Partner Yvonne Cort, who focuses on Tax and Tax Controversy, authored the article below for the October 2018 issue of the National Conference of CPA Practitioners Nassau/Suffolk Chapter Newsletter.
Christopher Wright’s article, “Can a Combined Zoning Lot Include a Partial Tax Lot?” was published in the New York Law Journal Volume 261 – No. 120, on June 24th, 2019.
Christopher serves as the primary zoning counsel for CBMS.
Partner Joseph Milano, representing the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (“Synod”), defended the Synod in a case against Eltingville Lutheran Church (“Eltingville”), one of their nearly 200 interdependent member churches. After a nearly two year ecclesiastic process, the Synod Council determined that Eltingville could no longer fulfill the purposes for which it was formed and took charge and control of Eltingville’s property pursuant to Church doctrine and polity and New York law. Eltingville sought to have the New York State Supreme Court nullify the decision of the Synod Council and prohibit the Synod from imposing synodical administration at Eltingville. The Synod moved to dismiss Eltingville’s complaint, arguing that the Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction over this internal church dispute because the decision of the Synod Council was a nonjusticiable religious dispute. The Supreme Court granted the Synod’s motion. Eltingville appealed to the Appellate Division, Second Department, which affirmed the decision of the lower court, stating that the “First Amendment forbids civil courts from interfering in . . . religious disputes” and that by “uniting with a denominational body, a local congregation consents to be bound by the ecclesiastical determinations of the denominational government, subject only to such appeals as” that denomination itself provides.
Mr. Milano represents many denominations and has successfully litigated numerous cases related to governance of religious organizations.
A link to the full article below:
Can a zoning lot consisting of more than one tax lot include partial tax lots, or must it include the full lot?, by Christopher Wright
Christopher Wright’s article “Can a zoning lot consisting of more than one tax lot include partial tax lots, or must it include the full lot?” was featured in New York Real Estate Journal’s Question of the Month section, May 7, 2019. Christopher is counsel in the firm’s Land Use and Zoning practice area.
Long Island Business News announced the arrival of the firm’s newest attorneys, Damianos Markou and Jordan Kanzer in its “Movers & Shakers” section. Newsday made the announcement in its Business section.
Associate David Zandi was featured in the New York Real Estate Journal special Year in Review: 2018 edition. You may read Mr. Zandi’s interview here.
MLMIC: Initial appointment of policy administrator does not necessarily extend to distribution of the cash payments
Partner Joseph Milano issued this important memorandum to his clients on September 26, 2018.
Associate Jodi Warren, whose practice focuses on advising religious and nonprofit organizations, was profiled in this week’s New York Real Estate Journal: 2018 Women in Real Estate issue. The profile highlights a recent deal Ms. Warren structured that helped a financially troubled church generated income and continue its mission for the long term.
You may read the profile here
Associate Jodi Warren, whose practice focuses on advising religious and nonprofit organizations, was published in Thomson Reuters Checkpoint, Real Estate Taxation Journal, 2nd Quarter 2018. This article was also published in the Taxation of Exempts Journal, July/August 2018.
You may read the article here.