Dear Members:

Please be advised that the Judiciary Committee of the Richmond County Bar Association (“RCBA”) has completed their review of the below judicial candidate pursuant to the RCBA By-Laws. Their findings have been approved by the Board of Directors as follows:

Candidate: Allyn J. Crawford, Esq.

Position: Civil Court Richmond County


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On May 27th and June 3rd, the RCBA provided lunch to the court officers and clerks working at our courthouse. Click here for coverage on SI Live!

Court Alerts

There is a new notification system for court closings and other emergencies. The New York Courts Emergency Alert Portal ("Portal") will send out notifications about court closures and other UCS emergencies. The new Portal will replace Twitter notifications. Among other new features, the Portal will allow users to receive information about specific counties of their choosing, and to select their preferred method of notification (text, phone and/or email). Attorneys who are currently registered for Twitter announcement should register for the Portal at

Town Hall Meeting

Judge Green will convene a Town Hall Meeting on Friday, February 28, 2020 at 12:00 noon in the Central Jury Room regarding Chief Judge DiFiore’s Proposal for Court Consolidation. All members of the Richmond County Bar Association are invited to join DCAJ George Silver and other civic leaders and elected officials to discuss this important proposed court policy.

Thomas Aliotta Named New Presiding Justice in New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Term

Justice Thomas Aliotta has been named presiding justice of the New York Supreme Court’s Appellate Term for the Second, Eleventh and Thirteenth judicial districts, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks announced Friday. For more, click here.

Presumptive Mediation in Tort Cases

Beginning on January 7, 2020, the Court will provide the litigants in Richmond County with Early Litigation Tort Evaluation (“ELITE”) in all tort cases. The Justices and Judges of the Supreme Court will begin issuing ELITE Referral Orders starting on December 2, 2019. ELITE mediation sessions will be held during two sessions on Tuesdays. The morning session will start at 9:30 a.m., and the afternoon session will begin at 2:15 p.m. Both sessions will be held in Room 112, 18 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York. Click here for more information.

Vincent J. Gallo: My Lender withdrew my Mortgage commitment, I get my deposit back, right? not so fast...

December 13, 2019

The Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Docket No. A-5043-16T2 on July 5, 2018 in the matter of Duong v. Stein handed down an un-published Decision, that lends strong insight as to how the Courts view matters involving facts such as these which arise regularly. This Appeal required consideration of a Mortgage Contingency Clause in a Real Estate Contract and whether the Purchaser, who obtained a Mortgage Commitment but failed to meet all the Lender's conditions, was entitled to rescission/termination of the Contract. Because the factual record left no doubt that the Purchaser’s failure to comply with all the Lender's conditions was not an impediment to closing, the Court, on Appeal, affirmed the Motion Judge's entry of Summary Judgment in favor of the Seller. Click HERE for more.

RANDI BURGER'S Father Has Passed

Randi Burger has reached out to share the sad news that her dad, Charles Burger has passed away. She would like to share the funeral arrangements with the RCBA community.

The arrangements are as follows:



  • Saturday: evening hours

  • Sunday: beginning at 1 pm

  • Monday: beginning at 1 pm

Contact Charlene for The Burger Home Address

Richard Rosenzweig's Father Has Passed

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Richard Rosenzweig's father. The funeral is being held on Friday, November 15, 2019, in Florida.

The Shiva will be next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from approximately 10 am until approximately 9 pm at Rich's home. Contact Charlene for more details.


NYSED is seeking applications from individuals to serve the New York City region as special education impartial hearing officers (IHOs) in the administration of special education impartial due process hearings for students with disabilities, 3-21 years of age.

IHOs are certified and trained by NYSED and appointed by school districts through a rotational selection process. School districts are required to compensate IHOs for prehearing, hearing and post-hearing activities, including decision writing.

Applications will be accepted from individuals who are able to serve in an impartial capacity; are admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and are currently in good standing; have a minimum of two years practice and/or experience in the areas of education, special education, disability rights or civil rights, and experience in conducting or participating in administrative hearings; are not now, and have not been officers, employees or agents of a New York State school district or a board of cooperative educational services of which such school district is a component for a period of at least two years; are not an employee of the New York State Education Department; and do not have a personal or professional interest which would conflict with his or her objectivity in a special education due process impartial hearing. For more information click here.

2020 RCBA Destination cle

The 2020 RCBA Destination CLE will be held at held at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Golf & Beach Resort in Puerto Rico from January 16 through the 20th. Click here for details.

Vincent J. Gallo: lender doesn't require a survey? Think again, brother

Real Estate Practitioners: Pay attention!

In a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, entitled 631 N. Broad Street, LP v. Commonwealth Land Title Ins. Co., No. 18-3094 (3d Cir. July 26, 2019) (affirming Summary Judgment) on Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (District Court No. 2-17-cv-02805), the Court of Appeals rendered an interesting Decision, albeit not precedent, it is most worthy of a close and careful read. Read the entire article HERE.

Vincent J. Gallo on: Ethics Opinion 1161

Real Estate Brokers: Heads Up!

The New York State Bar Association Ethics Opinion 1161 was handed down on January 4, 2019. In summary, it recites that when an Attorney, as opposed to a Real Estate Broker, prepares a Real Estate Contract, the Attorney may not disclose the Contract to the Real Estate Broker without the Client's informed consent, which must include the disclosure of any personal, financial, or business interest of the Attorney in responding to the Real Estate Broker's request for disclosure of the information.

Read the entire article HERE.