Options for Commercial Landlords to Manage Distressed Tenants in New York
August 6, 2020 The full economic impact caused by the pandemic is not yet known, particularly in the area of commercial tenancies. As businesses assess their long-term viability, landlords may face an increase in rent payment defaults, fewer prospective tenants, or a drop in rental rates. There are a number of options that commercial landlords may consider to mitigate the effects from the COVID-19 business interruption including: lease workout, lease buyout, eviction and insurance claims. With each option, landlords must navigate several key issues to determine the best solution for their particular needs.
Eric J. Mandell receives 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award
Congratulations to Eric J. Mandell on being named one of the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars by the Business Council of Westchester. Eric will join Westchester County’s brightest young professionals on September 2, 2020 to receive this prestigious award from the Business Council of Westchester.
New York Forward: Returning to the Workplace 10 Questions to Answer Before Reopening Your Business
Businesses in New York State are beginning to reopen. While we are not yet able to reopen non-essential businesses in New York City or Westchester, we can and should start to think about what reopening will look like and prepare our plans and policies so that we can reopen safely and lawfully when permitted. Below are 10 questions any New York employer should be able to answer before reopening its workplace.
Consider Mediation and Arbitration to Resolve Business Disputes While Court Access is Limited, and Will Be Backlogged, Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 27, 2020 Mediation and arbitration are potentially attractive alternatives to resolving business disputes, especially given the pandemic induced stress on the court system. Courts in New York are operating on a limited basis due to social distancing rules, and will be backlogged even when they return to “normal.” Court litigation may be necessary and may be the best, or only option, for dispute resolution depending on the circumstances, but other options should be considered. In mediation a neutral third-party facilitates negotiations to resolve a dispute when the parties cannot negotiate a resolution on their own. In arbitration the parties […]
Alfred E. Donnellan receives Access to Justice Award
Legal Services of the Hudson Valley honored Alfred E. Donnellan as he stepped down after 13 years of service as Board President. The Equal Access to Justice Dinner was scheduled to be held on April 2, 2020, but due to COVID-19 was changed to a digital dinner and was shared via social media. Mr. Donnellan was awarded with the 2020 Access to Justice Award. Mr. Donnellan has been committed to supporting LSHV and its efforts to provide free legal services to children and families throughout the Hudson Valley. We wish to extend our sincere congratulations to our partner and thank […]
Senate Passes Paid Leave Coronavirus Relief
Today the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Among other things, the law includes an emergency expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act and a requirement for paid sick leave related to COVID-19 . Both of these new and temporary laws only apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees. In addition, the Secretary of Labor shall have the authority to issue regulations exempting small businesses with fewer than 50 employees from the paid leave requirements if such requirements would jeopardize the viability of the business as a going concern.
Department of Labor Issues Guidance and Poster for Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires employers with fewer than 500 employees to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19 . The Act will take effect on April 1, 2020.
What COVID-19 Means for Your Contracts
As the world enters into uncharted territory with nation-wide lockdowns and most commercial activity delayed indefinitely, questions arise as to how existing contracts will be affected. Here is what to look for in your contracts and the potential avenues of relief in New York State .
Leading Westchester Law Firm Expands Adding Six Attorneys from a Prominent Firm
DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr welcomes the attorneys of Collier Halpern & Newberg WHITE PLAINS, NY (January 2020) — DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederkehr, LLP (DDWWW), a leading Westchester general practice law firm, has expanded with the addition of six partners and associates from Collier Halpern & Newberg, LLP (CHN) following managing partner Philip Halpern’s nomination to be a federal district court judge in the Southern District of New York. DDWWW has established itself as a preeminent law firm in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, renowned for having one of the largest commercial litigation practices in the market […]
Mark P. Weingarten receives Martin S. Berger Award for Lifetime Achievement
Mark P. Weingarten was honored November 15, 2019 at the 32nd Annual March of Dimes Real Estate Awards Breakfast for his tremendous contributions and tireless commitment to the March of Dimes in bringing awareness to the prevention and treatment of premature births and the challenges faced by infants and their families. We thank all of you who were there to show your support for the March and Dimes and congratulate Mark on his achievements, as well as Martin G. Berger and Joseph D. Roberto, who were also honored at the event. Well done!