Monthly Archives: March 2012

Budget Magic

The budget deal in Albany this week doesn’t fund Gov. Cuomo’s new Tenant Protection Unit at DHCR, but Assembly Housing Committee Chair Vito Lopez is happy that Gov. Cuomo will find the money internally anyway. New Energy Benchmarking reports for … Continue reading

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Cell ‘Safety’

Those radio waves from cell phone towers are safe…from liability. The Appellate Division, First Department, ruled in Stanley v. Amalithone Realty that health claims by tenants in a building neighboring one with an antenna were preempted by the Federal Telecommunications … Continue reading

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Redistricting etc.

This week’s big ugly compromise in Albany on redistricting, pension reform, DNA recordkeeping, and casino gambling – topics which naturally go together – created a new State Senate district in the Albany area that seems tailored for a local Republican … Continue reading

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Toxic Decision

Toxic mold is back. The Appellate Division, First Department, held this week in Cornell v. 360 W. 51st St. that scientific arguments could be presented for mold-induced health problems. The court held that prior decisions dismissing mold cases for relying … Continue reading

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MetLife Settlement Probably Not Peanuts

MetLife’s 10K filed with the SEC this week has one line in a footnote referring to Roberts v. Tishman saying MTL has reached a settlement in principle with the plaintiff tenants, subject to finalizing the settlement terms and court approval.  … Continue reading

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