Author Archives: Robert Friedman, Esq.

Eviction moratorium extended, but tenant advocates call it a “cycle of panic”

Eviction moratorium extended, but tenant advocates call it a cycle of panic

WKBW Channel 7 Buffalo – July 16, 2020 Renters are still in fear of eviction as the protections laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo have done some, but not enough to relieve them of this cyclical panic. Evictions are not currently being carried out because courts remain closed but renters who are late or missing […]

The NY Covid Rent Relief Program

The NY Covid Rent Relief Program

The New York COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to landlords. Tenants will not have to repay this assistance. The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for […]

NY Covid-19 Eviction Procedures

NY Covid-19 Eviction Procedures

As the New York court system expands operations in coordination with Governor Cuomo’s reopening of various geographic regions, there is concern about the adverse public health consequences that may arise from a sudden high-volume influx of eviction court appearances. Also, there are various restrictions on filing and prosecution of eviction matters still in force under […]

Victoria’s Secret Reveals Why it Can Barely Pay its Rent

Victoria’s Secret is suing the landlord of its Midtown Manhattan, New York store for attempting to collect over $1.08 million in rent after the COVID-19 shutdown, claiming that: the lease is  unenforceable due to the government-mandated closing of its store; the total standstill of business, commerce and everyday life in New York City has completely […]

Pro Bono Representation Available For Peaceful Protesters

Pro Bono Representation Available For Peaceful Protesters

Senator, Veteran Prosecutor and Seasoned Pro Bono Attorneys Offer Free Defense for Peaceful Protesters in Western NY The criminal defense attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC are offering free  criminal representation of peaceful protesters who are exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech. Attorneys Mike Ranzenhofer, Robert Friedman, Sam Alba,and Justin Friedman can be […]

NY Protesters’ Rights During Covid-19

NY Protesters’ Rights During Covid-19

New Yorkers have the constitutional right to engage in peaceful protest activity on public sidewalks and streets, and in public parks. This includes the right to: Distribute flyers or leaflets; Hold press conferences, demonstrations, and rallies; and March on public sidewalks and in public streets. Know your rights before heading out into the streets. Protest […]

Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspections Results

Nursing Home COVID-19 Data and Inspections Results

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have posted the first set of underlying coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) nursing home data. On April 19, 2020, CMS announced the requirement that nursing homes inform residents, their families, and their representatives of COVID-19 cases in their facilities. Nursing homes are also required to report COVID-19 cases […]

Upstate NY Courts Begin Gradual Return To In-Person Operations

Upstate NY Courts Begin Gradual Return To In-Person Operations

As New York steadily recovers from the COVID-19  pandemic, courts in three upstate judicial districts will enter their second phase of a gradual return to in-person operations. Courts in the Fifth Judicial District (Syracuse and surrounding counties), Sixth Judicial District (Binghamton and surrounding counties) and Seventh Judicial District (Rochester and surrounding counties) enter Phase Two […]