On June 30, Gov. Christie signed legislation extending the Permit Extension Act for an additional year in those counties most impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The Permit Extension Act, originally signed into law on September 6, 2008, in response to the 2007 recession, effectively extended certain existing property development permits and government approvals by suspending the running of the approval period. The act was further extended in 2010, 2012 and 2014. These extensions extended approvals through December 31, 2015, and in some cases, through June 30, 2016. The act expired on December 31, 2015, however, and as a result, no approvals were extended beyond June 30, 2016. Developers were therefore faced with having to seek extensions of previously granted approvals or to reapply.
The newly signed legislation grants a reprieve to "Superstorm Sandy-Impacted Counties." These are Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union counties. The running of the approval period is suspended through December 31, 2016, for government approvals in existence on December 31, 2015, concerning lands located entirely within one of these counties. The legislation therefore extends approvals in these counties for an additional year, up to June 30, 2017.
On Wednesday, March 15, Kate Coffey will be speaking at the 13th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law: Lease Agreements, Defaults, and Collections seminar about laws concerning leasing and condominiums.
On February 27, Kate Coffey will be speaking at the 5th Annual Landlord-Tenant Law: From Lease to Eviction Seminar for Sterling Education Services, a non-profit continuing legal education company.
Theresa Kelly and Howard Fetner wrote an article, "AARP Lawsuit Puts EEOC In An Awkward Position," for Law360.
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Al Marks, Christina Parlapiano and Jennifer Neuner wrote an article, "How NY Is Fighting Back Against 'Zombie' Properties," for Law360. The article is about the new legislation called The Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act that the state of New York recently enacted to ease neighborhood blight.
Michael P. Byrne was mentioned in an article, "Day Pitney, Greenberg Traurig Steer $130M NYC Loan," in Law360.
Barbara Freedman Wand was quoted in the article "Banks Explore Multiple Avenues For Community Investment," in The Commercial Record.
Harold Blinderman was quoted in an article, "Coal Co.'s Win Won't Diminish EPA's Regulatory Clout," in Law360. In the article, he discusses the significance of the case, Murray Energy Corporation et al v. Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency, in which the federal District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia granted summary judgment to Murray Energy.
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