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Vincent Gallo: So you want to rescind and cancel your Mortgage? The United States Supreme Court unanimously rules: “Go right ahead!”

posted Jan 23, 2015, 6:10 AM by Pete Weinman

Vincent J. Gallo, Esq., RCBA Real Estate Chair, offers his thoughts and questions on Jesinowski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., 13-684 (January 13, 2015), wherein the United States Supreme Court, just days ago, in a unanimous 9-0 decision ruled that a Homeowner/Borrower was entitled to “rescind” and cancel their Mortgage if they were not provided with the requisite disclosures, including their finance charges and interest rate, among other disclosures, to which they were entitled under the Federal Truth in Lending Act.

Check out the post, which Mr. Gallo graciously forwarded for us to see, HERE.

The 2015 Justice Louis San Giorgio Supreme Court Intern Program Application is out!!

posted Jan 22, 2015, 1:33 PM by Pete Weinman

April 10 is the deadline and the application is here: HERE and applicants will hear from the Richmond County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) as to whether they are selected or not by May 8, 2015.  

Vincent Gallo: Proposed legislation will result in significant mortgage tax savings to a Borrower, or will it?

posted Jan 12, 2015, 5:30 AM by Pete Weinman

Real Estate Chair, Vincent J. Gallo, Esq., shared some of his thoughts on proposed legislation.  

New York State Senator, John DeFrancisco, on January 7, 2015, introduced a Bill (SB25) that will allow Mortgagors to receive an Assignment of Mortgage in lieu of a Discharge of Mortgage when the Mortgagor is refinancing an existing Mortgage loan.  Click HERE for the full article.  

Temporary Protected Status Legal Clinic.

posted Jan 9, 2015, 1:06 PM by Pete Weinman

Thanks to our Immigration Chairman, Joseph Canepa, for forwarding the following:

On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced his decision to designate nationals of those three countries for TPS for 18 months due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease in West Africa. The designations mean that eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

NYLAG is partnering with Council Member Andy King to provide application assistance for nationals of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea who are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). At this clinic, NYLAG will be providing information about TPS including eligibility requirements and the benefits of TPS. Application assistance to eligible applicants will also be provided. Clinic volunteers are needed to assist with completing applications with attendees.  French language skills are appreciated. NYLAG staff will be on site to provide direct supervision of volunteers.

Saturday January 17th
10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
800 East Gunhill Road
Williamsbridge, Bronx
Need 10 Legal Volunteers (French speakers appreciated)

NYLAG will be conducting a 1-hour webinar training on Temporary Protected Status for those affected by the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa on:

Wednesday, January 14
12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
CLE Credit: 1 Professional Practice
To register for the webinar, visit:

A recorded version (without CLE credit) will also be available for those unable to participate in the live webinar. 

Mobile Legal Help Center Volunteer Opportunities

The Mobile Legal Help Center (MLHC) is the country’s first-ever legal services office and courtroom on wheels. On the MLHC, NYLAG staff provide counseling, advice, and direct representation without leaving the vehicle. A video link with the courts enables access to judges for emergency hearings, including domestic violence and eviction cases.

NYLAG staff will be conducting legal clinics aboard the MLHC on the dates listed below. We invite participation from volunteer attorneys, law graduates and law students to help us provide legal services. Volunteers conduct intake interviews with MLHC visitors, and provide information and brief advice on a variety of legal issues. All volunteers are supervised by a NYLAG staff attorney who assists with evaluation of the legal issues raised during intake, and provides any guidance and support volunteers may need. Volunteers will have access to a recording of a webinar training on the MLHC intake process and will be sent training materials and intake guides.

Wednesday, January 7
Nassau Family Court
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1200 Old Country Road
Westbury, Long Island
Need 3 Volunteers

Friday, January 9
Crown Heights Mediation
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
256 Kingston Avenue
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 2 Volunteers

Monday, January 12
Storm Response Clinic
3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1307 Central Avenue
Far Rockaway, Queens
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, January 13
Midtown Community Court
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
314 W. 54th Street
Midtown, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers (Spanish speaker needed)

Wednesday, January 14
Sponsored by Council Member Carlos Menchaca
9:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
4417 4th Avenue
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers (Cantonese speakers needed)

Friday, January 16
Phillip H Michaels Child Care Center
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
629 Courtlandt Avenue
South Bronx, Bronx (Spanish speaker needed)

Tuesday, January 20
Sachem Public Library
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
150 Holbrook Road
Holbrook, Long Island

Wednesday, January 21
Union Settlement
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
237 East 104th Street
Upper East Side, Manhattan
Need 4 Volunteers (Spanish speaker needed)

Friday, January 23
Sponsored by Council Member Chaim Deutsch
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Exact location TBD
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers (Russian speakers appreciated)

Monday, January 26
Sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
1412 Avenue J
Flatbush, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Tuesday, January 27
20th Senatorial District
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exact location TBD
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers

Wednesday, January 28
International Community High School
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
345 Brook Avenue
South Bronx, Bronx
Need 4 Volunteers

Friday, January 30
20th Senatorial District
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Exact location TBD
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Need 4 Volunteers


To register for the webinar, visit:

A recorded version (without CLE credit) will also be available for those unable
to participate in the live webinar."

The direct link to that section on the NYLAG website follows bellow:


UPDATED: Jason R. Leventhal, Sr. passed away yesterday.

posted Jan 7, 2015, 5:58 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 9:42 AM ]

It is with great sadness that I have to report that Jason R. Leventhal, Sr. passed away last evening.  I don't have any details yet of funeral arrangements but when I have them I will let everyone know.
The service for Jason R. Leventhal will be held on Friday, January 9, 2015 at noon at the Menorah Chapels, 2145 Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY.
The family will be sitting shiva for him on Saturday, January 10 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday, January 11 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Contact Elisa at 718 442 4500 for the address. 


Justice Maltese will be the Guest Speaker at Columbian Lawyers CLE on Staten Island.

posted Jan 6, 2015, 7:05 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Jan 6, 2015, 7:06 AM ]


Vincent J. Gallo on Dept of Buildings - Casenote on a Recent Decision of Interest.

posted Jan 5, 2015, 8:21 AM by Pete Weinman

The article, which was generously provided by Mr. Gallo, is posted HERE

Vincent Antonucci has died.

posted Dec 29, 2014, 5:45 AM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Dec 30, 2014, 6:29 AM ]

Update: Staten Island Advance Obituary is HERE.
Dear Members:

It is with great sadness that I have to inform all of you of the passing of Vincent Antonucci, a longtime member of the RCBA.

Viewing Arrangements:
Monday, December 29, 2014
2 - 4 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
2 - 4 p.m.
7 - 9 p.m.

Bedell-Pizzo Funeral Home
7447 Amboy Road
Staten Island, NY  10307

The funeral will be on Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at Our Lady Help of Christians Church Roman Catholic Church - 7396 Amboy Road, Staten Island, NY 10307; 718-317-9772.

Fastman on "Trusts' Principal and Income: An Attempt at Fairness"

posted Dec 9, 2014, 1:41 PM by Pete Weinman

Please see the attached, which was recently published in the NY Law Journal - and which was generously shared by Lainie Fastman, Esq.

Click HERE.

Gary W. Johnson has died. (UPDATED INFO).

posted Nov 19, 2014, 3:27 PM by Pete Weinman   [ updated Nov 20, 2014, 6:23 AM ]

The wake will be held today (11/20) and tomorrow (11/21) at John Vincent Scalia Home for Funerals in Eltingville from 2 - 5 and 7 - 9 on both days.
Saturday at 10 a.m. will be the closing of the casket at the funeral home followed by the burial at Resurrection Cemetery in Pleasant Plains.  There will be a lunch/repast at the Old Bermuda Inn.

Dear Members:

It is with great sadness that I have to inform all of you of the passing of Gary W. Johnson, Esq.  When I have the information regarding the wake I will inform all of you.

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