Michael T. Reilly, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., presented “Proactive Strategies for Shaping Legislation, Regulation, and Political Discourse in New York City Cooperatives” to the Coordinating Council of Cooperatives of Greater New York on December 14.
About the Presentation
Reilly discussed how each individual cooperative could come together with the Coordinating Council of Cooperative to influence the political agenda proactively through education, participation, and voting. He suggested participating in community events, inviting elected officials to speak to shareholders and residents, communicating with Community Affairs, volunteering and hosting events, and donating to applicable causes.
“It’s important for these New York cooperative board members to get involved in their communities, and politics is a great outlet to do so. Providing the educational tools necessary for them to be a part of the decision-making really benefits the entire City in the long run,” said Reilly.
About Michael Reilly
Reilly devotes his practice to real estate, construction, finance, landlord-tenant litigation, and probate matters. He advises cooperative and condominium boards and homeowner associations on corporate governance, financing, construction contracts, commercial leases, regulatory compliance, utility procurement, and insurance recovery matters.
Reilly also provides general counsel advice to not-for-profit corporations that provide supportive housing and social services to elderly, economically disadvantaged, and developmentally disabled residents. He represents corporate entities, individuals, and trusts in the purchase, sale, and lease of commercial properties, condominium units, cooperative apartments, loft spaces, time-share properties, single and multi-family homes, and undeveloped land. Reilly helps owners obtain acquisition financing and negotiate the refinancing and restructuring of underlying mortgages and lines of credit, he advises real estate investors in Internal Revenue Code Section 1031 like-kind exchanges.
In addition, Reilly litigates commercial and residential landlord-tenant cases in New York Civil and Supreme Courts. He has represented condominium boards in common charge collection and unit owner default cases and has successfully negotiated with commercial developers and neighboring buildings to secure license, access, and indemnity agreements on behalf of landlords during construction.
Reilly regularly appears before the city and state regulatory agencies, including the New York City Environmental Control Board, the New York City Department of Buildings, and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, defending landlords and tenants in municipal, construction, environmental, criminal, fire, and building code violations. He has successfully prosecuted non-primary residence proceedings on behalf of regulated housing landlords.
Reilly received his B.A., Government, from Hamilton College in 1998, his J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2001, and his LL.M., Taxation, from Boston University School of Law.