• With Spotlight on Sexual Harassment, Employers Should Take Heed

    By Jamie Herzlich Cases of sexual harassment have been making headlines on an almost daily basis in recent months. While many of the accounts have involved power players in media, entertainment or politics, they have shined a spotlight on the issue as a whole. To protect your business, train employees and managers on what constitutes sexual harassment. “A lot of people don’t realize where the line’s crossed,” says Christine Malafi, a partner at Ronkonkoma-based Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, who has advised clients on sexual harassment prevention training. Following the law is great, but employees need to implement best practices. For example, while employees can ...

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    Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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  • January 22 – Sidor to Speak on Business Succession Planning & Wealth Transfer at YorkBridge Business Leaders Conference in Montauk

    The YorkBridge Business Leaders Conference is an exclusive event for business owners and leading professionals in the Hamptons community. Aimed at addressing some of the highest priority subject matter facing business leaders in the current economic, financial, and political environment, we have engaged with expert speakers to provide thought provoking insight on the way in which personal decision making influences those most important to us; our families, our employees, and the community in which we work and live. Details: January 22, 2018 11 a.m. Gurney’s Montauk Resort, Montauk At  12:30 p.m., Melissa Sidor, Esq. of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick and John Larkin, CPA of Markowitz, Fenelon ...

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    Friday, December 29th, 2017

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  • CMM Year-End Newsletter: Habits of Highly Effective Negotiators, Employer’s Guide to Preventing Harassment in the Workplace, and more

    CMM Year-End Newsletter: Habits of Highly Effective Negotiators, Employer's Guide to Preventing Harassment in the Workplace, and more

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    Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

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  • What Started in Patchogue Is Now Mainstream

    By Steve Levy At the Vision Long Island Smart Growth Summit last week I was asked by a reporter to provide advice to incoming Nassau executive Laura Curran’s transition team. The conversation made me reflect upon my own transitioning before I took office as Suffolk executive in 2004. It was there I decided I wanted to merge the county’s housing division with the Economic Development Department. I appointed the former head of the Long Island Housing Partnership, Jim Morgo, to head the new department. We created a vision that centered downtown redevelopment upon an infusion of new, vibrant workforce housing to be ...

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    Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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  • Innovation on Long Island featuring Dr. Yacov Shamash of Stony Brook University and Mitch Pally of the MTA and LIBI

    In this episode, Joe Campolo caught up with Dr. Yacov Shamash, VP for Economic Development at Stony Brook University, and Mitch Pally, CEO of LIBI and an MTA board member. Yacov and Joe talked about the many ways Long Island has changed in the past 20 years, including the emergence of Long Island’s innovation economy; exciting things happening at LIHTI, the “godfather” of business incubators; and the secret to keeping talent on Long Island. Next, Joe had an animated discussion with Mitch about changes to Long Island’s home-building economy as trends shift from single-family homes to mixed use developments and transit-oriented hubs; Patchogue’s example of ...

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    Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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  • January 31 – CMM Business Breakfast: “Master the Emotion & Psychology of Negotiation” Presented by Joe Campolo

    Whether you’re negotiating the release of hostages, negotiating with your toddler to try a new food, or something in between, the common thread is that all negotiations are based on human interaction. To succeed in any negotiation, you must understand the psychological and emotional principles at play and how to use them to your advantage. At his last presentation on the art of negotiation, Joe Campolo, a former Marine and the managing partner of Campolo, Middleton & McCormick – whose negotiation skills have taken him to the top of the business world – covered the basic building blocks that all negotiators need. Now, ...

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    Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

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  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective…Negotiators

    As Stephen R. Covey’s groundbreaking business book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People approaches its 30th birthday, I still find it to be more relevant than ever, particularly with regard to becoming a more effective negotiator. Rediscover this classic – or get to know it for the first time – when preparing for your next negotiation. Here, my take on the seven habits from a negotiator’s perspective: Be proactive. This habit acknowledges that we are all responsible for our own actions. You need to keep your focus on the things you can control rather than focus on the negative and ...

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    Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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  • Employer’s Guide to Avoiding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Given the recent headlines, all employers should be reminded that they have a legal duty to maintain a workplace that is free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment suits are prosecuted under the same federal and state laws that are used to sue employers for racial discrimination and harassment, so it is critical that every employer take this form of sexual discrimination seriously. As we have seen, employers have paid a high price for failing to address sexual harassment complaints adequately. What is sexual harassment? The New York State Division of Human Rights defines sexual harassment as a “hostile environment” consisting of words, ...

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    Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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  • The Continuing Evolution of Personal Jurisdiction in New York Over an Out-of-State Defendant

    One of the more challenging and ever-evolving issues that we continue to see is determining what is necessary to obtain personal jurisdiction in New York State over an individual or business that resides or does business out of state. If you are dealing with real property in New York, a tort that occurred in New York, or a defendant who resides in or regularly does business in New York, jurisdiction is easily exercised.  The issue arises when the defendant you are seeking to sue in New York has few or no ties to the state.  In such cases, courts go ...

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    Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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  • Can You Control What Happens to Your Remains After You Die?

    The answer is “sort of.”  How’s that for an attorney’s response?   I say that because you can’t really control anything from the grave.  The best that you can do is try to pre-plan. There are a couple of things that you can do.  The first is to actually do a pre-plan or a pre-need, as they call it in the funeral business.  This means you actually go to a funeral home, tell them what you want, and pay for it.  You tell them everything from what kind of casket you want (or don’t want) to how many limos there should be. Now ...

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    Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

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