Patrick McCarthy, Mary Rogers and Chris Stracco wrote an article, "What Will Become Of Jersey City's Tax Abatement Law?," in Law360. The article is about the significance of a ruling by Third Circuit in Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. v. City of Jersey City, 2016 U.S. App. Lexis 16654 (3d Cir., Sept. 12, 2016). The decision found that the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey erred in dismissing a suit against Jersey City challenging its ordinance which required the use of union labor on certain construction projects which were subject to property tax abatements. The Third Circuit held that the city was not acting as a "market participant" but rather as a "regulator," and therefore the plaintiffs' National Labor Relations Act, Employee Retirement Income Security Act and dormant Commerce Clause claims against the city were cognizable and thus were reinstated. The significance of this decision is that the plaintiffs’ challenge to the ordinance requirement of the PLAs will be allowed to go forward. If the plaintiffs ultimately prevail in their challenge to the ordinance, they may not be required to otherwise comply with its collective bargaining requirements. Other redevelopers may be hesitant to enter into tax abatement agreements with the city under the ordinance unless and until the validity of the ordinance's collective bargaining provisions are adjudicated one way or the other.
On March 20, Craig Gianetti, a partner in Day Pitney's Real Estate & Land Use group and secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Land Use Section, will be moderating and speaking at the 2019 Land Use Update, a program presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) and being held at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, NJ.
Craig Gianetti and Nicole Magdziak co-authored an article, "An Update on Redevelopment and Pilots," published by Dimensions, a newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association.
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Joseph Hammer, the firm's Real Estate Redevelopment practice group chair, will be moderating a program, "Navigating the Site Plan Review Process," presented by the New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA).
Jay Mussman was quoted in an article, "Advisors Have Key Role to Play in Hurricane Aftermath," published in InsuranceNewsNet.com.
Real estate partner Craig Gianetti was quoted in an article titled "NJ Affordable Housing Trial May Signal Fate of Later Cases" (subscription required) that was published by Law360.
Real estate partner Craig Gianetti was quoted in an article titled "Affordable Housing Developers Anxious amid Tax Uncertainty" (subscription required) that was published by Law360.
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Christopher Stracco was elected Treasurer of the New Jersey Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) by its Board of Trustees. IOLTA is a unique and innovative way to increase access to justice for individuals and families living in poverty and to improve our justice system. Stracco's term as Treasurer expires on February 28, 2017. Chris was appointed to the IOLTA Board of Trustees by the New Jersey Supreme Court in 2014.