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Violation Dismissed by ECB

On December 7, 2016, Shogik Oganisyan and Lauren Papaleo secured dismissal of a violation issued by the Department of Buildings following a hearing conducted at the Environmental Control Board. The management company for the owner had been cited for “failure to comply with an order of the Commissioner” pertaining to the removal of a residential tenancy from a commercial space.

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Dealing with Transient Occupancies and the New York State Air BnB Law

On November 2, 2016, James R. Marino served as a member of the presenting panel at a seminar conducted by the Community Housing Improvement Program (“CHIP”). Mr. Marino spoke for 20 minutes on the topic “Illegal Transient Occupancies and Practical Solutions”.

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James Marino Helps Owner Avoid Excessive Penalties in AirBnb Case at the Environmental Control Board

James Marino successfully advanced an argument in an appeal of a Dept. of Buildings AirBnb matter regarding whether aggravated penalties should have been imposed. The owner had been cited for alleged transient occupancy because a tenant had advertised the apartment on AirBnb, and the DOB alleged that a transient tenant had answered that advertisement.

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Kucker & Bruh, LLP Donates Computers to a Special Needs Academy in Long Island

Kucker & Bruh, LLP firmly believes that access to technology is vital to success. To support this belief with action, the firm donated several computers to The Kulanu Academy, a school devoted to ensuring that special needs children have the skills and resources they need to be fully included in all aspects of communal life. The computers were put to immediate use and have enabled the academy to promote more student-centered projects and technologically-focused learning objectives.

Kucker & Bruh, LLP Represents Seller of $12.25 Million Upper West Side Townhouse

Alan Kucker and Robyn Jagroop represented the seller of an Upper West Side property located between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The 5-story renaissance revival townhouse was built in 1896 just steps away from Central Park. At nearly 11,000 sq. ft., the 125 year old building boasts 15 luxury units that contain 11 foot ceilings, oversized windows, and scenic views of the park. K&B represented the seller throughout the entirety of the $12,250,000.00 transaction.

Kucker & Bruh, LLP Saves Building Owner Hundreds of Thousands In J-51 (“Roberts”) Litigation

Saul Bruh, James Marino, and Robert Berman of Kucker & Bruh, LLP were instrumental in securing favorable decisions for building owners in Roberts litigation.

Immediately following the Tishman Speyer v. Roberts decision in 2010, a building owner contacted Mr. Marino to discuss the effect this decision would have on some of his tenants. Mr. Marino analyzed the Court of Appeals decision, the building’s rent roll reports, individual apartment leases, and the expiration dates of the J-51 tax abatement benefits in order to determine the best way for the building owners to respond to the changes in the law.

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Kucker & Bruh, LLP Represents Seller Of Upper West Side Townhouse In $7.85 Million Transaction

Robyn Jagroop, an associate in Kucker & Bruh, LLP’s leasing and transactional department, represented the seller of a 2,000 sq. ft. townhouse which closed in March. The townhouse, located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, boasted 7 bedrooms as well as a private garden, patio, and terrace. Kucker & Bruh, LLP provided legal representation to the seller throughout the entirety of the $7.85 million transaction.

Kucker & Bruh, LLP Saves Property Owner Approximately $200,000 in a Favorable Settlement of ECB and DOB Violations

Shogik Oganisyan, an associate at Kucker & Bruh LLP, saved a client hundreds of thousands of dollars and successfully obtained a settlement of defaulted and/or docketed violations issued by various New York City agencies.

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Landlord Obtains Judgment of Possession After Tenant Accepts Out of Court Buyout but Fails to Surrender

Andrew Bittens, a partner at Kucker & Bruh, LLP successfully obtained a judgment of possession where tenant signed out of court surrender agreement and accepted first installment of buyout money.

The owner and tenant entered into a surrender agreement in May, 2013 that provided for the tenant to receive 5 months free rent along with a $25,000 payment in two parts: $12,500 upon signing of the agreement and $12,500 upon surrender of the subject premises in September, 2013. The owner made the payment upon signing of the agreement yet the tenant failed to surrender the premises on time.

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Kucker & Bruh, LLP Shows Support and Appreciation to Veterans in Need

Kucker & Bruh, LLP partnered with Volunteers of America in order to express some love and admiration for our nation’s veterans this Valentine’s Day season. Volunteers of America has an extensive veterans program that provides veterans going through hard times with the assistance they need to get back on their feet. In order to show these brave men and women that we care about their success and are grateful for their service to our nation, employees worked together to put together gift bags containing chocolates, candies, and thank you cards. Thank you again to all of our veterans!