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  • May 06, 2015Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Member to Headline Photo Exhibit

    Burt Allen Solomon, a member of the law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will showcase his gelatin-silver black and white photographs of Israel, taken between 1968 and 2009, at an exhibit entitled “Israel Seen (In Part).” The exhibit will benefit and take place at PEF Israel Endowments Funds, Inc. in New York.

    The non-profit organization enables the direct distribution of funds to selected and approved charitable organizations in Israel. Areas of support include, but are not limited to: primary and secondary education; supporting scientific research; promoting greater tolerance and understanding between religious and secular communities and between Arabs and Jews; the special needs of women, children and families in distress; special education and education for the gifted; veterans programs; drug abuse; promotion of the arts; and relief for the handicapped.

    For more information or to attend the exhibit, please contact Burt Allen Solomon at or call (212) 808-0700.

    Solomon practices cooperative, condominium, real estate, non-profit, trusts and estates, banking and corporate law at the firm’s New York City office. He received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Brooklyn College.

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  • Nov 13, 2013Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes First Multi-Family Grant Under NYC Build It Back

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes First Multi-Family Grant Under NYC Build It Back

    New York, NY (November 13, 2013) – New York, NY (November 13, 2013) – The Cooperative and Condominium Law Group of Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represented Knickerbocker Village (KVI) in securing $1.46 million in Hurricane Sandy relief funds from NYC Build it Back multi-family building repair program. This transaction was the first grant provided by the NYC Build it Back program. KVI was represented by Norris McLaughlin, P.A.attorneys Burt Allen Solomon, Karol S. Robinson, Michael T. Reilly, and Danielle M. Wanglien.

    “Knickerbocker Village will use its $1.46 million to finance Phase I of repairs to help undo the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. In addition to making much needed repairs, the funds will help improve the resiliency of the buildings to resist and mitigate damage from future severe weather events,” said Robinson.

    “NYC Build it Back is an important part of our efforts help New Yorkers continue the road to recovery,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

    “Today marks a new beginning for these first three multi-family buildings to receive federal recovery funding through NYC Build it Back. Hurricane Sandy was a turning point for how we must think about protecting our tenants and our housing stock in the face of severe weather events. It’s fitting that we memorialize this storm by moving forward and rebuilding better, smarter and stronger than before,” said Department of Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas.

    By way of merger with Szold & Brandwen, P.C., Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has a long and illustrious history working with housing corporations. Members of the Cooperative and Condominium Law Group worked with the establishment of middle income and Mitchell-Lama government-assisted cooperative housing. They have also helped to develop and update New York’s legislation for cooperatives constructed with government assistance for persons of moderate income. The Group deals with all relevant government agencies involved with this type of housing, represents housing developments with their architects, engineers and contractors, and advises them concerning corporate governance and the relationships between the co-ops and their shareholders and commercial tenants.

    Today, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represents cooperative and affordable housing corporations as both general and special counsel, as well as luxury cooperatives and condominiums, dealing with the Boards of Directors, officers, and managers. The firm brings to its co-op and condominium practice expertise in real estate, financing, corporate, general commercial, trusts and estates, and employment law drawn from the other practices of the firm.

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  • Jun 03, 2013Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Testifies in Opposition to Proposed Cooperative Legislation

    New York, NY (June 3, 2013) – Burt Allen Solomon, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., and its Cooperative and Condominium Law Group, testified in opposition to proposed New York City legislation Intro 188, which would be called the Fair Cooperative Procedure Law (“FCP Law”), at a New York City Council Committee Hearing.  The FCP Law is being touted as adding to existing protections against discrimination in the cooperative housing purchase-and-sale market in New York City.   In addition to Solomon, several other attorneys in the firm’s Co-op and Condo Law Group worked on preparation for the hearing, including Karol S. Robinson, a Member of the firm who researched and drafted the testimony; Michael T. Reilly, who also completed research and attended the hearing; and Ezra N. Goodman, Member of the firm and Chair of the Group.

    “As currently drafted, the FCP Law creates an undue burden on cooperatives, their boards of directors, and their managing agents; and puts directors who are involved in the application approval process at an unconscionable risk of personal liability.  Further, the proposed legislation does not truly address the alleged discrimination in the cooperative application approval process that is supposedly motivating the law,” testified Solomon.

    “Real estate brokers and their lobbying groups that support the FCP Law testified about the economics of the cooperative buying process and the brokers’ perceived need to set firm deadlines, but housing discrimination, which the law was intended to address,” Reilly explains.

    By way of merger with Szold & Brandwen, P.C., Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has a long and illustrious history working with housing corporations. Members of the Cooperative and Condominium Law Group worked with the establishment of middle income and Mitchell-Lama government-assisted cooperative housing. They also helped to develop New York’s legislation for cooperatives constructed with government assistance for persons of moderate income. The Group deals with all relevant government agencies involved with this type of housing, represents housing development with their contractors, and advises them concerning corporate governance and the relationships between the co-ops and their shareholders.

    Today, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represents cooperative and affordable housing corporations as both general and special counsel, as well as luxury cooperatives and condominiums, dealing with the Boards of Directors, officers, and managers. The firm brings to its co-op & condominium practice expertise in real estate, financing, corporate, general commercial, trusts & estates, and employment law drawn from the other practices of the firm.

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  • Apr 01, 2013Burt Allen Solomon Exhibits Photography, Some Things Seen in Israel

    Burt Allen Solomon Exhibits Photography, Some Things Seen in Israel

    New York, NY (April 1, 2013) – Burt Allen Solomon, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will exhibit a selection of black and white photographs, entitled “Some Things Seen in Israel,” at the Derfner Judaica Museum at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale (5901 Palisade Avenue, Riverdale, New York 10471).  The exhibition will open on Sunday, April 14, with an opening reception from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., and will run until Sunday, July 28.

    The solo exhibition features photographs taken during the artist’s many trips to Israel, starting in the late ’60’s. They will be publically exhibited for the first time to commemorate Israel Independence Day.

    As a member of the American Alliance of Museums, The Hebrew Home at Riverdale is committed to publicly exhibiting its art collection throughout its 19-acre campus, including the Derfner Judaica Museum and a sculpture garden overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. The Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection provide educational and cultural programming for residents of the Hebrew Home, their families and the general public from throughout New York City, its surrounding suburbs and visitors from elsewhere. The Home is a nonprofit, non-sectarian geriatric organization serving more than 7,000 elderly persons through its resources and community service programs. Museum hours are Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  Please call for holiday hours or further information, 718 581-1596.

    Solomon, a Brooklyn native and now a resident of South Orange, New Jersey, has been influenced by many sources.  In his youth, with his parents, he visited the Museum of Modern Art and exhibitions at the Kodak Gallery at New York’s Grand Central Terminal, and he enjoyed the 1955 book, The Family of Man.  It was his father, whose work he sometimes seeks to emulate today, who introduced him to the absorbing process of developing photographs in the family darkroom in a corner of their garage in Brooklyn.  Solomon also admires the work of photojournalists, war photographers, “concerned” and “street” photographers.

    An attorney by trade, Solomon focuses his practice on affordable and cooperative housing and estates and trusts.  He has been involved extensively in secured and unsecured financing transactions for housing developments, from both a lender’s and borrower’s perspective, involving both regulated and unregulated housing. In addition, his extensive experience includes dealing with city, state and federal housing agencies on behalf of regulated housing developments.

    Solomon has represented and advised housing developments on widely diverse activities, including financing; requests for financing proposals; corporate and regulatory aspects of low income housing tax credit financing; privatization of government regulated cooperatives; apartment purchase procedures; applications; and interview procedures and legal compliance, including anti-discrimination laws.  He also handles specialized real estate transactions, including sales to New York City for perpetual parkland use, sales of commercial condominium units, not-for-profit corporation transactions, easements and licenses of real property, and sales to foreign governments of real property.

    Solomon also advises housing developments about specialized issues, such as electricity sub-metering, governmental investigations, regulatory compliance, placements of apartments into trusts, sales of apartments for commercial uses, cooperative corporate governance (including disputed elections, directors’ responsibilities and other maintenance and operations issues) and drafting and interpreting governing documents (certificates of incorporation, by-laws, proprietary leases, occupancy agreements and house rules). He also advises cooperatives about estate and trust matters affecting them.

    Solomon earned his LL.B., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1968 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn College in 1965.

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  • Aug 26, 2011Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes Over $150 Million Financing Package for Mutual Redevelopment Houses

    August 26, 2011

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Closes Over $150 Million Financing Package for Mutual Redevelopment Houses

     

    New York, NY (August 26, 2011) – In June, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. assisted its client, Mutual Redevelopment Houses, Inc. (“Mutual”), a 2,820-unit affordable cooperative housing development located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, to complete a major financing package, totaling $151 million plus a capital grant from the City of New York. Drawing on extensive cooperative and financing experience, Burt Allen Solomon, assisted by Michael T. Reilly, both of the New York office, completed a complex series of loan and financing transactions originated and structured by Ezra N. Goodman, also of the New York office.

    The financing was designed to refinance Mutual’s previous debt and provide it with about $100 million in funds for replacing Mutual’s HVAC system in each of its apartments (located in ten 22-story buildings), while keeping Mutual affordable for its low and moderate income residents. The financing, which had to be accomplished before the June 30th end of the City’s fiscal year, consisted of a Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. loan ($134 million) at market interest rates, plus a $17 million 30-year two-part loan from the City’s Housing Development Corporation. Coordinating with the numerous parties involved extensive negotiations and frequent conference calls among all concerned. In addition, to accomplish the closing, Mutual’s 1987 regulatory agreement with the City had to be amended, requiring negotiations with the City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and approval by the New York City Council, as well as a proposed statutory amendment. The amendment to the regulatory agreement was worked on by both Goodman and Solomon. To close the loans, a special “reasoned” legal opinion as to a New York mortgage recording tax exemption issue was required by Fannie Mae, which provided the funding for the Wells Fargo loan, backed by the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust. Peter D. Hutcheon, who recently relocated to the New York office, prepared that opinion. Goodman is in charge of preparing the engineering and construction contracts and bid packages for the HVAC project and related asbestos removal.

    By way of merger with Szold & Brandwen, P.C., Norris McLaughlin, P.A. has a long and illustrious history working with housing corporations. Members of the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. Cooperative and Condominium Law Group and their forebears have worked on the establishment of middle income and Mitchell Lama government-assisted cooperative housing. They also helped to develop New York’s legislation for cooperatives constructed with government assistance for persons of moderate income. The Group has represented one of the major developers of this type of housing, dealing with all relevant government agencies in the planning stage and with contractors in the construction stage, and drafting documentation governing the relationships between the cooperatives and shareholders.

    Today, Norris McLaughlin, P.A. represents cooperative and affordable housing corporations as both general and special counsel, as well as luxury cooperatives and condominiums, dealing with the Boards of Directors, officers, and managers. The firm brings to its cooperative & condominium practice expertise in real estate, financing, construction, corporate, general commercial, trusts and estates, and employment law drawn from the other practices of the firm.

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  • Dec 02, 2010Burt Allen Solomon Exhibits Photography at Amalgamated Houses in The Bronx

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    December 2, 2010

    Norris McLaughlin, P.A.
    721 Route 202-206, Suite 200
    P.O. Box 5933
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807-5933
    Contact: Edward C. Miller, Jr.
    Chief Marketing Officer
    (908) 722-0700 x4224

    Burt Allen Solomon Exhibits Photography at Amalgamated Houses in The Bronx

    New York, NY (December 2, 2010) – Burt Allen Solomon, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will exhibit a collection of photographs, entitled “Urban/Un-Urban,” at Vladeck Hall at Amalgamated Housing Corporation, 74 Van Cortlandt Park South in The Bronx, New York. The exhibit will open on Saturday, December 11, 2010, and will run until Sunday, December 19, 2010. There will be a reception for the exhibit on Sunday, December 12, 2010, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Vladeck Hall will be open for the exhibit from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. on each Saturday and Sunday.

    “The summer after I graduated high school, about forty-nine years ago, my father, a hobbyist photographer who greatly informed my photography, lent me his World War II vintage Kodak Medalist camera. Ever since, I have been taking, developing and printing photographs. The photos in this exhibit include a nice juxtaposition of urban cityscapes and ‘un-urban’ landscapes that I have taken over many years, on weekends and when travelling,” Solomon said.

    The exhibit, “Urban/Un-Urban,” will consist of forty-two of Solomon’s silver-gelatin hand-printed black and white photos. The eclectic exhibit is a selection of several recent photos alongside mostly “vintage” photos printed in the 1970s. It includes twenty-one city photos, some taken in New York City, and twenty-one country photos. While a number of the photos were originally shown in his first exhibit in the fall of 2009, many are being exhibited publicly at “Urban/Un-Urban” for the first time. All of the photos in the exhibit were hand-printed by Solomon. For more information on the exhibit, visit nmmlaw.com.

    Solomon, a Brooklyn native and now a resident of South Orange, New Jersey, has been influenced by many sources. In his youth, with his parents he visited the Museum of Modern Art, the Family of Man, and exhibits at the Kodak Gallery at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. It was his father, whose work he sometimes seeks to emulate today, who introduced him to the absorbing and relaxing process of developing photographs in the family darkroom in a corner of their garage in Brooklyn. Solomon also admires the work of photojournalists, war photographers, “concerned” and “street” photographers.

    An attorney by trade, Solomon practices in the areas of New York condominium and co-op law, affordable housing, real estate, trusts and estates, banking and corporate law. He has recently been extensively involved in financing transactions for New York City cooperative and rental housing developments, both secured and unsecured, from both the lenders’ and the borrowers’ perspectives, involving both regulated and unregulated housing. In addition, he has extensive experience in dealing with City, State and Federal housing agencies on behalf of housing developments regulated by them. Having returned to private practice in 1990 after nearly 12 years as head of Bank Hapoalim B.M.’s U.S. Legal Department, Solomon has expanded his activities in corporate and commercial matters and returned to the trusts and estates area. He also continues his banking practice. He works out of the firm’s New York City office.

    At the beginning of his career, Solomon spent two years clerking for two federal judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York prior to practicing. He earned his LL.B., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1968 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn College in 1965.

    Founded in 1927, Amalgamated Housing Corporation is the oldest limited equity housing cooperative in the United States, currently providing affordable housing for 1500 moderate-income families. Amalgamated has always provided strong community, as well as affordable housing. Since the founding of Amalgamated, education and community activities have been a priority for our co-op. The Joint Community Activities Committee (JCAC) is the social, cultural, and educational arm of our three cooperative organizations: Amalgamated Housing Corporation, Park Reservoir Housing Corporation, and A. H. Consumers Society, Inc. JCAC establishes policy for educational and cultural activities. JCAC, through its Education office, provides for cooperative education through publication of the Community News, which has been printed and distributed regularly since 1929, and the weekly Co-op Bulletin. In addition, it promotes community activities, including sponsoring and overseeing various groups and organizations. There are activities for cooperators of all ages, from play groups and a nursery for toddlers to a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Program for seniors. Programming also includes art exhibits, like “Urban/Un-Urban,” as well as art classes with instruction and other creative activities, sponsored by cooperative artists and others through the Visual Arts Committee.

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  • Nov 12, 2009Burt Allen Solomon Exhibits Photography at The Framing Mill

    Burt Allen Solomon, a Member of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will exhibit a collection of 42 of his black and white photographs, entitled “6 x 7 x Solomon,” at The Gallery at The Framing Mill in Maplewood, New Jersey. The exhibit, Solomon’s first, will open with a reception on Saturday, November 14, 2009, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and will run until Thursday, December 3, 2009.

    “The summer after I graduated high school, about 48 years ago, my father, a hobbyist photographer who greatly informed my photography, lent me his World War II vintage Kodak Medalist camera. Ever since, I have been taking, developing and printing photographs. The Kodak Medalist was followed by other cameras. Among the cameras I have used, my favorite has been my Pentax 6X7, which I purchased in the 1970s and continue to use today for black and white photography. Most of the photos in this exhibit were taken with the Pentax 6X7 camera,” Solomon said.

    The exhibit, “6 x 7 x Solomon,” is an eclectic selection of photos, including more recent photographs alongside photos from the 1970s. The emphasis of the exhibit is everyday subjects, including landscapes and people at work and play, visually striking images full of unexpected and variable mixtures of light and dark, form, color, and emotion. All of the photos in the exhibit were hand-printed by Solomon. For more information on gallery hours, visit www.framingmill.com or call the Framing Mill at (973) 761-4142.

    Solomon, a resident of South Orange, New Jersey, has been influenced by many sources. In his youth, with his parents he visited the Museum of Modern Art, the Family of Man, and exhibits at the Kodak Gallery at New York’s Grand Central Terminal. It was his father, whose work he sometimes seeks to emulate today, who introduced him to the absorbing and relaxing process of developing photographs in the family darkroom in a corner of their garage in Brooklyn. Solomon also admires the work of photojournalists, war photographers, “concerned” and “street” photographers.

    An attorney by trade, Solomon practices in the areas of New York condominium and co-op law, real estate, trusts and estates, banking and corporate. He has recently been extensively involved in financing transactions for New York City cooperative housing developments, both secured and unsecured, from both the lenders’ and the borrowers’ perspectives, involving both regulated and unregulated housing. In addition, he has extensive experience in dealing with City, State and Federal housing agencies on behalf of housing developments regulated by them. Having returned to private practice in 1990 after nearly 12 years as head of Bank Hapoalim B.M.’s U.S. Legal Department, Solomon has expanded his activities in corporate and commercial matters and returned to the trusts and estates area. He also continues his banking practice. He works out of the firm’s New York City office.

    In his estates and trusts work, Solomon is involved in a full range of matters: from preparation of simple wills through complex gift and estate planning and drafting tax-oriented wills and trusts, as well as extensive administration of estates, probating wills, marshalling, valuing and liquidating assets (including valuable personal property, artwork, real property and cooperative apartments), preparing estate tax returns, final accountings and receipts and releases and distributions of estate and trust assets. His work has involved dealing with individual and charitable beneficiaries and the New York Attorney General’s office.

    At Bank Hapoalim, Solomon gained expertise in areas as diverse as domestic and international commercial lending, federal and state bank regulatory compliance, interstate and international transactions and bank operations and management. His banking practice has included areas such as secured transactions, mortgage loans, wire transfers, funds transfer systems, commercial and standby letters of credit, federal and state banking and consumer regulations and compliance, credit card operations and bank secrecy, as well as various commercial aspects of bankruptcy matters. While at Bank Hapoalim, Solomon was one of the organizers and long-term chair of a committee of in-house lawyers for international banks under the auspices of the Institute of International Bankers.

    Part of Solomon’s practice has been advising on frauds, forgeries, money laundering and other similar crimes affecting banks, including related regulatory compliance issues, financial institution bond claims and confidential internal investigations. He also handles corporate and commercial matters for non-banking clients, including establishment and operations of limited liability companies and real estate transactions.

    At the beginning of his career, Solomon spent two years clerking for two federal judges in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York prior to practicing. He earned his LL.B., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1968 and his B.A., magna cum laude, from Brooklyn College in 1965.

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