• Campolo Graduates from Energeia Partnership, Long Island’s Premier Leadership Academy

    Campolo, Middleton & McCormick is proud to recognize Managing Partner Joe Campolo on his “graduation” from the Energeia Partnership on February 7, 2018, joining an esteemed group of Long Island leaders who face the region’s challenges head-on. Energeia, named for a Greek word used to describe the demonstration of inner character in deeds, is a leadership academy focused on identifying and addressing the issues that challenge Long Island.  Each “class” of Long Island leaders participates in a two-year academy based at Molloy College featuring a series of programs, each focusing on a particular issue impacting the region. “When I started with Energeia ...

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    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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  • How to Lower the Cost of Construction in New York? Demolish New York’s Scaffold Law

    It is absolutely time to revisit and revise New York State’s absolute liability standard imposed upon contractors and owners for construction-related accidents. New York Labor Law Sections 240 and 241, colloquially referred to as the “Scaffold Law,” impose a strict liability standard on contractors and owners for elevation/gravity related accidents.  Unlike other personal injury matters, the Scaffold Law does not allow for any consideration of the comparative fault of the injured worker for causing and/or contributing to his/her accident. As a result, facts such as the injured worker’s decision not to wear personal protective equipment (“PPE”) that is provided by ...

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    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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  • Mastering the Psychology of Negotiation

    Anyone can learn the mechanics of negotiation – preparation, active listening, and knowing your BATNA, to name a few – to become a good negotiator. But it’s not enough to be good. Mastering emotions is the key to effective negotiation and involves not only understanding and taking control of your own emotions, but also those of your adversary. Are you willing to make an investment into the emotional realm to become a truly great negotiator? Negotiation is an exercise in simultaneously obtaining value and managing risk. As Elroy Dimson, Emeritus Professor of Finance at London Business School, famously observed: “Risk means ...

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    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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  • Renting on Airbnb, HomeAway or VRBO? Important Info You Should Know

    In recent years, many Long Islanders have been earning extra income by renting their homes as short-term vacation rentals through services like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO. However, many are unaware that these rentals are subject to New York State Hotel and Motel Tax, and that Suffolk County in particular has been cracking down on homeowners who are renting through these sites but have not registered with or remitted the tax to the county. County compliance units have been researching properties listed on these sites and issuing letters of violation to the homeowners. The good news is, it’s not too late ...

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    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

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  • March 14 – Vozza Shares Insights at “The Path to Home Ownership May Be Easier Than You Think” Panel

                The Path to Home Ownership May Be Easier Than You Think! Truth or Myth – Ask the Professionals Featuring: Joseph C. Vozza, Esq. – Counsel, Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP Rosemarie Kluepfel – National Licensed Mortgage Originator, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation Deborah D’Amore – Real Estate Agent, Unique Home Sales of Long Island Details: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 6-8pm Courtyard Marriott – Long Island MacArthur Airport 5000 Express Drive South, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 Dinner will be served. RSVP to: Cece at uhsli289@gmail.com or 631-619-4007 by March 9, 2018      

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    Monday, February 19th, 2018

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  • The New Tax Law and Your Estate Planning

    Have you heard? There has been a major change in the Federal Tax Code as of January 1, 2018.  But what does it mean as far as estate planning goes? The only real change in this regard was that the exemption for the Federal Uniform Gift and Estate Tax approximately doubled from $5,490,000 to $11,180,000 per person.  With the use of portability, married couples can now pass up to $22,360,000 estate tax-free during their lives or at death.  But beware, this is only temporary.  It drops back down to the prior level (indexed for inflation) in 2025.  Believe it or not, ...

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    Monday, February 19th, 2018

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  • Eisenbud Elected At-Large Member of NYSBA Environmental Section Executive Committee

    Frederick Eisenbud, Esq., chair of the Environmental and Land Use practice group at Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton, has been elected to a three-year term as an At-Large Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Section. The Environmental Section brings together NYSBA members interested in environmental law for furtherance of the public interest in an effective and fair legal framework for protection of the human and natural environment. For over 135 years, NYSBA – the largest voluntary state bar organization in the nation – has ...

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    Monday, February 19th, 2018

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  • A Word of Caution with Use of Olympic Marks

    The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are upon us. For all the Olympics enthusiasts out there, keep in mind that any unauthorized commercial use of the Olympic trademarks, logos, or symbols is prohibited and will be enforced vigorously by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Federal law gives the USOC exclusive rights to the symbol of the five interlocking rings, the Olympic flame and torch, and to the words “Olympic,” “Olympiad,” “Team USA,” and “PyeongChang 2018,” among others. The statute is further extended to prohibit any advertising that tends to suggest a connection with the Olympics or the USOC. The USOC’s rights, however, ...

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    Wednesday, February 07th, 2018

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  • March 15 – Cocktails, Conversation & Contracts: Understanding Risks In Construction Contracts

    What are the key provisions to look out for in any construction contract? Please join us on Thursday, March 15 to hear insights from a corporate attorney with decades of experience in the construction industry and insurance executives with a focus on construction clients. This talk will walk you through agreements with contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and other parties to provide guidance on what significant provisions should look like including indemnification and mitigation of risk, how to analyze your insurance obligations, what to look for when procuring insurance, and understanding the impact of riders and endorsements. Gain valuable tools and knowledge to prepare you ...

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    Saturday, February 03rd, 2018

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  • Recap: Everything Is a Negotiation!

    By Arthur Sanders Whether you’re negotiating the release of hostages or negotiating with your toddler to try a new food, the common thread is that all negotiations are based on human interaction. To succeed in any negotiation, you must understand not only the basic building blocks that all negotiators need, but also the psychological and emotional principles at play and how to use them to your advantage. On January 9, 2018, we were treated to a dynamic presentation by Joe Campolo, Esq., Managing Partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, a premier law firm with offices in Ronkonkoma and Bridgehampton. From serving in the United States Marine Corps, ...

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    Friday, February 02nd, 2018

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