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Breakfast Series: New York Foreclosure: Government Mortgage Settlements, Foreclosure Legislation and Practice Tips for Practitioners
May 29
8:15 - 9:30 AM

Foreclosure issues prevail in today's headlines. But it is not always clear to all practitioners when it is appropriate to raise affirmative defenses, submit complaints to government agencies or otherwise assert clients' rights based upon government settlements, foreclosure legislation or other entitlements, and when it is not. Join us for an informal discussion that will explore some of these nuances and learn how to best assert your clients' rights in a foreclosure action.



Current Governance Issues in Coops & Condos
June 10
8:30 - 10:30 AM

This seminar will examine important issues relating to employment laws and the administrative forums that affect boards and individual directors, as well as board member fiduciary duties.


Construction Contracts 101: Contracting for a Successful Project
July 17
9:00 AM -
12:00 PM

A panel experienced in the area of construction law will provide a practical introduction to construction contracts. The panel will discuss different types of construction agreements and provide an in-depth analysis of the major topics within Owner/Architect agreements, Owner/Contractor agreements and Contractor/Subcontractor agreements. Through its presentation, the panel will highlight each party’s preferred position and a proposed resolution, using case studies and real-world examples.

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Affordable Housing Issues for the de Blasio Administration
In the latest of the “transition” letters the City Bar has sent to the new mayoral administration, the Housing and Urban Development Committee provided a number of recommendations designed to preserve the existing affordable housing stock, expand and improve the Inclusionary Housing Program, and develop approaches to increase the resources available to, and staffing of, the City’s housing agencies.

Construction or Alteration of Multiple Dwellings
The Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee expressed support for A.9159/S.3584, which would authorize the New York City Commissioner of Buildings to vary or modify any provision or requirement of the Multiple Dwelling Law where strict compliance results in practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, as long as the spirit and intent of the law are maintained and public safety is preserved. The report notes that the benefits of the legislation, such as encouraging investment, discouraging deferred maintenance and improving the quality of lower-income housing by allowing older buildings to be renovated with greater flexibility, greatly outweigh any possible concerns expressed by opponents of the legislation.

New York City Land Use Issues
The Committee on Land Use, Planning and Zoning sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio outlining a number of issues that his Administration is likely to encounter in the near future regarding land use. The letter identifies a number of recommendations including suggested improvements to the City's process for utilizing community benefit agreements and support for state legislation that would amend the Multiple Dwelling Law to grant the Department of Buildings broad authority to waive Building Code requirements where strict enforcement would give rise to practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship, so long as public health safety and welfare were preserved.

New York City Housing Authority
The Committee on Housing and Urban Development expressed support for A.6964/S.4641, which would require the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) to follow New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), a statutory process designed to ensure public participation in city planning decisions, such as the infill development plan when conveying any city-owned land or buildings. The proposed legislation would provide a structured and consistent process for NYCHA to hear, discuss and meaningfully address public concerns, as well as take into account community needs such as the proposed impact on transportation, infrastructure and public services. Having a fair and meaningful review process, the report urges, is critical to maintaining transparency and responsiveness to New Yorkers' concerns.

Committee Involvement--It's Never too Late
Committees are how the City Bar’s work gets done. Working on a committee can give you great experience while opening up a number of career doors, some you may not even anticipate.

A full list of the City Bar committees along with a brief description of each and an application form can be found on the City Bar’s website. As a number of City Bar committees have more applicants than available slots, please consider applying to more than one committee.

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