Capital Region Legal News

Thursday, December 29, 2016

What Will a Trump Presidency Mean for New York Real Estate?


In the months leading up to the election, New York real estate agents witnessed a significant shift in buyer behavior due to uncertainty over who would ultimately win the Presidential race. Some buyers even sought to include a clause in their contract that if Donald Trump was elected, they would have the option to cancel the sales contract.

In the days following the election, real estate agents experienced cancelled viewings and delayed contracts.


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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Critical Issues in Commercial Real Estate Transactions


How can I protect by business in a commercial real estate deal?

As the broader economy continues to recover, the commercial real estate market in the Capital Region offers investors a number of opportunities. At the same time, there are inherent risks associated with the purchase and sale of commercial property. Let's take a look at some of the key issues that need to be navigated in order to achieve successful outcomes. 

Financial Issues

The overarching factor involved in these transactions is the size of the investment, and determining an accurate valuation of a property requires due diligence. Obviously, this hinges on the type of property you are looking to buy, whether an office building, apartment complex, shopping mall and the like.
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Boyfriend of ‘Catwoman’: Assault situation ‘very disturbing’


What sentences might the Catwoman face for her actions?

Being charged with assault and battery is serious. Charges can range from probation to real jail time. New York is waiting with morbid fascination to see what will happen to Jocelyn Wildenstein, after being arrested on assault charges.


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Sunday, December 11, 2016

What disclosures are required in residential real estate transactions?


Would you move into a house or apartment that was the site of a suicide, homicide or other violent crime? Do you think real estate agents are required to tell you if the home has been involved in some way with a death or violent crime?

These questions came up in a recent article published in the New York Times about New York residential properties and their sometimes troubled past.

When Julia Dahl and Joel Bukiewicz were looking for an apartment to rent in Brooklyn, their real estate agent felt compelled to disclose to them that the prior renter of the apartment they were about to view had committed suicide in the apartment.


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

'Rash of Hate Crimes' Reported Day After Trump's Election


What constitutes a “hate crime” and what can it mean for sentencing?

The entire country has seen an uptick in hate-crime violence in the wake of the election this month, as some Trump supporters have been emboldened by Trump’s campaign positions against minority groups.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, suicide hotlines are ringing off the hook, reports of school bullying has increased and more KKK literature drops have been witnessed. Swastikas painted next to Trump’s name have also been found scrawled on vehicles, homes and buildings associated with minority groups.

The Law Center has received over 400 reports of violence and intimidation between November 8th and November 14th against people of color, Muslims, immigrants, the L.G.


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Saturday, November 26, 2016

242 charged with DWI in NYS during Halloween crackdown


The New York Police Department often chooses holidays and other celebratory events to crack down on drivers who may have imbibed too much.  This is exactly what happened this past Halloween, when the NYPD set its’ sights on reducing the amount of impaired drivers on the road.


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Monday, November 14, 2016

The Arrest Process


What takes place if I am arrested? How should I respond?

For most of us, being arrested is a frightening prospect, so understanding what will occur can keep you from panicking.  As soon as you are arrested, it is essential to contact a skilled and experienced defense attorney who can represent your interests.

Though the steps may vary somewhat from one region in the U.


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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

New York mag considering relocating from Hudson Square


What should you look for when considering commercial real estate?

Following the recent trend of other media companies, like Conde Nast, Time, Inc. and Associated Press relocating from Midtown to the Financial District, New York Magazine is considering a move as well.  According to COO Kit Taylor, the company is considering a move to a “more efficient and cost effective space.”

Currently, New York Magazine is residing at One Hudson Square, occupying more than 80,559 square feet of space. As of Q3, asking rent for Class A and Class B office space in that neighborhood was $67.


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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Windows 10 Mobile Will Bolster 36,000 Crime-Fighting Phones In New York


When does law enforcement technology violate 4th Amendment rights?

Technology can be used in amazing ways to keep us safe, productive and connected.  We use technology in so many aspects of our lives that we rarely think about the implications.  When it comes to law enforcement, technological advances may be helpful, but they may also lead to 4th Amendment violations.


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Warrantless Cell Phone Pinging: Is this Constitutional?


As criminal defense attorneys, we routinely review the initial series of events giving rise to an arrest to ensure constitutional criminal procedures were followed. Whether the case involves a traffic stop, stop-and-frisk or search of a property, we are often able to pinpoint certain issues that may have been unconstitutional leading up to the arrest. For instance, the search of a property must begin with a valid search warrant based upon probable cause.


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Capital Region Developer and Former University President Named in Recent State Corruption Scandal


What crimes are Alain Kaloyeros and Joseph Nicolla accused of committing?

During the past few weeks, both Alain Kaloyeros, 60, and Joseph Nicolla, 59, have been arrested on charges of bid-rigging in the Albany region. Nicolla, who has been named by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a felony complaint, is president of an Albany-based real estate development company Columbia Development. His long-time friend, Alain Kaloyeros, the suspended president and CEO of SUNY Poly, was indicted on related charges a few days before Nicolla. If you are arrested for any criminal act in the Capital Region of New York State, you should contact a


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