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Richard J. Drake James R. Loeb Glen L. Heller Marianna R. Kennedy Gary J. Gogerty Stephen J. Gaba Adam L. Rodd Dominic Cordisco Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr. Nicholas A. Pascale Benjamin M. Wilkinson
Business & Corporate Law Land Use & Development Environmental Law Real Estate Municipal Law Banking Law Elder Law Estate Planning Estate Probate & Admin Civil & Commercial Litigation Tax Law Personal Injury Social Security Disability Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights Employment Discrimination
Richard J. Drake James R. Loeb Glen L. Heller Marianna R. Kennedy Gary J. Gogerty Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr.
Gary J. Gogerty Stephen J. Gaba Adam L. Rodd Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr. Nicholas A. Pascale Benjamin M. Wilkinson
Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC is pleased to welcome Nicholas A. Pascale to the firm. Mr. Pascale joins as an associate in the litigation department.
The Orange County Partnership recently named Dominic Cordisco and his Co-Chair of the Alliance for Balanced Growth, John Lavelle, as the Partnership’s 2012 Most Valuable Partners. As part of a statewide effort to update its wetland maps and extend its jurisdiction, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is finalizing new wetlands maps for all of Orange County . Mr. Cordisco and Mr. Lavelle immediately recognized the potentially adverse impact of this remapping on businesses, landowners and municipalities. Future construction projects could be in jeopardy and loss of revenue could lead to a reduction of services. Together, they took the lead and began researching alternatives for the DEC to consider, educating the public on the remapping impact and mobilizing the business community and elected officials to ensure that our voices get heard. Their tireless efforts have raised awareness of this issue giving the Orange County community the opportunity to alter an otherwise foregone conclusion.
Orange County President Maureen Halahan stated, “For years, John and Dominic have supported economic development through their Alliance for Balanced Growth activities. Their work on the wetlands issue has been so thorough and exhaustive that it is being used as a model throughout the state. They are undoubtedly the best candidates for this prestigious award.”
The MVP Award is presented to honor an individual or individuals that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve the economic strength and diversity of Orange County .
Dominic Cordisco is a partner with the firm. His practice includes land use permitting and environmental law for both municipal and private clients. He is a past Regional Attorney for Region Three of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Mr. Cordisco has been a lecturer for various programs including SEQRA, wetlands regulation, endangered species, mining, underground storage, and oil spills, and appears regularly before the New York Association of Towns, the New York Planning Federation, and the Orange County Municipal Planning Federation. Mr. Cordisco is co-chair of the Alliance for Balanced Growth, and he serves as co-chair of the New York State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section’s committee on Mining, Oil and Gas Regulation. He earned his B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law, where he received the Murray Award for Outstanding Public Service.
The Annual MVP Breakfast will be held on Thursday, June 7th at 8:00AM at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. For reservations, call Ginny Forni at the Partnership (845-294-3696)
ORANGE COUNTY PARTNERSHIP ELECTS CORDISCO TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Orange County Partnership has announced that Drake Loeb Partner Dominic Cordisco was named to the organization’s Board of Directors. The Board’s Chairman Alan Seidman stated, “In the last 25 years, the Partnership has been priviliged to attract the influential business leaders in Orange County to its Board, raising the profile of the Partnership to one of the premier economic development agencies in the state. Dominic’s addition to the Board continues that tradtion.”
Glen L. Heller, partner with the New Windsor law firm of Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC, has received the coveted AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. This top rating is awarded by Martindale-Hubbell based on reviews received from the attorney’s peers for excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice.
Richard J. Drake will be honored by the Orange County Bar Association during its Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner on May 12 when he receives the John F. McBride Lifetime Achievement award. The award recognizes an individual attorney who has maintained the highest professional and ethical standards throughout his or her career. Drake is a founder of and partner with Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC in New Windsor. He has been practicing law in Orange County for more than fifty years in the areas of real estate and business law. Fellow recipients of this honor include Drake’s longtime partner James R. Loeb, who received this award in 2002.
Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC is pleased to announce that Partner Richard J. Drake will be honored with a Distinguished Trustee Award by the United Hospital Fund. He will receive the prestigious award honoring extraordinary service and leadership to the hospital industry during a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on June 10, 2011. Other 2011 Distinguished Trustee Award honorees include Trustees from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital.
DRAKE AND McELDUFF PRESENT OCCC SEMINAR
“HOW TO CHALLENGE YOUR COMMERCIAL REAL
Drake Loeb partners Richard J. Drake and Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. presented in conjunction with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce the seminar “How to Challenge Your Commercial Real Property Assessments.” The seminar was held at the Chamber on March 22 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and discussed the basics of how to seek a reduction in commercial property assessments and recover a refund on past tax overpayments. Admission was free for members. If you are interested in learning more, email us at email@example.com for further information.
Drake Loeb is pleased to announce that Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr. has been made a Partner effective January 2011. Mr. Puglielle had been employed at the firm as Litigation Counsel. Mr. Puglielle has extensive experience in areas of litigation including construction, collections and business litigation. He received his law degree cum laude from Albany Law School and his undergraduate degree cum laude from SUNY New Paltz. A lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, Mr. Puglielle currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Newburgh Community Improvement Corp. and is Legal Counsel for the Newburgh Chapter of UNICO National.
"NET CONSERVATION BENEFIT" REGULATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL IMPACT ON LAND USE AND CONSTRUCTION
by Dominic Cordisco – September 2010
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has made draft regulations available for public comment, which, if adopted by NYSDEC, will significantly change the regulatory oversight of endangered and threatened species in New York State. The draft regulations, which amend 6 NYCRR Part 182, would require an applicant to provide a "net conservation benefit" in order to obtain a permit to "take" a protected species. Taking is broadly defined, and includes any disturbance of a protected species' habitat. The draft regulations would require an applicant to not only mitigate a project's potential impacts on a protected species, but to enhance the species' habitat above and beyond what it would be even if the project were not built.
McELDUFF AND PUGLIELLE OF DRAKE LOEB SPEAK AT SEMINAR ON DEBT COLLECTION
Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. and Ralph L. Puglielle, Jr., a partner and litigation counsel respectively with the New Windsor law firm of Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC, spoke at the National Business Institute’s seminar, “Collection Law Tips and Strategies.” The seminar was held on July 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Mr. McElduff, Mr. Puglielle and other speakers focused on educating businesses and attorneys in the field on the options available for improved success in debt collection. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information.
We are pleased to announce that the newly installed Village of Monticello board has hired Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC as the new village board and planning board attorneys. Partner Dominic Cordisco comments, “We look forward to working with the new village manager John Barbarite, Mayor Gordon Jenkins, and the members of the board and the other municipal boards and officials and thank them for the opportunity to bring our municipal experience to this area.” Drake, Loeb has one of the top municipal law groups in the Hudson Valley; they represent many area municipalities such as the Town of Cornwall, Town of New Windsor and the Village of Cold Spring.
CORDISCO SPEAKS AT 2009 ANNUAL NEW YORK
PLANNING FEDERATION CONFERENCE
Dominic Cordisco, a partner with Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy. Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, was a featured speaker at the 2009 Annual New York Planning Federation Conference held in Lake Placid, New York from September 13-15. Mr. Cordisco presented information concerning State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Lead Agency disputes. He was also presented a paper on “Evaluating Greenhouse Gas Emissions at the Local Level.” Mr. Cordisco concentrates his practice in land use, environmental and municipal law. He is a past Region Three New York State Department of Environmental Conservation attorney.
FIRM PARTICIPATES IN ORANGE COUNTY
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2009 BUSINESS EXPO
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Business Expo on Wednesday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to promote and create networking opportunities for our area businesses. As counsel to the Chamber, Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC was once again pleased to be a part of this event. With more than 2,300 members, the Chamber is the largest business and professional organization in the Mid-Hudson region and one of the ten largest in New York State.
Above, from left, Jennifer Schneider, firm administrator,
with James R. Loeb, partner and firm associate Jennifer Wright with
partner Glen L. Heller and associate Timothy P. McElduff, Jr. at the
2008 Business Expo.
ADAM RODD ELECTED TO SAFE HARBORS OF THE HUDSON
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Adam L. Rodd, a partner with Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC, has been appointed to serve on the board of directors of Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Safe Harbors of the Hudson is a non-profit organization located in Newburgh, New York. Its mission is to transform lives and build communities through housing and the arts. Mr. Rodd concentrates his law practice in the areas of litigation; municipal law; and planning, zoning and land development. His clients include not-for-profit organizations, individuals, school districts, health care providers and businesses. He currently serves as the attorney for the Town of Cornwall Zoning Board of Appeals and the Town of Philipstown Zoning Board of Appeals.
RICHARD J. DRAKE APPOINTED TO THE INDEPENDENT
JUDICIAL ELECTION QUALIFICATION COMMISSION FOR THE
NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Richard J. Drake, a senior partner at Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd PLLC, has been appointed to serve a three year term as a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the Ninth Judicial District. The Commission is charged with evaluating judicial candidates running for election to the Supreme Court, County Court, Surrogate’s Court, Family Court, New York City Civil Court, District Courts and City Courts throughout New York to determine if they are qualified for the office to which they seek election. Mr. Drake is a past Chairman of the Committee on Character and Fitness in the Ninth Judicial District, Second
The Women's Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties during the 30th annual meeting at the Eagle's Nest in Bloomingburg presented Drake Loeb staff member Rose Marie A. Thoma with the Rose Rosen Memorial Scholarship. Ms. Thoma will attend Albany Law School in the fall. She has worked with Drake Loeb since 2006. The memorial scholarship is newly created and named for Rose Rosen, who graduated from law school and was denied admission to the New York State Bar because she was a women. She persevered and was eventually successful. She was one of the founding members of the Women’s Bar Association of Orange & Sullivan Counties and remained active until her death.
A recent tax law change promises to help give older Americans some much needed financial flexibility as they struggle to manage their finances during this difficult economic time. A key provision in the recently passed Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008 is designed to help alleviate the financial burden facing some seniors who have seen their retirement savings shrink dramatically. The new provision provides relief to senior citizens by allowing them to continue to keep money in retirement accounts that they are typically required by law to withdraw once they reach age 70½. Here's a brief summary of this new provision:
As you know, the tax laws generally require individuals with retirement accounts to make required withdrawals based on the size of their account and their age every year after age 70 1/2. This rule is intended to prevent wealthy individuals from using retirement accounts as a tax shelter. Any individual who fails to take a required minimum distribution (RMD) is heavily penalized by the IRS, which taxes the amount not withdrawn at 50%.
The new law suspends the required minimum distribution from retirement accounts in 2009. This waiver, which is available to everyone regardless of their total retirement account balances, applies to all defined-contribution plans, including 401(k), 403(b), 457(b), and IRA accounts. Suspending the mandatory withdrawal allows retirees to keep the money in their account if they choose and possibly recoup some of their losses.
Keep in mind that this is only a summary of this new provision. If you would like to discuss this matter further, please contact Glen L. Heller, Esq. at 845-561-0550.
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