Office Leasing 101

February 1, 2012

While many landlords have a form lease, the terms may vary depending on the needs of each particular property and tenant.  The following list reviews some of the basic terms of a typical office lease and identifies some issues that the parties should address in the lease agreement in order …Read More

Statutory Limitations on Snow Plow Liability

January 30, 2012

Pursuant to Section 1103(b) of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, a snowplow operator engaged in work on a highway is exempt from the “rules of the road” and may be held liable only for damages caused by an act done in “reckless disregard for the safety of …Read More

Zoning Contingencies in Commercial Leases

January 15, 2012

In New York, and especially in Westchester County, zoning approvals are often required for incoming tenants even when no exterior improvements are being proposed. In addition to the building permit for the interior alterations, the new use may require a site plan amendment, sign permit, parking variance or change of …Read More

Local Wetlands Regulations in New York

January 1, 2012

Pursuant to Section 24-0501 of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law, local municipalities (i.e. Towns, Cities and Villages) can regulate activities in freshwater wetlands.  However, such local laws must be at least as protective as their state counterpart. By way of example, the Freshwater Wetlands Law of the Town …Read More

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