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Property Tax Assessment

  • 16
  • April
    2014

Property tax assessment complaints must be filed with most New York Towns and Cities on or before the fourth Tuesday in May. This year's "grievance day," May 27, is the day after Memorial Day, so "last minute" filers should try to complete and file their reduction requests by Friday, May 23, to be prudent. If using mail, registered or certified mail is recommended so the filer has written proof of delivery.

Many leases confer the right to protest a property's assessment upon a tenant which pays a property tax pass-through. Absent a specific enabling clause in its lease, it is wise for a tenant to file anyway if ownership is inattentive or disinclined to protest for any reason and the valuation and tax burden appear excessive. WHEN IN DOUBT - FILE, as there are virtually no viable means to force a taxing jurisdiction to accept an untimely complaint.

Falling merchandise and shelves in Bronx cause serious injuries

  • 11
  • April
    2014

For most people, going to the store is an act that doesn't take too much thought with the exception of deciding what to purchase. Most people don't think about the possibility of being hurt while at the store, but there are some instances in which injuries at a store do occur. For eight people who were shopping at Discount Outlet in Bronx, falling merchandise and tumbling shelves ended with them at Lincoln Memorial and Mental Health Center.

Shoppers who witnessed the incident said that an 8-foot shelf buckled. That shelf hit another shelf and a chain reaction that resembled falling dominoes started. Some of the merchandise even spilled out of the front windows of the store. A mountain of products fell on top of three children and three adults. A witness reported that one of the victims was screaming in what seemed to be excruciating pain. The witness also said horrible screams were heard from the children.

New York parents sue jiffy bus operator and owners

  • 27
  • March
    2014

The death of a child is a difficult experience for any parent to go through. When that death is caused by the negligence of someone else, the difficulty is likely increased. For one New York family, the death of their daughter has led them to file a lawsuit alleging that a commuter bus driver and the jointly-operated companies that employed the driver were negligent, careless and reckless.

The accident leading to this lawsuit occurred when the jiffy bus the driver was operating jumped over a curb and hit a lamppost. The lamppost fell over and killed the complainants' daughter. The accident led to Angelie's Law, which holds jiffy bus operators and owners to strict regulations and stringent oversights. The law was signed into effect in January.

Food product in New York recalled for undeclared ingredients

  • 14
  • March
    2014

For some people, deciding what foods to purchase at the grocery store is a challenge. For some of these people, food allergies or food sensitivities necessitate closely checking food labels for ingredients that might cause a reaction. A recent recall might interest New York residents who have a sensitivity to sulfites.

Golden Natural Fruit Island products from Crown Food Distributors has been recalled for failing to declare the presence of FD&C color yellow #6 and sulfites. For people who are sensitive to these ingredients, serious or life-threatening reactions are possible. As little as 10 mg of sulfites can affect people with asthma. Anaphylactic shock is also possible in people with a sensitivity.

Fatal accident rates for older drivers dropping

  • 26
  • February
    2014

In January we noted how self driving cars could be popular in the next decade; not only because of how they would likely be able to resolve issues for direction challenged drivers, they would also provide a safe mode of transportation for older drivers. When self driving cars were conceptualized, designers likely were concerned with the number of elderly drivers on the road after the year 2020, as well as the possibility of increasing accidents involving senior citizens.

Drug related accidents may prevent marijuana legalization

  • 11
  • February
    2014

While the idea of legalized marijuana use in New York may be many years away, the idea is gaining momentum across the United States. After all, more than a dozen states have legalized it for medicinal purposes, and two states (Washington and Colorado) have sanctioned recreational use of the drug even though federal law still prohibits it.

Despite the growing sentiment, there is still a real danger for the driving public because of the increasing use of marijuana while behind the wheel. According to a report produced by Columbia University’s Center for Epidemiology and Prevention, the number of instances where marijuana was linked to a fatal accident tripled between 1999 and 2010.

Self-driving cars to be popular in the next decade

  • 29
  • January
    2014

If you think that the latest safety innovations in 2014 model year cars are making cars safer, prepare yourself for the coming evolutions that will eventually lead to autonomous vehicles. What was previously thought of as pure science fiction is gradually becoming reality as a number of automakers are involved in a race to get self-driving vehicles (SDCs) on the road.

According to a recent study by IHS Automotive, sales of SDCs are expected to reach 230,000 by 2025 across the world, with more than 11 million in annual sales of such vehicles by 2035. The push of SDCs is simply driven by technological advances, safety is at the center of this phenomenon. 

Hacker Murphy Files Class Action Lawsuit against Stewart's Shops Claiming Violations of State and Federal Wage and Hour Laws

  • 21
  • January
    2014

Stewart's Shops is facing a class action lawsuit alleging violations of State and Federal wage and hour laws.

The lawsuit, filed on January 9, 2014 in Federal District Court, alleges that Stewart's Shops failed to compensate employees for all hours worked. Specifically, it is alleged that employees were routinely required to perform work before and after their scheduled shifts yet were not paid for such time.

Why you should avoid peephole driving

  • 15
  • January
    2014

Here’s a riddle: When is a car like a tank? The real answer is: never. However, a number of drivers during the winter believe that their cars are fortified battle vehicles that only require a small viewing space in their windshields. It’s not like they intend to treat their vehicles like tanks, but in the haste of getting to work after an evening snow (or morning frost) they do not clear their windshields fully. Instead, they rely on clearing just enough space to see out of, while their internal defroster does the rest as they drive.

This phenomenon, called “peephole driving” is a common, yet risky practice that countless drivers rely on in the morning hours (and sometimes at night) every winter. 

Car accidents can forever change the lives of New York residents

  • 04
  • January
    2014

Car accidents can impact victims and their families in different ways. From minor injuries to death, car accidents can be devastating and cause extreme financial stress on individuals. Sadly, one family is now mourning the loss of their loved one in New York following a recent crash.

The 61-year-old man was killed when the SUV he was riding in was hit on the side as it went through a red light. According to police reports, the SUV failed to stop at the red light and another vehicle crossing through the intersection on a green light hit the vehicle. The man was transported to a local medical facility but later died as a result of the injuries he had suffered. No injury information was available for other individuals involved in the accident.

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