February 21, 2013

The Supreme Court, Suffolk County has upheld a prospective tenant’s action for specific performance of a 49-year commercial lease in Flying Point, LLC v. Killybegs Realty Corp., Index No. 03-2521. The lease at issue involved a parcel of vacant land in Southampton, New York.  The owner of the property, after negotiating and then signing the lease documents, denied that the signatory had any authority to bind the owner as the landlord in the lease.  After conducting a trial, the court found the owners’ testimony to be not credible, upheld the prospective tenant’s action, and concluded that the lease was enforceable.

January 14, 2013

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated a District Court decision regarding the interpretation of restrictive covenants in Petrello v. White, 10-2744-cv. The case involved the meaning of a restrictive covenant that required two properties to be held by “a common owner of record.” The District Court had found that the covenant required 100% identical ownership for both properties, but the appellants argued that the covenant only required at least one common owner, but did not preclude additional non-common owners.  The Court of Appeals analyzed New York’s rules governing the interpretation of restrictive covenants, found the appellants’ proposed interpretation to be plausible, and remanded the case back to the District Court for further consideration in light of extrinsic evidence.

December 6, 2012

EHA Partner Carmela Di Talia has been recognized as the 2012 Director of the Year of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Di Talia, who has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, received the award at the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue on December 6, 2012.

September 19, 2012

The Appellate Division, Second Department, has dismissed an owner’s claim in a construction dispute alleging a breach of warranty, in Snow v. Seff, 2012 NY Slip Op 6201.  The contractor successfully argued that the owner waived his claim for breach of warranty by failing to give the contractor proper notice of the alleged defect.

July 5, 2012

The Supreme Court, Suffolk County has dismissed a petition to invalidate East Hampton Airport’s Master Plan Update (MPU) and Airport Layout Plan (ALP), in Committee v. Wilkinson, Index No. 10-41928.
The Court rejected the petitioners’ claims that the Town of East Hampton violated the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), instead concluding that the Town performed a proper environmental review when it adopted the MPU and ALP in September of 2010

June 20, 2012

EHA Partner Carmela Di Talia has been installed as a Director of the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association (SCWBA).  SCWBA is the local chapter of the New York State Women’s Bar Association, an organization comprised of over 3,800 members statewide, including prominent attorneys and judges.

June 20, 2012

The Appellate Division, Second Department has affirmed the grant of summary judgment to a landowner who sought to set aside a “tax deed” to property taken by the County of Suffolk due to unpaid taxes, in Bridgehampton Development Corp. v. County of Suffolk, 2012 N.Y.Slip Op. 04963.  The appeals court agreed with the trial court that the County violated the landowner’s constitutional right to due process of law by failing to provide notice, by mail, of the original tax lien sale.  As a result of the case, the original owner’s title to the property was restored.

May 9, 2012

The Supreme Court, Suffolk County has struck down the “adjacent area” regulations in the Village of Sagaponack’s Coastal Erosion Hazard Area (CEHA) law in Petrello v. Board of Trustees of the Village of Sagaponack, Index No. 26159/2011.  The plaintiffs successfully argued that the Village’s adjacent area regulations, which were modeled after the Town of Southapton’s unique CEHA regulations, exceeded the Village’s power to impose CEHA regulations under State Law.

April 10, 2012

The Appellate Division, Second Department, upheld a trial judgment in favor of a homeowner for a contractor’s breach of the housing merchant implied warranty of General Business Law 777-a, in Link v. Sarcona, 2012 NY Slip Op 02642

April 6, 2012

EHA’s Managing Partner, Stephen Angel, served as a Visiting Professor with the Faculty of Law at the University of Miskolc, in Miskolc, Hungary.  Mr. Angel taught a two-week certificate course to the University’s students on United States Civil Procedural, from March 26th to April 6th.