ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed more than a handful of notable new bills into law over the past week that range from increasing the number of crimes that can be categorized as domestic violence, to banning discrimination in the workplace based on religious attire or facial hair. The new laws add to other measures already passed and signed after the New York state Legislative session ended in June, which included decriminalizing marijuana, allowing the mounting of traffic cameras on stop signs to monitor school bus safety, and banning veterinarians from performing cat declawing. The bills signed into law starting Aug. 5 include: Increased domestic violence protections There are three pieces of legislation that are meant to expand protections for victims of domestic violence. The first broadens the definition of the crime of domestic violence to include forms of economic abuse that can be perpetrated by a partner, such as identity theft, grand larceny and coercion. The other law … [Read more...] about August brings flurry of new New York state laws
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Deerfield, NY -- A homeowner accused of shooting to death two burglars at his rural Oneida County home was likely justified to use deadly force based on two different state laws, the district attorney and a longtime criminal lawyer agreed.Ronald Stolarczyk, 64, was inside his home Tuesday at 6110 Walker Road when he shot to death two burglars, who he says came toward him after he yelled at them to leave, authorities said. Stolarczyk’s lawyer, Mark Wolber, told Syracuse.com | The Post-Standard his client was “scared to death and thought he was going to die.”That can be considered a legitimate reason to use deadly force under New York state law. But there’s another legal reason to kill someone: in defense of your house -- known for ages as the “Castle doctrine.”Killed in Tuesday’s shooting were Patricia Anne Talerico, 57, and her nephew, Nicholas A. Talerico, 27, of Utica.Nicholas Talerico appears to have previously broken into Stolarczyk’s … [Read more...] about Is it legal in New York state to shoot intruders in your home?
In a new twist in the legal fight over the future of Buffalo's well-known Cellino & Barnes law firm, the wife and daughters of Ross M. Cellino Jr. are starting a new personal injury law firm. That will not deepen the Cellino & Barnes dispute as long as Ross Cellino is not involved in the new firm, said Paul J. Cambria Jr., the attorney for Cellino's estranged law partner, Stephen E. Barnes. On its incorporation papers, Cellino & Cellino lists Ross Cellino's home address as its headquarters, but that's because the attorneys involved are Ross Cellino's wife, Anna Marie Cellino, and his daughters, Jeanna M. Cellino and Annmarie R. Cellino. Jeanna Cellino said the new firm's office will be in Buffalo's Olympic Towers, and they are planning to open around June 1. Asked if Ross Cellino is involved in the new venture, Jeanna Cellino said, "No, not in any way. It's solely my mom and my sister and me. ... His firm is Cellino & Barnes, and that's where his loyalty lies. He has … [Read more...] about Cellino’s wife, daughters start new personal injury firm
Kaplan Lawyers PC, a personal injury firm with office locations across New York City, said that the user-friendly approach reflects the firm’s values. /EIN News/ -- New York, NY, Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- With the rollout of a redesigned and reimagined website, John Tucker said Kaplan Lawyers PC is taking advantage of an opportunity to show what the New York law firm is all about. Tucker is the director of claims management at Kaplan Lawyers PC, which helps clients in New York that have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. He said that most people feel overwhelmed before they come to the Kaplan Lawyers PC offices, not just because of their injury, but also because the legal system can be intimidating. “Our goal is to put people at ease,” Tucker said. “We do things differently than many other firms. We meet clients on their terms. We wanted to accomplish the same thing with the new incarnation of our website.” … [Read more...] about New York City Law Firm Reinvents Online Image with New Website
A fallen GOP congressman is trying to take a controversial New York labor law down with him. A little over a week after losing his re-election bid to Democrat Antonio Delgado, upstate Rep. John Faso penned a letter to federal Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao that asks her to undercut New York State's scaffold law. Advocates for the construction industry have urged Albany to tear down the ordinance, which imposes full liability for gravity-related injuries upon owners and subcontractors who fail to take certain precautions. Faso noted in his missive to the Trump appointee that the regulation is unique to the Empire State, and the rest of country uses a standard of comparative negligence, which can hold workers responsible for job site accidents. The lame-duck Republican also echoed claims that the rule is to blame for yawning insurance costs, and will thus push up the price tag for major infrastructure undertakings, such as the protracted effort to bring Long Island Rail Road trains … [Read more...] about Lame-duck congressman takes aim at New York scaffold law