Subject: General Practice Areas - COVID-19 Response Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: May 26, 2020 Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: Webinar on Zoom RSVP to Barbara Durkin - an email confirmation with Zoom invitation will be [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented. The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, May 18, 2020, please be aware that guidelines may change and should be reviewed again as each region [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, May 15, 2020. Since March Governor Cuomo has issued a flurry of executive orders to mitigate the spread [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, May 15, 2020. *** Executive Order 202.31 On May 14, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.31 (EO [...]
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress will premiere a webinar moderated by Richard L. O’Rourke and featuring Jennifer L. Gray as a panelist discussing what to expect in the land use and development industry as we start emerging from the current landscape of construction stoppages and widespread closure of non-essential businesses.  [...]
On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress will premiere a webinar moderated by Richard L. O’Rourke and featuring Jennifer L. Gray as a panelist discussing what to expect in the land use and development industry as we start emerging from the current landscape of construction stoppages and widespread closure of non-essential businesses.  [...]
Speaker: Richard L. O'Rourke, Moderator: Jennifer L. Gray, Panelist Subject: Land Use and Development Law Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Date: May 13, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. Location: Webinar at Facebook Or YouTube
Speaker: Andrew Tureaud and Eric Kole Subject: Commercial Business/Real Estate Sponsor: M1 Capital and HGAR Date: May 14, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 p.m. Location: Sign up for the Zoom Meeting here. Zoom Meeting: Examining the impact of The CARES Act and Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order No. 202.28 on commercial landlords, in light of [...]
On Thursday, May 14, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Keane & Beane Member, Andrew Tureaud and Associate Eric T. Kole with Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS ("HGAR") will present a Zoom meeting "The Rights and Obligations of Commercial Landlords as a Result of COVID-19”, examining the impact of The CARES Act and Governor [...]
May 1st is the 40th anniversary of the founding of Keane & Beane, P.C. Although we are operating on a remote basis, and in a new and unorthodox environment, K&B is taking time today to celebrate this achievement. It’s said that adversity is a litmus test of one’s commitment to values. And so, perhaps, it [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, May 1, 2020. * * * Executive Order 202.26 On May 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order [...]
Speaker: Edward J. Phillips, Panelist Subject: Municipal Law/Business Sponsor: Town of New Castle and Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce Date: April 30, 2020 Time: 1:00 p.m. Location: Join the Zoom webinar here. A panel of experts answering questions to help small business owners navigate the COVID-19 crisis' economic assistance programs.
On Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m., Edward J. Phillips will join an expert panel webinar hosted by the Town of New Castle and the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce, entitled "Coronavirus Stimulus Package Simplified". The expert panel will answer questions to help small business owners navigate the economic assistance programs offered in response to [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 23, 2020. * * * With the deadline for the initiation of annual assessment roll processes approaching, [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing Legal Alerts on a variety of issues as they are presented.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 23, 2020. *  * * With real property tax collection for Westchester-based cities, towns and special districts [...]
Speaker: Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg Subject: Employment Law Sponsor: Westchester County Bar Association Date: April 24, 2020 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Register for CLE Webinar at wcbany.org
On Friday, April 24, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane members Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg will be guest speakers on the Westchester County Bar Association's CLE webinar "Navigating Employment Issues in Light of COVID-19" discussing the impact of COVID-19 in the employment world, specifically various employment related issues [...]
In addition to 2020 being the 40th anniversary of the founding of Keane & Beane, P.C., we wish everyone a Happy Earth Day, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Environmental advocacy has been a core practice group for our firm since its founding.  Our colleague Joel Sachs was one of the first attorneys in [...]
SSI and VA recipients have slightly more time to add $500 to automatic payments Rail Road Retirement Board (RRB). To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues. The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of April 20, 2020. [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 16, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Environmental Law Sponsor: New York State Bar Association - Environmental & Energy Law Section Date: April 16, 2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: Register for Webinar
Speaker: Eric L. Gordon Subject: Municipal Law Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress Date: April 17, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. Location: Webinar at Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress
On Friday, April 17, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., Keane & Beane, P.C. will co-host with Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress a panel of municipal officials and advisors for a discussion of tips and tools that can be used to keep business progressing forward in local government while maintaining social distancing and remote work restrictions entitled [...]
On April 16th, Nicholas M. Ward-Willis will be moderating a free webinar panel discussion for attorneys on the impact of COVID-19 on the practice of Environmental Law.  The panelist will be the General Counsel of NYSDEC, General Counsel for NYCDCP and the Assistant Regional Counsel for the USEPA. Further information can be found here.
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues. The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 10, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (“COVID-19”) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 8, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 7, 2020. In an effort to limit the transmission and spread of COVID-19, Governor Cuomo has issued successive Executive Orders [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 7, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, April 2, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of April 2, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more pressing [...]
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, local governments and school districts are doing their best to conduct business while balancing the health, safety and welfare of employees and the general public. To the extent possible, business must continue and as a result local governments and school districts must continue to advertise bids. Governor Cuomo listened to concerns [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 30, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
On March 13, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.1 (“EO 202.1”), to temporarily suspend the Open Meetings Law (Article 7 of the Public Officers Law) to allow any public body to meet and take action without permitting in-person access to the meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 30, 2020. The Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), N.Y. Public Officers Law §§ 84-90, ensures government transparency by making most [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 28, 2020. *    *    * On March 27, 2020, the New York State Development Corp. (“ESDC”) issued an [...]
Keane & Beane started 2020 looking forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary as a firm.  None of us could have foreseen the new challenges we now face. While COVID-19 presents new risks and uncertainties, as a country we have faced adversities before – and overcome them.  From catastrophic weather events, terrorism and financial crises, we [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 27, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 27, 2020. On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) began offering economic relief in the State of [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 27, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane, P.C. is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues. The New York State Department of Law Real Estate Finance Bureau (“REFB”) put forth a Memorandum, dated March 25, 2020, enacting a number of temporary policies and submission procedures to remain in [...]
Maintaining operations at a wastewater treatment plant is critical during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and World Health Organization (“WHO”) have advised that the risk of transmission of the virus through sewerage systems is low. Nevertheless, standard good operational and protective protocols normally employed must continue in order to [...]
New York State and Federal Income Tax Filing Deadlines Moved to July 15 New York City business and excise taxes penalties waived between March 16 and April 25 To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this [...]
Hello all!  You’re all doing the impossible!  You’re educators.  You do the impossible every day.  And now you’re doing it to a large degree from home.  You are pressing on for the same reason you got started as educators – because you want to help children.   We’re here to support you in determining and meeting [...]
Unfortunately, many school districts have been notified that students in the district have tested positive for COVID-19.  Such notifications have led to questions as to what obligations districts have to notify staff and students and what can and cannot be disclosed in the event a notification is made.  The United States Department of Education’s Student [...]
Executive Order 202.7 Shutters Personal Care Businesses and Further Reduces On-Site Workforce of Non-Essential Businesses   Empire State Development Corporation Issues Guidance on What Constitutes an Essential Business   To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in [...]
Remote Notarization Allowed Under Cuomo Executive Order through April 18, 2020 March 20, 2020 To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 20, 2020. Many situations are so [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 20, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 19, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 19, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 19, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 19, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 18, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
Attorneys are being inundated with questions about how the Coronavirus impacts the performance/nonperformance of contractual obligations.  In most situations, the answer lies in the contracts themselves in “force majeure” provisions.  New York’s highest court has described a “force majeure” clause as a contractual provision “excusing nonperformance due to circumstances beyond the control of the parties”. [...]
The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 17, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more pressing ongoing issues. The discussion below is therefore general and does not address all considerations and specific analyses that may need to [...]
The United States Department of Education (DOE) has issued a Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak, which can be accessed at here.  Below is a summary of the guidance.[1]  I.  If schools are closed because of the outbreak, must a FAPE be provided to students [...]
To help our clients navigate the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Keane & Beane is providing numerous Legal Alerts on a variety of issues.  The information contained in this Legal Alert is applicable as of today, March 16, 2020. Many situations are so fact specific and nuanced that this Legal Alert only addresses some of the more [...]
Municipalities are grappling with the COVID-19 virus and how to conduct business and comply with the Open Meetings Law (“OML”).  The law was not enacted with a scenario like COVID-19 in mind and recent experiences with natural disasters and other catastrophes only offer some guidance.  Municipalities must work within the confines of the existing law [...]
The Labor Relations and Employment Law and Municipal Law Groups have prepared the following memoranda to address some of the issues municipalities are facing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is not an exhaustive subject list; however, it represents what we believe are the most pressing issues that have faced our clients over the past [...]
As of March 15, 2020, Governor Cuomo has issued three (3) Executive Orders (“EO”) relating to Covid-19:  EO- 202 issued on March 7th; EO-202.1 issued on March 13; and EO-202.2 issued on March 14th.  We discussed the impact of Covid-19 and EO 202.1 on public meetings and the NYS Open Meetings Law in our March [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. by Andrew Tureaud represents Kela Tennis, Inc. in an action against the City of Mount Vernon pending in Westchester County Supreme Court concerning Mount Vernon’s illegal demolition of the tennis bubble at the Memorial Field Tennis Facility on June 1, 2018.  In the litigation, the City of Mount Vernon  has admitted [...]
Keane & Beane represents members of Long Island real estate developer BEB Capital, LLC in an action against development partner William Catucci seeking to recover over $900,000 in insurance proceeds converted by Catucci.  The member of BEB Capital, LLC also have commenced proceedings to dissolve the limited liability companies of which Catucci is a  member. [...]
On February 28, 2020, an Order was signed whereby the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) agreed to refrain from taking enforcement action until April 1, 2020 with respect to the New York State Bag Waste Reduction Act (the “Bag Waste Reduction Act”). Keane & Beane, P.C.  recently issued a legal alert on [...]
At a news briefing on February 25, 2020, Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control, indicated it was not a matter of “if” but “when” an outbreak of the coronavirus, that has been plaguing China and other parts of the world, will begin [...]
Speaker: William Kang Subject:  Education Law Sponsor: MASLA Date: March 27, 2020 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Location: Wappinger Central School District, Board Room, 25 Corporate Park Drive, Hopewell Junction, New York  
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck Subject: Education Law Sponsor: WWBA; Diversity; Children, Families & the Courts; & Immigration Committees Date: April 2, 2020 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Location: Tudor Room, Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University
Keane & Beane, P.C. congratulates Horace Anderson, Jr. on his appointment as Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.  Dean Anderson became the Ninth Dean of the law school in December.  Keane & Beane, P.C. is proud to count several alumni of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University [...]
Article 27 of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) was amended to create a new Title 28 for the New York State Bag Waste Reduction Act (“Bag Waste Reduction Act”). The law takes effect March 1, 2020 and prohibits the distribution of plastic carryout bags by retailers in New York State. The law applies to any [...]
Keane & Beane attorneys Richard L. O’Rourke, Jennifer L. Gray and Zachary D. Oliva were successful in defeating a motion to enjoin the operation of a $1.6 billion 1,000 megawatt natural gas fired power plant in the Dover, New York. The power plant known as Cricket Valley Energy Center underwent a comprehensive environmental review process [...]
In a letter from our Managing Partner, Judson K. Siebert, Keane & Beane, as it embarks on its 40th Anniversary, would like to thank all of its friends, clients and colleagues for their continued trust and wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2020!  
On December 20, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act imposing a ten (10) year limit for most (but not all) non-spouse beneficiaries to spend down inherited retirement plans.  Previously, non-spouse beneficiaries could elect to take required minimum distributions (“RMDs”) over such beneficiary’s life expectancy, [...]
New York’s legislature enacted, and Governor Cuomo signed, a bill amending Education Law §§ 2509, 2573 and 3012. This amendment provides for a three-year probationary period for principals, administrators, supervisors and other members of the supervisory staff who have been previously appointed on tenure in an authorized administrative tenure area in another New York school [...]
Keane & Beane associate Suzanne E. Volpe has been elected to serve as Trustee of the Mamaroneck Public Library. She will begin her three-year term effective June 1, 2020. The Mamaroneck Public Library, located in the Village of Mamaroneck, New York, is a public library tax district and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Mamaroneck Library [...]
Keane & Beane P.C. was successful in its representation of BMR-Ardsley Partners, LLC (“BioMed Realty") in regard to an Amended Site Plan Approval and the Subdivision of approximately 42 acres located in the Town of Greenburgh.  The subdivision created three lots consisting of 16.3 acres, 9.4 acres and 17.1 acres.  The site was previously occupied [...]
On November 7, 2019, the Westchester County Bar Foundation recognized our Founding Member, Edward F. Beane as an Honoree at its 9th Annual Benefit in appreciation of his distinguished leadership, vision and dedication to the Bar and Foundation.  President Anthony J. Enea presented the award to Ed, who was surrounded by his wife, Eva and [...]
On October 29, 2019, Joel H. Sachs was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Westchester County Legal Aid Society for his 35 year tenure as a member of the Board of Directors, which includes 10 years as President. The Certificate was presented by Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society, Clare Degnan and [...]
Speaker: Steven A. Schurkman, Esq. Subject: Elder Law Sponsor: AARP Yonkers Area Chapter #5427 Date: November 19, 2019 Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Location: Yonkers Public Library, Grinton I. Will Branch, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY
Speaker: Steven A. Schurkman, Esq. Subject: Elder Law Sponsor: Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra Date: November 10, 2019 Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Location: Grinton I. Will Library Auditorium, 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, NY
On November 7, 2019, the Westchester County Bar Foundation will recognize our Founding Member, Edward F. Beane, Esq., as an Honoree at its 9th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction.  Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to participate in this event, as well as congratulate Ed on this well-deserved honor. Following his graduation from Brooklyn Law [...]
Keane & Beane is pleased to sponsor United Hebrew of New Rochelle & UGC Foundation's 100th Anniversary Gala Celebration. All proceeds raised directly benefit seniors in the care of United Hebrew of New Rochelle. As a nonprofit healthcare organization, United Hebrew of New Rochelle depends on community support to enhance the lives of its residents [...]
Keane & Beane is pleased to be a sponsor at the 102nd Annual Gala of The Hebrew Home at Riverdale Foundation's The Art of Aging. The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, provides assistance and grants to The Hebrew Home for the Aged at Riverdale, Hebrew Home Housing [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C., is proud to be marking 21 years of working with our vendor/partner Mitch Lippman. Mitch first came to our offices in the fall of 1998 to help the entire Keane & Beane team get trained and ready for a major computer-system upgrade, which included customized templates and other office automation. Since [...]
On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule that the agency estimates will make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.  Starting January 1, 2020, the salary threshold for an “exempt” employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) will increase from $455 per week ($23,660 annually) to [...]
On October 6, 2019, Keane & Beane Member Eric Gordon rode 62 miles in Columbia’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center's Velocity Ride for Cancer. Money raised goes to research, patient services and essential infrastructure to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients.
Keane & Beane Associate Eric T. Kolle elected as one of the new Directors of The Rockland County YMCA at its Annual Meeting at the Nyack Seaport. Mr. Kolle will serve a three year term. (See Article on page 96 of Rockland's Rivertown Magazine's 2019 Fall Issue) https://issuu.com/arlenelevine-roufa/docs/rivertown_magazine_-_september_2019
Keane & Beane was honored to support and participate in the celebration and dedication of City of Beacon's Former Mayor Clara Lou Gould for a lifetime of service! A plaque and bench were unveiled commemorating her contributions to the City of Beacon, which helped lay the foundation for the revitalization of the City of Beacon. [...]
On October 2, 2019, Jaclyn G. Goldberg will be presenting for New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) at Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York.  She will be providing an overview of which state and federal laws are most important to be aware of for small businesses, including the FLSA, the FMLA, Title [...]
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg Subject: Labor Law Sponsor: New York Small Business Development Center (NY SBDC) Date: October 2, 2019 Location: Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
On September 19, 2019, Lance H. Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg will be presenting at the Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police’s (MHACOP) Quarterly Meeting at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie, New York.  They will be discussing important labor issues that affect police departments  in the region and state, including the effect of the Janus decision, [...]
Speaker: Lance Klein and Jaclyn G. Goldberg Subject: Municipal Law/Labor and Employment Law Sponsor: Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police (MHACOP) Date: September 19, 2019 Location: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, New York
Stephanie M. Roebuck will be assisting the Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association in its presentation of New York State Mandated Governance Training for school board members.  The New York State Education Law requires all newly elected members of school boards to undergo a day-long training on governance issues.  Required in that training is a legal overview [...]
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg Subject: Municipal Law Sponsor: New York Conference of Mayors Date: September 17, 2019 Location: Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY
On September 17, 2019, Jaclyn G. Goldberg will be presenting at the New York Conference of Mayor’s (NYCOM) Fall Training School for City & Village Officials at the Saratoga Hilton in Saratoga Springs, New York.  She will be discussing how a municipality should process and challenge employee claims for unemployment and workers’ compensation benefits. Specifically, [...]
Congratulations to Joel H. Sachs for being selected as a 2020 best lawyer in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for his work in Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation. Joel H. Sachs represents private entities and governmental agencies in a wide variety of environmental, real estate, land development and zoning matters.  A significant portion [...]
Speaker: Jennifer L. GraySubject: State Environmental Quality Review ActSponsor: New York Planning FederationDate: September 18, 2019Location: Wallace Center at FDR Library and Museum, Hyde Park, NY
On September 18, 2019, Jennifer L. Gray will be presenting at the New  York Planning Federation’s Fall Training session at the FDR Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York.  She will be discussing the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) including a review of case studies that provide guidance for avoiding mistakes [...]
We are pleased to announce that Steven A. Schurkman has released the 20th Edition of  “Elder Law Q & A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future.” Written under a grant from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, this guide is widely disseminated throughout New York State through the continued support of [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is proud to sponsor the 20th Annual Senior Law Day to be held at the Westchester County Center on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Senior Law Day is an event providing free consultations and workshops in legal, financial and geriatric care for seniors and caregivers and [...]
Joel H. Sachs was named a Westchester Best Lawyer in the Fall 2019 issue of 914 Inc. Magazine in Environmental Law. Mr. Sachs' bio was also highlighted in the magazine.
Keane & Beane is proud to sponsor Pattern for Progress as they celebrate their 54th Anniversary at the 2019 Annual Reception with special guest Wes Moore, a New York Times Bestselling Author and CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.pattern-for-progress.org/events/patterns-annual-event/ or email Robin Degroat at rdegroat@pfprogress.org for tickets.
On June 21, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Knick v. Township of Scott, Pennsylvania.  The Knick decision alters the manner in which takings by local and state governments may be contested. The Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution states: “[N]or shall private property [...]
Speaker: Stephanie M. RoebuckSubject: Education/School LawSponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C.Date: August 15, 2019Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Keane & Beane, P.C., 445 Hamilton Avenue, 15th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601R.S.V.P.: Stephanie M. Roebuck
William Kang has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the NYS Association of Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs (MASLA). The NYS Association of Management Advocates For School Labor Affairs (MASLA)  is the only association in New York that is dedicated to advocating management’s position on public sector labor relations issues, including teacher [...]
On May 23, 2019, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly (417-3) passed the SECURE (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement) Act.  The SECURE Act would make significant changes to retirement plans such as (1) moving back the start dates for Required Minimum Distributions (“RMD”) from age 70 ½ to age 72, (2) expanding [...]
New York imposes a real estate transfer tax on the seller of real property (inclusive of cooperative apartments), or transferor of an interest in real property, where the consideration is greater than $500.  New York also imposes a “mansion” tax on transfers of residential real property where the consideration is $1,000,000 or more, but, unlike [...]
In June, New York eliminated exemptions based on religious belief from the state’s requirement that children receive certain vaccinations as a condition of attendance at schools and child care facilities.  An action filed on July 10, 2019 in Supreme Court, Albany County, F.F. on behalf of her minor children, Y.F., E.F. Y.F. v. State of [...]
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State School Boards Association Date: July 26, 2019 at 9:50 a.m. Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet, 425 East Route 59, Nanuet, NY
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis and Joel H. Sachs Subject: Real Estate Sponsor: New York State Bar Association Date: July 11 - 14, 2019 Location: Equinox Golf Resort & Spa, Manchester, Vermont
On June 14, 2019, the “Housing Stability and Tenant Protection Act of 2019” was passed by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor. Among many changes, the new law expands the previously limited option to enact rent stabilization laws at the local level. Prior to its enactment the expired rent control law only [...]
Issued earlier this year, Titan Concrete, Inc. v. Town of Kent, 63 Misc.3d 564, 94 N.Y.S.3d 817 (Sup. Ct. Putnam Cty. 2019), brought attention to the ethical obligation of recusal that municipal board members must address when they have a potential or actual conflict of interests with a matter before them.  While many board members [...]
On May 23, 2019, Eric T. Kolle was voted into the Rockland County YMCA Board of Directors.  The organization was founded in 1888 and the Board currently includes notable members such as Hon. Linda Christopher, Hon. Michael Grant, Hon. Paul Piperato (Rockland County Clerk) and Hon. Patricia Zippilli.  As a Board Member, Eric will assist [...]
New York’s legislature enacted and Governor Cuomo signed a bill eliminating New York’s religious exemption from immunization.  The bill, which may be accessed here, goes into effect immediately. The bill amends New York Public Health Law § 2164 by repealing subsection 9 of the statute, which provided for exemption from immunization for children whose parent(s)/guardian(s) [...]
On July 12, 2019 Joel H. Sachs will be the Chairman of a NYSBA program on Zombie Housing to be held at the Equinox Hotel, Manchester, Vermont. Zombie houses are homes which have been abandoned by the owners and are languishing in foreclosure proceedings. This is a major problem in NYS and nationwide.   For [...]
On June 12, 2019, Jennifer Gray was installed as Vice President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.  Jennifer also serves as co-chair of the WWBA’s Environmental & Land Use Committee and its Lawyering & Parenting Committee.  The WWBA’s mission is to promote justice for all, regardless of sex; to advance the social, economic and legal [...]
The Appellate Term of the Supreme Court for the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts held that a local municipality is not precluded from charging a defendant with a criminal violation of its zoning code, which is a misdemeanor, without providing said defendant with prior written notice to remedy said condition The Rye Town Justice Court [...]
Speaker: Steven A. Schurkman Subject: Estate and Elder Law Sponsor: Senior Law Day Collaborative Date: June 4, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Phelps Hospital - Residence Building, Auditorium, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) Date: May 21, 2019 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Location: HGAR, One Maple Avenue, White Plains, NY
On May 21, 2019 Nicholas Ward-Willis will be presenting at the Commercial & Investment Division (CID) Westchester Clean Energy Action Plan at HGAR (Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors) at One Maple Avenue, White Plains, New York beginning at 9:00 a.m. to discuss the ConEd planned moratorium and its current state of supply and demand for [...]
On June 4, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Phelps Hospital's Residence Building Auditorium, 701 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY, Steven Schurkman will present at the Senior Law Day Collaborative's Elder Law Series "Don't Fear the Tax Man: Tax Considerations for Estate and Elder Law Planning". The program is designed to help people [...]
Speaker: Jennifer L. Gray Subject: Land Use - SEQRA Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Date: May 15, 2019 Location: Judicial Institute, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY
Jennifer L. Gray has been selected to present at the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Land Use Training Institute’s Land Use Law Update Program.  She will be speaking about the 2018 Amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA").  The program will be held on May 15, 2019 at the Judicial Institute, Pace Law School [...]
On April 12, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed the annual budget bill.  Included in the bill is an amendment to Election Law § 3-110 regarding time allowed employees to vote.  The amendment:  (1) makes paid time off for voting available for all employees, not solely those who might not have had sufficient time to vote before [...]
The role of an Advisory Council member is to provide advice and assistance making recommendations to Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services (DSPS) on programmatic and policy matters related to particular areas of concern. Council members serve as a formal liaison between DSPS and the public to ensure that DSPS understands public concerns [...]
The New York State Education Department has released proposed regulations implementing Education Law § 2-d.  The full text of the proposed regulations, which will become Part 121 of the Commissioner’s Regulations, can be accessed on the Department’s website at the following link.  It is expected that the Board of Regents will take final action on [...]
The New York State Education Department has released proposed regulations implementing Education Law § 2-d.  The full text of the proposed regulations, which will become Part 121 of the Commissioner’s Regulations, can be accessed on the Department’s website at the following link.  It is expected that the Board of Regents will take final action on [...]
Associate Sarah A. Steckler has been recognized as one of the New York metro area’s Outstanding Young Women Lawyers in Estate Planning & Probate in the 2019 Super Lawyers New York Metro Women’s Edition and Super Lawyers magazine selected her as a “Rising Star” in the area of  Elder Law for the third year in [...]
Speaker: Stephanie L. Burns, Legal Counsel Subject: Education Law Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. and Capital Markets Advisor, LLC Date: March 29, 2019, 12:00 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco, Mt. Kisco, New York
Keane & Beane is pleased to sponsor the Joint Capital Project Construction Meeting of the Southeastern Chapter of New York State School Facilities Association and the Association of School Business Officials New York, Lower Hudson Chapter on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Mt. Kisco, Mt. Kisco, New York. Member [...]
On Thursday, April 4, 2019 beginning at 12:00 p.m., Keane & Beane will host the White Plains Bar Association's 6th Annual Pizza Luncheon Party sponsored by Orange Bank & Trust Company with White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach to discuss current developments in White Plains. The "pizza party" will be held at Keane & Beane's White [...]
Keane & Beane is proud to once again sponsor the Pace Women's Justice Center Fifth Annual Spring Cocktails for a Cause Party at the Eileen Fisher Learning Lab, 50 South Buckhout Street, Irvington, New York on Thursday, May 16, 2019 from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  Keane & Beane associate Sarah Steckler will be co-chairing the event. Proceeds will [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to announce that Amanda Magana has become associated with the firm.  Amanda is the newest member of Keane & Beane, P.C.’s municipal, land development-zoning and litigation practice groups.  She is a 2018 graduate, cum laude, of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where she pursued a [...]
On February 11, 2019, the Honorable Thomas E. Walsh, II, J.S.C., Supreme Court, Rockland County, issued a Decision and Order which denied defendant’s motion to restore her application for an attorney’s fees and costs award against plaintiff pursuant to CPLR §2214 and 22 NYCRR 130.1.1 to the trial court. The award being sought exceeded $600,000. [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. has provided several Legal Alerts on the Federal Communications Commission’s (the “FCC”) Declaratory Report and Third Report and Order (the “Wireless Infrastructure Order”), adopted September 26, 2018. Part 1 provides a general overview of the Wireless Telecommunication Order; Part 2 discusses the impacts to state and local government regulation of the [...]
In a recent decision, the Appellate Division, Second Department, held that the failure to challenge a planning board’s issuance of a determination under SEQRA not to require an environmental impact statement (i.e. a negative declaration) within four months was barred by the applicable statute of limitation under CPRL § 2017. Stengel v. Stengel v. Town [...]
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Date: February 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Location: HGAR White Plains, NY http://www.hgar.com/event/cid-con-edison-moratorium-impacts-on-development/
Speaker: Eric L. Gordon, Jennifer L. Gray, Patrick J. O'Sullivan and Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Date: May 30, 6:30 p.m. Location: Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY https://mailchi.mp/949de5a319bb/wmpf-land-use-training-institute?e=5f566fd365
Speaker: Eric L. Gordon, Jennifer L. Gray, Patrick J. O'Sullivan and Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Date: May 15, 6:30 p.m. Location: Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY https://mailchi.mp/949de5a319bb/wmpf-land-use-training-institute?e=5f566fd365
Speaker: Eric L. Gordon, Jennifer L. Gray, Patrick J. O'Sullivan and Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Date: April 18, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Location: Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY https://mailchi.mp/949de5a319bb/wmpf-land-use-training-institute?e=5f566fd365
Speaker: Eric L. Gordon, Jennifer L. Gray, Patrick J. O'Sullivan and Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Date: March 14, 2019, 6:30 p.m. Location: Westchester Community College Gateway Center, 75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla, NY https://mailchi.mp/949de5a319bb/wmpf-land-use-training-institute?e=5f566fd365
On March 15, 2019, Con Edison’s natural gas moratorium takes effect.  After March 15th Con Edison will no longer accept applications for new natural gas connections that increase energy demand, with only a few exceptions.  Con Edison has advised that this cut off date will not be extended, despite requests from the development community and [...]
On February 14, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Child Victims Act into law. The Child Victims Act is designed to protect victims of childhood sexual abuse by making significant changes to victims’ ability to bring civil actions for such abuse.[1] Under the Child Victims Act, victims of childhood sexual abuse may bring civil lawsuits [...]
For over 45 years, New York’s Freedom of Information Law (“FOIL”) has given individuals the right to obtain copies of records maintained by public agencies, including state and local governments, subject to certain exemptions.  With the proliferation of email and other electronic communication methods, local governments often face a daunting administrative task of redacting exempt, [...]
On January 18th, Con Edison issued a statement that effective March 15, 2019, Con Ed will not accept new  longer be accepting applications to allow connections for natural gas service in much of Westchester County. Important insights into the possible impacts from the moratorium in Westchester County can be obtained from a similar moratorium that [...]
On February 13, 2019, I appeared and spoke at a Public Service Commission ("PSC") hearing on the Con Edison Natural Gas Moratorium. Many of our public and private clients are greatly impacted by Con Edison’s sudden announcement of the moratorium on January 18, 2019, which is to go into effect one month from now, on [...]
On January 18th, Con Ed issued a statement that effective March 15, 2019 – now just about a month away – Con Ed will not accept new natural gas applications for service in most of Westchester County.  As widely reported, Westchester County developers (as well as politicians and most everyone else) were caught by surprise [...]
On February 19th in Boca Raton, Florida, Joel Sachs will be a highlighted guest speaker at The Levis JCC Sandler Center's program The Rise, Decline & Possible Rebirth of the Catskills in the Gambling Casino Era.
As you may be aware, the United States Department of Justice ("DOJ") commenced a review of school district compliance with Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act ("VRA"), 52 U.S.C. § 10503 last summer.  At the time, DOJ representatives indicated that the intent of the review was not to take punitive action for non-compliance, but [...]
On Friday, February 8, 2019 beginning at 8:00 a.m., Keane & Beane's Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Practice Area Groups will host a roundtable discussion to discuss Con Edison's Moratorium on New Natural Gas Connections covering the parameters of the moratorium, the impacts to approved and pending development projects and its [...]
On February 1, 2019, Governor Cuomo signed into law Senate Bill 2523/Assembly Bill 2852, which amends the Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) to extend the time in which furloughed or designated non-paid federal employees can pay real property taxes without interest or penalty. The legislation adds a new §925-e to the RPTL, the terms of [...]
Speaker: Members of the Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Departments Subject: Land Development & Zoning, Construction Law and Real Estate Sponsor: Keane & Beane, P.C. Date: February 8, 2019 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Location: Keane & Beane, P.C. 445 Hamilton Avenue, 15th Floor, White Plains, NY 10603
On January 18, 2019, Con Edison announced the demand for natural gas from new development is outpacing its ability to supply the product to new customers.  The demand is due to new construction and conversion from oil to natural gas.  As a result, Con Edison announced that beginning March 15, 2019, it will no longer [...]
In his capacity as an officer of the NYSBA Environmental & Energy Law Section, Nicholas Ward-Willis appeared before the NYSBA Committee on the Constitution to present the Section’s recommendation for an Environmental Rights Amendment to the NYS Constitution. Along with other representatives of the Section, Mr. Ward-Willis noted 3 other states guaranteed its residents environmental [...]
On January 18th, Con Ed issued a statement that demand for natural gas is “reaching the limits of the current supplies to our service area.”  As a result, effective March 15, 2019 - in less than two months - Con Ed will not accept new natural gas applications. While there is uncertainty, one hopes the [...]
On Tuesday January 22, 2019, Drew Victoria Gamils, Esq.  presented at Pace Land Use Law Center’s Corporation Counsel Round Table meeting on the Federal Communications Commission’s Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order, and its impact on local government regulation of the placement, construction and modification of small cell wireless facilities.  The Corporation Counsel’s Roundtable meetings are [...]
At its September 26, 2018 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) considered and approved the Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order which: (1) clarifies the scope and meaning of Sections 253 and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act, (2) establishes shot clocks for state and local approvals for the deployment of Small Wireless Facilities, [...]
Speaker: Lance Klein and Jaclyn Goldberg Subject: Labor Law Sponsor: Municipal Administrators/Managers Association Date: January 16, 2019 Location: Doral Arrowood, Rye Brook, NY
Keane & Beane welcomes new associate, Eric T. Kolle, as part of its Real Estate and Business Transaction law teams.  Mr. Kolle is a 2011 graduate of the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law’s Master of Laws in Taxation program and a 2010 graduate of the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law, where [...]
Senior Counsel Joel Sachs and Member Patrick O'Sullivan recently handled the closing on a $5M historic mansion located in Irvington, New York, known as Villa Lowero. The Mansion was built in 1919 by Madame C.J. Walker, who was the first female African-American millionaire in the United States. The story of her life will be the [...]
The week of January 7, 2019, Keane & Beane, P.C. will host a 1L Syracuse University College of Law student interested in a career in Trust & Estates and Elder Law. Through shadowing our Trust & Estates and Elder Law practitioners, the student will be provided with the opportunity to develop, challenge and broaden their [...]
Article 81 Guardianships can be a helpful tool for planning for a loved one’s care.  However, it is often the case that the same factors that necessitate the Guardianship make obtaining jurisdiction over an alleged incapacitated person (“AIP”) difficult. Petitions seeking Guardianships are often complicated when a person is moved from their home to a [...]
On Tuesday November 27, 2018, Drew Gamils participated in a panel discussion for Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic run by John Cronin to discuss the impacts of road salting and ways to encourage the sustainable application of road salt by municipalities. The panel also addressed legal liability and public policy concerns in connection with road [...]
On October 26, 2018, the Honorable Keith J. Cornell, Rockland County Surrogate, issued a Decision and Order granting a preliminary injunction sought by Keane & Beane, P.C., in an Accounting Proceeding.  The injunction suspended two Trustees of five interrelated trusts from continuing to function as trustees of each of these trusts, effective immediately. The application [...]
On December 5, 2018, Richard O'Rourke will be honored with the Founder's Award at the Pace Law School's 17th Annual Alfred B. DelBello Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference Dinner at Mansion on Broadway. For more information and to register:  http://www.alumni.pace.edu/s/1655/02-alumni/index.aspx?sid=1655&pgid=1966&gid=2&cid=4133&ecid=4133&post_id=0
Richard O'Rourke and fellow Judges were awarded Certificates of Honor by the Putnam County Bar Association at its banquet held on November 1, 2018 at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, New York.  The Awards were for dedication to the residents of Putnam County.  Rick has been a Member of Keane & Beane for 32 [...]
Associate Drew Gamils will be participating on panel at the Young Alumni Networking Event at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The event is hosted by the Career Services Office. Drew is one of five panelist invited to participate. Students, families and alumni are all welcome to attend the [...]
Joel H. Sachs' interview by the Westchester County Bar Association was highlighted in the October 2018 issue of Westchester Lawyer Magazine.
At its September 26, 2018 meeting, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) considered and approved the Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order which: (1) clarifies the scope and meaning of Sections 253 and 332(c)(7) of the Communications Act, (2) establishes shot clocks for state and local approvals for the deployment of small wireless facilities, [...]
On September 5, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) issued a Declaratory Ruling and Third Report and Order. This document is part of a national strategy to promote the timely build-out of small cell wireless telecommunication facilities (“small cell facilities”) across the country by eliminating what the FCC and the industry perceive to be regulatory [...]
On September 7, 2018, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that amended Civil Service Law Section 75 (“Section 75”), according due process protections to labor class employees. Previously, labor class employees were not entitled to any due process rights under Section 75. Section 75 provides that certain employees may not be terminated or otherwise disciplined as a [...]
We are pleased to announce that Steven A. Schurkman has released the 19th Edition of  “Elder Law Q & A: An Introduction to Aging Issues and Planning for the Future.” Written under a grant from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, this guide is widely disseminated throughout New York State through the continued support of [...]
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject: Education Law Sponsor: Westchester Women's Bar Association Date: October 30, 2018 Location: Keane & Beane, P.C.
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State School Boards Association Date: October 27, 2018 Location: Sheraton New York Times Square
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Esq. Subject:  Labor & Employment Law Sponsor: New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Date: September 27, 2018 Time: 10:45 a.m. Location: Executive Conference Center, New York, NY
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State School Boards Association Date: September 15, 2018 Location: Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES
Keane & Beane, P.C. once again has received recognition in the 2019 Best Lawyers in the New York City area, Best Lawyers in Westchester and Best Lawyers in America.  Joel Sachs has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Environmental Law and Environmental Law Litigation.
Richard O'Rourke of Keane & Beane was quoted in a recent front page news article in the Journal News regarding a proposed  mixed-use re-development of 39-51 North Broadway in the Village of Tarrytown.  Stretching an entire block in the heart of the Village, the pedestrian friendly plan would include  a mix of 225 apartments, 35,000 [...]
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State School Boards Association Date: July 27, 2018 Time: 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Location: Crowne Plaza White Plains Downtown
On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court (“Court”) issued its ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31, et al. (“Janus”), holding that state laws requiring public sector employees who are not union members to pay “agency fees” were unconstitutional. Prior to Janus, public sector employees who [...]
Speaker: Ronald Longo Subject:  Education Law - Janus Case and Its Implications for Negotiations and Employee Relations in New York State Sponsor: MASLA Date: July 15, 2018 - July 18, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Location: Saratoga Springs, New York  
On June 28, 2018, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced DEC’s adoption of amendments to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations. These are DEC’s first major amendments to SEQRA in more than twenty years. The final amendments will be published on the DEC’s website on July 18, [...]
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been elevated from Secretary to the position of Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Committee.  Mr. Ward-Willis has been a member of the Committee for over two decades and participates in coordinating the activities of the Committee including its programming and the Committee’s comments on [...]
On June 7, 2018, two municipalities for whom Keane & Beane, P.C. serves as Town Attorney received awards from the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation (WMPF). The WMPF recognized the Town of New Castle with a Planning Commendation award for its adoption of the new Town Comprehensive Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan was based in significant part [...]
While you may be tempted to rush to court to seek justice, it is important to first exhaust all other avenues of appeals.  If you fail to “exhaust administrative remedies” prior to commencing an action in court you may find yourself right back where you started. In municipal and land use law, administrative remedies are [...]
Speaker: Stephanie L. Burns Subject:  Education Law - Ethical Dilemmas in the Representation of School Districts and Families Sponsor: New York State Bar Association Date: June 6, 2018 Time: 4:00 p.m. Location: CFA Society, New York  
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg Subject:   Labor & Employment Law Sponsor: New York State Bar Association Date: June 4, 2018 Time: 11:50 a.m. Location: Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid, NY
On June 1, 2018, Barbara Durkin, our Office Manager, will celebrate her 38th year at Keane & Beane, P.C. After graduating from Berkeley Secretarial School in 1980, Ms. Durkin was given the opportunity to join Keane & Beane, P.C., then a newly formed firm, as a legal secretary. In 1985, Ms. Durkin was promoted to [...]
We all strive to meet the costs of day to day living and to build and protect our wealth for our families.  It is a natural extension of that financial management to work with an attorney to create an estate plan and a will or trust which will provide for our heirs, avoid conflict and [...]
On June 9, 2018, 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, thirteen years ago, as [...]
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis, Esq. Subject:  Municipal Law Sponsor: Westchester Municipal Officials Association Date: May 10, 2018 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Chappaqua, New York  
Speaker: Jennifer L. Gray Subject:  Municipal and Lane Use Law Sponsor: New York Planning Federation Date: April 24, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Location: Sagamore Hotel, Bolton Landing, NY  
Keane & Beane welcomes new associate, Jeffrey A. Cohen, as a part of its Trusts & Estates law and Business Transactions law teams. Mr. Cohen is a 2005 graduate of the New York University School of Law’s Master of Laws in Taxation program and a 2004 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law (magna [...]
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Esq. Subject: Labor & Employment Law Sponsor: Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police (MHACOP) Date: April 19, 2018 Time: 8:30 am Location: The Grandview, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject: Education Law Sponsor: New York State Management Advocates for School Labor Affairs ("MASLA") Date: April 13, 2018 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: BOCES Instructional Center, Holbrook, New York
Just over a year ago, on March 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its first decision in decades clarifying the standard required for provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) first enunciated in Board of Educ. of Hendrick Hudson Central School Dist. v. Rowley, 458 U. S. 176 (1982).  In [...]
On April 23, 2018 (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, with County Executives of Putnam, Rockland and Westchester, will present "Three Leaders-One Region", discussing regional topics that face them every day. For further information, please visit: http://www.pattern-for-progress.org/events/three-leaders-one-region/
Keane & Beane welcomes new associate, Zachary D. Oliva as part of its Trusts & Estates law team. Mr. Oliva is a 2016 graduate of Pace University School of Law (magna cum laude, Acquisitions Editor of Pace Law Review). Mr. Oliva will assist members of the firm as counsel in the Estate Planning Department, in [...]
Keane & Beane is proud to sponsor the Pace Women's Justice Center Fourth Annual Spring Cocktails for a Cause Party at Lola's Mexican Kitchen, White Plains, New York on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Keane & Beane associate Sarah Steckler will be co-chairing the event. Proceeds will support PWJC's legal services programs and help to assist victims and survivors [...]
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject:  Education Law Sponsor: Westchester Putnam School Boards Association Date: March 28, 2018 Time: 8:00 a.m. Location: 450 Mamaroneck Avenue, Harrison, New York
Speaker: Stephanie M. Roebuck, Esq. Subject:  Education Law Sponsor: Mid-Hudson Regional Affiliate of the NYS Special Education Task Force Date: March 15, 2018 Time: 12:00 p.m. Location: Independent Living, Inc., 5 Washington Terrace, Newburgh, New York 12550
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Esq. Subject: Labor & Employment Law Sponsor: New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Date: May 7, 2018 Time: 2:15 pm Location: Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, New York
Speaker: Jaclyn G. Goldberg, Esq. Subject: Labor & Employment Law Sponsor: Westchester County Bar Association (WCBA) Date: March 15, 2018 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Westchester County Bar Association, White Plains, NY
Speaker: Sarah Steckler Subject: Elder Law Sponsor: Financial Planning Association Date: 3/6/2018 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Sam's of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, New York
If you are a private sector employer in the state of New York with at least 1 employee, on January 1, 2018 you became obligated to comply with the New York Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (“Paid Family Leave Law”). The following is a list of things you should consider to make sure you are [...]
Sexual harassment is a term that describes unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. With the recent focus on sexual harassment in the media, it is now more important than ever that employers take proactive measures to promote a sexual harassment free workplace and promptly [...]
Determining whether individuals are “independent contractors” or “employees” can be tricky. Yet the stakes are high, as a misclassification can lead to costly penalties and fines.  As such, it’s important to “get it right.”  Merely calling an individual an “employee” does not make it so. The independent contractor versus employee inquiry focuses on the “right [...]
In reading the news, it is probable that students in New York State will seek to protest surrounding issues of school safety and gun access. Given this, it is a good time to remember what First Amendment rights students have and what actions school districts can and cannot take when faced with students’ protests. In [...]
At the New York State Bar Association Environmental and Energy Law Section's Annual meeting, Nicholas M. Ward-Willis was elected by its members to move from Secretary of the Section to its Treasurer, effective June 1, 2018.  Mr. Ward-Willis practices in the firm's Environmental Law Section and regularly counsels clients on the performance of environmental due [...]
Nicholas M. Ward-Willis has been appointed by the Honorable Terry Jane Ruderman to serve on the 9th Judicial District Committee to promote gender fairness in the courts.  The New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts is a local committee working to secure the equal justice, equal treatment and equal opportunity that the [...]
Each year, the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press organizes what is known as “Sunshine Week” — a nationwide call to action for journalists, educators, elected and appointed officials and private citizens to promote transparency and good government.  This year, in anticipation of Sunshine Week, which is to [...]
Last year Governor Cuomo signed new legislation, the “Abandoned Property Relief Act of 2016,” to create Sections 1308, 1309 and 1310 of the Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (“RPAPL”) to confront the lingering vacant and abandoned property epidemic resulting from the mortgage foreclosure crisis that continues to blight neighborhoods throughout New York State. The [...]
Nicholas Ward-Willis has been selected to participate in the Pattern for Progress Fellows Program.  The Pattern Fellows Program is an innovative leadership program started by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress in 2007 to expand the horizons of those already acknowledged as leaders in their communities and disciplines. The program helps participants to gain a more intimate [...]
Only three states, New Jersey, Maine and Colorado, require schools to permit students to use medical marijuana in school in accordance with those states’ laws.  A fourth state, Washington, permits schools to decide whether or not to allow students to use medical marijuana.  But one eleven year old girl in Illinois will now also be [...]
In two recent cases, the Appellate Division, Second Department, overturned determinations that a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) was not required under SEQRA. The cases provide helpful illustrations of the type of new information and changed circumstances that lead agencies cannot overlook when determining whether an SEIS is required. In Shapiro v. Planning Bd. of [...]
Speaker: Judson K. Siebert Subject: Education Law: PILOT Agreements and Tax Certioraris and Their Impact on School Budgets Sponsor: Rockland County School Boards Association Date: 1/18/2018 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: BOCES Conference Center, 65 Parrott Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
Richard L. O'Rourke, who serves on the Executive Board and as Corporate Secretary of the Pattern for Progress, was the subject of the "Meet The Board" spotlight in Pattern's December 2017 Newsletter.  Keane & Beane, through Rick O'Rourke, has been an active supporter and long-time member of Pattern for Progress, a not-for-profit policy, planning, advocacy [...]
Keane & Beane collected toys to donate to White Plains High School's National Honor Society's 5th annual Toys for Tots toy drive! Each year the White Plains National Honor Society collects 200-250 toys to donate!! The staff at Keane & Beane was so pleased to donate and support our local high school students!
Judson Siebert has been named Managing Member of Keane & Beane, P.C. Mr. Siebert will serve as the third Managing Member of Keane & Beane since its formation in 1982. He succeeds David Glasser, who has led Keane & Beane since 2000, and Edward Beane, a founding member of the firm. “It is a singular [...]
Keane & Beane is proud to announce that four of its attorneys were named as 2017 Super Lawyers and two Rising Stars. Congratulations to: David Glasser - Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate, Real Estate (Super Lawyers 2014-2017) Richard L. O'Rourke - Land Use/Zoning, General Litigation, Environmental (Super Lawyers 2011, 2013-2017) Steven A. Schurkman - Estate Planning [...]
Speaker: Nicholas M. Ward-Willis Subject: Environmental Law/Real Estate Sponsor: New York State Bar Association Date: 10/31/2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY), 570 Lexington Avenue, NYC
Joel Sachs has been recognized in the Fall 2017 issue of Westchester Magazine's 914 INC. magazine as one of the best enviornmental lawyers in Westchester County
The Town of Somers has approved a 66 Town House development and DeCicco's grocery store after a comprehensive environmental review. Keane & Beane served as counsel in obtaining zoning amendments, site plan, subdivision approval, including extension of municipal special districts to provide central water and sewer services to the projects. Richard O'Rourke and Jennifer Gray [...]
William S. Kang and Sarah A. Steckler have been selected as 2017 New York Metro Rising Stars. New York Metro Rising Stars must be 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for less than 10 years. Selections for this honor also are based upon peer recognition and professional achievement. Recipients represent the top [...]
On July 22, 2017, the Honorable Judge Nelson S. Roman, U.S.D.J., issued an Opinion & Order granting a motion for summary judgment brought by Keane & Beane, P.C. on behalf of Fortistar Capital, Inc., dismissing a complaint filed against Fortistar by a former employee. The employee had asserted claims for retaliation under Title VII of [...]
Keane & Beane, P.C. is pleased to welcome senior associate Susan Fine to the Education Law Department. With over 15 years of experience in representing school districts, Susan Fine represents public school districts as General Counsel and Special Education Counsel in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, New York. She handles school litigation matters [...]
Nicholas Ward-Willis assumed the position of Secretary to the New York State Bar Association's (NYSBA) Environmental & Energy Law Section. The Section's purpose is to bring together members of the NYSBA who are interested in environmental law for furtherance of the public interest in an effective and fair legal framework for protection of the human [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
On June 8, 2017, at a ceremony held at Whitby Castle, Richard L. O'Rourke was 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.  In conjunction with this honor, Westchester County declared June 9, 2017 "Richard L. O'Rourke Day".
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in the case of Fry, et vir, as Next Friends of Minor, E.F. v. Napoleon Comm. Schs. The decision relates to a procedural argument made in many lawsuits involving children with disabilities. While the decision deals with procedural postures in judicial settings, there is significant [...]
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
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 [...]
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.
Many new Legal Alerts have been posted to our Legal Alerts section!
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.
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 [...]
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision today in the case of Endrew F., et al. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. In this decision, the Supreme Court sets forth the standards of what is a free and appropriate education (“FAPE”) under the Individuals With Disabilities Act (“IDEA”). This unanimous decision revisits the [...]
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 [...]
On January 19, 2017, the New York State Commissioner of Education issued a decision in Appeal of Amanda DeRosa, Decision No. 17,028 that expands the New York State Education Department’s interpretation of how substitute service impacts seniority. Here, Petitioner, Amanda DeRosa, was appointed to a substitute elementary school teacher position for two (2) months in [...]
Last evening the Trump administration determined to withdraw the federal guidelines relating to transgender students in public schools. In doing so, the federal government spokesperson indicated that it is the position of the current administration that how transgender students are accommodated is a state's rights issue. The New York State Education Department issued guidance on [...]
The Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision today in the case of Fry, et vir, as Next Friends of Minor, E.F. v. Napoleon Comm. Schs. The decision relates to a procedural argument made in many lawsuits involving children with disabilities. While the decision deals with procedural postures in judicial settings, there is [...]
Recently, in Congregation Ateres Yisroel v. Town of Ramapo (2017 NY Slip Op 00287), the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Second Department held that the use of property in violation of local zoning laws prohibits the issuance of a tax exemption under the Real Property Tax Law. Plaintiff Congregation Ateres  Yisroel, a religious not‐for‐profit [...]
On February 8, 2017, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) released for public comment a draft rulemaking to update the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) regulations. The proposed amendments represent the first update to SEQRA in 20 years. Conversations concerning possible amendments to SEQR began as early as 2009 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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.