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My clients, friends and other loved ones dealing with someone with Alzheimer's disease may find this article helpful.
Scientists Have Identified Four Distinct Types of Alzheimer's And What They Do to Us The more we understand about Alzheimer's, the faster we can work towards better treatments and ultimately a cure, which makes discovering four distinct subtypes of the brain disease an important one.
This is great news for New York, which was losing significant legal brainpower on the bench. Bad policy reversed!
Scott M. Karson, president of the New York State Bar Association, issued the following statement today on the state court system’s decision to allow judges who are past the mandatory retirement age to apply to remain in their jobs:
“It is indeed welcome news that New York State Supreme Court justices who are past the age of 70 will once again be allowed to apply to continue as judges. The association expressed its concerns Saturday that older justices were not allowed to remain on the bench, and they were relayed to top court officials. The announcement today by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore that this decision has been reversed will help our justice system run more smoothly and improve access to justice for lawyers and litigants.”
It's a special day for us! Be kind!
This is very sad news. Judge Feuerstein swore me in to the Eastern District of New York bar about a decade ago. In the open federal courtroom where others were also being sworn in that day, she asked me, "Why did you come back here? Everybody leaves here to go to Florida!" I answered, "Judge, I took my retirement to Florida out of order." We got a good laugh. She was a deeply respected judge, may she rest in peace. And the obviously drug-addled defendant should get serious time.
Arrest in deadly hit-run of LI federal judge in Florida Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein, assigned to the federal courthouse in Central Islip, was a pedestrian on Ocean Boulevard in Boca Raton when she was struck, according to Eugene Corcoran, the executive of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
For those of you who have aging loved ones for whose wellbeing you may be concerned, or in anticipation of their future needs, this excellent article by AARP discusses 5 important signs to help you assess the situation, with recommended resolutions.
5 Signs that a Loved One May Need Caregiving Services Upon visiting a family member or loved one there are certain signs and red flags that may indicate a loved one needs caregiving support. Something as simple as stacks of unopened mail can indicate your loved one may not be cognitively capable of dealing with everyday life business affairs.
Important notice to my clients, vendors and others who do business with my firm: FED EX has utterly failed to do its job in recent months, and further refuses to make good when it doesn't. I will be ceasing the use of FedEx and going to another carrier, and I recommend that all of you do the same.
I sent a package to Pompano Beach, FL from my Melville office on February 12th, for overnight delivery. It did not get there for 3 days! Then, FedEx billed me for Priority Overnight delivery! When I contacted them for a reduction in the fee because of the late delivery, they refused and said they have stopped giving reductions and refunds since March 2020. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE AUDACITY?
The same package had to be returned to me for a real estate closing. Clients brought it to the FedEx office on Tuesday the 16th AND IT HAS NEVER ARRIVED!
I am livid with them and will cease using their service. I recommend you do, too. And contact your Congresspersons and ask them to issue new regulations to stop this abusive practice -- being charged for a service you are not receiving! #SMH
To all of my clients and friends who live or lived near the Grumman plant, be advised of the information below:
Bethpage Contamination - Illness Claims Information submitted will be transmitted to a law firm. This communication is intended to be an attorney-client communication for purposes of evaluating your claim and will be kept confidential by the law firm. The communication does not create an attorney-client relationship and no relationship is...
[02/05/21] To all my clients: Yesterday I received notice from the New York State Bar Association that the New York Legislature has two resolutions pending to make lawyers Group I-B eligible for the vaccine. This is a HUGE relief to me and great news for my clients. Many of us, myself included, see elderly clients and have had to do so during the pandemic. Many of us also must go to the various courthouses, which are still open to the public on a limited availability basis. Our work has to continue, in some ways it has increased between COVID deaths and others realizing they need their estate plans in place. I am glad the Legislature acknowledges the importance of putting us in a qualification zone. And I am happy to tell my clients that as soon as I qualify for vaccine, I will be getting it.
For my elderly clients, their families, and everyone else interested in nutrition. I believe you can watch this on video.
Listen in to the conversation with our SNAP-Ed nutrition team as they answer questions about best ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight, how to lower cholesterol with diet and exercise, sneaky ways to hydrate and more!
Happy Holidays from the Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A.! I wish all of my clients, vendors, colleagues, friends, family and other loved ones a (belated) Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and (early) Happy Kwanzaa! And may 2021 be an improvement over 2020's challenges.
My office will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, to reopen on Monday, December 28th. We will be open through about 3 p.m. on New Year's Eve, then closed again until Monday, January 4, 2021.
Please do not hesitate to call if you need our services: 631-647-9595. And in the meantime, enjoy the best possible holiday season you can have under these limiting circumstances.
Clients, friends and other loved ones who live in New York: It is time to apply for your property tax exemptions, in order to reduce your very high property taxes. This is a good time to review your current tax bill, make sure you're receiving all the exemptions to which you are entitled, and if you may be entitled to more, to apply for new, additional ones. Following is a list of property tax exemptions available, as provided by the office of Oyster Bay Town Receiver of Taxes, Jeffrey Pravato:
1. STAR (School Tax Relief) Exemption or Credit: Homeowners may apply for ONE benefit for school tax relief, no matter how many properties they own. All primary residence owners with incomes below $500,000/year are entitled to a Basic STAR exemption. Senior citizens (65 or older) whose annual income does not exceed $90,550 may be eligible for Enhanced STAR.
If you were not enrolled in the STAR program prior to 1/2/2015, your STAR credit will be issued in the form of a refund check from New York State, rather than a reduction on your tax bill. And you must apply for this exemption with the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to confirm eligibility. www.tax.ny.gov/star or call 1-518-457-2036.
2. Senior Citizens' Real Property Tax Exemption: Seniors whose income is less than $37,400 can have their property taxes reduced by between 5 and 50 percent, depending on their income. Seniors must be 65 or older, own the property for at least 12 consecutive months, and must occupy and use the property as their primary residence.
3. Veterans' Real Property Tax Exemption: Veterans who served active duty during any declared war can file for Alternative or Eligible Funds Veterans Exemption. Those who served in combat areas or who are service-disabled will receive an additional benefit. TOBAY participates in the Cold War Veterans Exemption as well. Spouses, unremarried surviving spouses and Gold Star parents may also be eligible.
4. Home Improvement Property Tax Exemption: This is an 8-year decreasing exemption on county, town and special district taxes for permitted alterations, reconstruction or improvements that increase the assessed value of a one- or two-family home. Home improvement value must be at least $3,000 and increased market value is capped at $80,000. The project must be completed before an exemption is allowed.
5. Home Improvement Tax Reduction for Physically Disabled: Improvements that serve to facilitate the use and accessibility of a one-, two- or three-family residence occupied by a disabled resident are also subject to exemption, and remain on the property as long as the disabled resident lives there. The exemption is equal to the amount of increase in value of the property attributable to the accessibility improvements made.
6. Exemption for Persons with Limited Incomes and Disabilities: Disabled residents whose annual income does not exceed $37,400 may receive up to 50 percent reduction on property taxes. Disability must be documented, the property must be used exclusively for residential purposes and be the legal residence of the disabled person. All owners must be persons with disabilities, but exemptions are made in cases of siblings and spouses.
7. Volunteer firefighters/Ambulance Workers: Enrolled members of a volunteer fire company, department or ambulance service who live in their department's city and who have at least 5 years of certified service may qualify for a reduction in taxes on their primary residence. Members with more than 20 years of volunteer service may qualify for a lifetime exemption. The exemption equals 10 percent of the assessed value of the property.
Our property taxes are among the highest in the country. Be sure you receive all the property tax exemptions to which you are entitled! If you need more information, go to www.OysterVayTown.com/Exemptions, or call the Nassau County Department of Assessment at 516-571-1500. DEADLINE FOR FILING IS JANUARY 4, 2021.
This year it is more important than ever for everyone to get a flu shot -- especially our seniors! Public health officials are recommending flu shots to keep all of us as immune as possible while COVID-19 continues to rage. This is especially important until a vaccine for COVID is granted and available for public consumption.
As you may know, flu shots are FREE under Obamacare (PPACA, or the Affordable Care Act). Many pharmacies such as Walgreen's and CVS give flu shots "on the spot" -- just walk in. (That's how I get mine every year.) The Town of Oyster Bay is offering free flu shots in partnership with NuHealth (Nassau University Medical Center) on Monday, November 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ice Skating Center, 1001 Stewart Ave., Bethpage. No appointment is necessary.
For seniors whose respiratory systems may be vulnerable, please also ask your doctor about getting a pneumonia shot. And for those who have had chickenpox as a child, you should also talk to your health care provider about getting shingles shots.
Stay healthy this winter by doing your part!
I am fully moved in to the new office and unpacked. Unfortunately, Cablevision is dragging on getting my telephone service moved over -- and this has been frustrating. I seem to be able to retrieve telephone messages, so please call if necessary (631-647-9595) and I will check messages often. You can also email ([email protected]).
I am making appointments and catching up on legal work! I look forward to seeing my clients in the new suite. Thanks for bearing with me during this transition.
I am moving my office to the 4th floor of the same office building, effective October 1st. I have already moved all my things up to the new office, but the IT and telephone work will not occur until Monday and Tuesday.
Although I will be "of counsel" to the law firm of Bruno Gerbino Soriano & Aitken LLP, my law firm will also continue uninterrupted. Only the suite # will change, from 110 to 420. I will continue to use the same address, 445 Broadhollow Road, Melville, and telephone number, 631-647-9595.
Nothing changes with the Fort Lauderdale office, except that I haven't been down there since COVID restrictions went into effect and, considering how poorly FL Gov. Ron DeSantis has handled the crisis, I do not see when I will be able to get down there next. However, I can work with the other lawyer in that office, Elizabeth Athanasakos, to get things done for clients who cannot wait.
Thank you for being patient with the office move. If somehow you cannot reach me by telephone in the early part of the week, you can always email, [email protected]. Onward and upward!
The United States -- and the world, when you think about the influence so many SCOTUS cases she participated in have had on other countries' legal thinking -- lost an icon this past Friday. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer in women's and men's rights, beginning with her work as an ACLU lawyer. In case you didn't know, she fought for both, advocating for men's rights to caregiver and other benefits as well as women's rights to be treated equally under the law. And all of her positions in SCOTUS cases showed her deep empathy and compassion for all to be treated with dignity, respect and equality.
Although she was of small stature, her life's work has had an impact of grand proportions. Constitutional Law is one of my areas of specialty and my first legal love, and RBG ("NotoriousRBG", as she came to be known) will always be one of my heroes, along with Justices Douglas, Brennan and Marshall, to name a few.
I deeply mourn her passing. SCOTUS will not be the same without her.
In the words of Ruth Bader Ginsburg: "Women's rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy."
We honor her legacy by continuing the fight for women’s rights and gender equality today.
More than during the pandemic, sleep has been shown to be directly related to the incidence of Alzheimer's disease. I am almost done taking a a 12-day webinar on Prevention of Alzheimer's, which I will report on soon. It makes clear that sleep, along with diet and other factors, directly relate to whether you might develop Alzheimer's.
aarp.org Sleep patterns for many are changing during coronavirus. Here’s advice from experts on getting healthy sleep, and solultions to common problems.
I was delighted to attend the Grand Opening of my clients’ and friends’ new Vietnamese take-out and dine-in in Levittown tonight. Pho 34 is located at 3948 Hempstead Turnpike across from Shop Rite.
Part of the work I do includes small business start-ups and ongoing representation, as well as negotiating commercial leases. I wish the best of luck to Tony and Casey! The food is delicious!
I have exciting news to announce! Effective October 1, 2020, I will be "of counsel" to Bruno, Gerbino, Soriano & Aitken, LLP, a multi-practice law firm right here in Melville. The firm also has offices in New Jersey and Buffalo, and practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense, commercial real estate, and appellate work. I will bring my expertise in New York and Florida estate planning, estate administration, residential real estate, small business and litigation to add to the firm's practice areas.
Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A. will stay intact as we grow together and see what the future brings. One of the best parts of this new venture is that Bruno Gerbino is in my current office building. I will be moving up to the 4th floor into their office suite (#420), so my clients will not have to fret about trying to find me in a new location. Our office is easily accessible from the LIE, the Northern State Parkway and other major parkways; it is spacious and comfortable.
I am looking forward to this new venture and chapter in my professional life, as I continue to enjoy serving my clients in both states. Please continue to use the same addresses and phone numbers, and stop by if you're in the neighborhood!
Coronavirus may have wreaked havoc on nursing homes, but at least those who make life there more bearable have found new and ingenious ways to continue to brighten the lives of residents.
aarp.org Before the pandemic, singer Michael Krieger spent his time playing for long-term care residents. During lockdown, he's offering performances virtually.
[08/06/20] Please be advised that I will not be in the office on Friday, August 7th. Electricity has not yet been restored to our office building, and we have been running on generator-power since the storm on Tuesday. While we have lights, we do not have air conditioning, which is making the office feel more like a sweatshop! Literally! If you need to reach me, please call the New York office (631-647-9595) and leave a message. I will be checking messages all day on Friday and will return them from home. Thank you. (And PSEGLI, could you please step up your efforts to restore electricity here?)
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