Attorneys Gary L. Steffanetta and Anthony J. Fasano will present at NYSASBO’s Workshop on November 15, 2017

Attorneys Gary L. Steffanetta and Anthony J. Fasano will present on “District Clerk Legal Matters” at the New York State Association of School Business Officials (NYSASBO) School Business Management Workshop on November 15, 2017. The workshop will be held at the Desmond Conference Center in Albany, New York.

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Non-Participation in the National Anthem

In light of the various forms of public protest recently taken across the country by professional athletes and sports team owners, many administrators and board members have asked whether similar conduct is permissible at school – specifically, whether students and staff have the right to kneel or sit as a form of political protest […]

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Common Pitfalls in Appeals to the Commissioner of Education

Associate Anthony J. Fasano authored an article entitled, “Common Pitfalls in Appeals to the Commissioner of Education” for the July-August 2017 issue of the Nassau Lawyer publication.

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Richard Guercio and Gary Steffanetta have been elected as Fellows of the NYS Bar Foundation

The Board of Directors of the New York State Bar Foundation has elected Partners Richard Guercio and Gary Steffanetta as Fellows of The Foundation. Membership in the Fellows is evidence of professional distinction and constitutes a professional honor. Election as a Fellow recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the legal profession.

By |June 26th, 2017|Firm News|Comments Off on Richard Guercio and Gary Steffanetta have been elected as Fellows of the NYS Bar Foundation

Christopher Mestecky and Anthony Fasano named to the Super Lawyers 2017 “Rising Stars” list

Partner Christopher Mestecky and Associate Anthony Fasano were named to the Super Lawyers 2017 “Rising Stars” list. Only 2.5% of attorneys in New York Metro area receive this distinction.

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Updated SED Guidance re State Aid 180 Day Requirement

On April 5, 2017, the State Education Department (“SED”) updated its guidance regarding session days, the school calendar, and the reporting of attendance data for State Aid purposes. While the update does not substantively change existing guidance, it appears to convey an intent to strictly enforce certain requirements moving forward. This change is evidenced […]

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Update Regarding Undocumented Students in Public Schools and DASA

On February 27, 2017, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and SED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued a joint press release highlighting their new guidance letter concerning the rights of undocumented students.  The guidance letter, available here http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/oag-sed-letter-ice-2-27-17.pdf, reminds school districts of the current state of the law governing […]

By |March 16th, 2017|Legal Update|Comments Off on Update Regarding Undocumented Students in Public Schools and DASA

Update Regarding Transgender Guidance

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017, The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Department of Education (“DOE”) issued a “Dear Colleague” letter that withdrew two prior statements of policy and guidance regarding a school district’s obligations towards transgender students. In response, the New York State Office of the Attorney General (“OAG”) and […]

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NSBA’s 2017 COSA School Law Seminar

Managing Partner Gregory Guercio will be a panel member at NSBA’s 2017 COSA School Law Seminar in Denver, Colorado on March 23, 2017. The panel will be speaking on Labor and Collective Bargaining, 50 Years of Collective Bargaining in the Schools: History, Trends, and Practical Applications for the Future.

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Amendment to Education Law Regarding Reserve Funds

On December 31, 2016, the Governor signed into law a bill that amends the Education Law, in relation to requiring notice of reserve funds and reserves funded by resolution and to require that each school district post on its website, if any, a final annual budget and any multi-year financial plan adopted by the […]

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