Rendering of master plan for Sunnyside YardReal estate insiders like to cite the well-known axiom about the value of land: “They’re not making any more of it.” But that’s essentially what the de Blasio administration and Amtrak aim to do in western Queens by building on top of an active rail yard to create a 115-acre affordable housing development the likes of which the city hasn’t seen in nearly 50 years.In early March, the city unveiled a master plan to cover Sunnyside Yard and build a whole community, including 12,000 units of housing, plus office and commercial space, schools, libraries and green space, all atop a $14.4 billion deck to be constructed over the still-active rail yard. The total cost of the project is not yet known, but the estimated $6 billion hit the city expects from the coronavirus outbreak could significantly delay or reduce the planned funding for the project.The vast deck will dwarf the similar platform that was built over Hudson Yards to create the eponymous development on the west side of Manhattan, which is less than a quarter the size of what’s planned in Queens. And it will accommodate the city’s largest affordable housing development since the 1973 completion of Co-op City in the Bronx, which has 15,372 apartments spread across 35 high-rises and seven townhouse clusters.The Sunnyside Yard project is intended to help address the city’s pressing need for affordable housing in both the rental and sales markets. Under this plan, half of the 12,000 units will be rentals for families meeting certain income requirements and the remaining 6,000 will be for sale. Both renters and homeowners face affordability problems in the city, with roughly 22 percent of each paying more than half of their income on housing costs.Here is the proposal by the numbers: $9BThe amount of money Mayor Bill de Blasio hopes to devote to the project through 2029. Significant public funds are needed to construct affordable housing at scale in weaker markets, and while de Blasio allocated $5.9 billion through September 2019, his successor may not honor additional commitments after de Blasio’s term is up Dec. 31, 2021.5MThe square footage of commercial space for office, retail and industrial uses included in the plan. This has the potential to create an estimated 6,000 jobs in the metropolitan area when the development is finished.197,000The number of new housing units the city added between 2009 and 2018 — not enough to keep pace with employment growth over the same period, which was more than 900,000 private-sector jobs.$96,100The area median income for a family of three in New York City. About 3,000 of the rental units will be available to families earning 50 percent or less of the city’s AMI, or about $48,000 per year for a family of three in 2019, while 3,000 will be for families earning less than 30 percent of AMI, or about $29,000.592The number of applicants for each unit in the city’s affordable housing lotteries in 2018. There were about 4.6 million applicants vying for 7,857 affordable homes. The lotteries were open to residents who earned less than $120,615 for a single person or $199,650 for a family of six.$2,152The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in New York City as of February 2020, according to Apartment List — more than twice the national average of $963. Out of roughly 5.4 million renters in the city, 44 percent pay at least 30 percent of their income in rent, according to the latest Housing and Vacancy Survey.780The number of trains that run through Sunnyside Yard every day via Amtrak and LIRR routes, but this number is expected to increase after the completion of the MTA’s East Side Access and Penn Access projects. The plan includes a new regional rail station for LIRR and Metro-North, plus a new subway station at the site.33%The homeownership rate in New York City as of 2018, according to data from the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. Homeowners in the city also face affordability issues, as over 40 percent of homeowners spend more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs, including mortgage payments. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Streep purchased the property for $2.1 million in 1995. She sold it to the late heiress Libet Johnson for $9.1 million about a decade later, according to the publication. Johnson then rented it to Diandra Douglas, Michael Douglas’ ex-wife, before de Kergorlay acquired the home in 2008 for $13.5 million in 2008.The five-story, 6,750-square-foot townhouse has five bedrooms as well as a landscaped garden and a planted roof deck. The fifth-floor master bedroom is particularly opulent, with a marble fireplace and a 450-square-foot bathroom.[NYPost] — Keith Larsen Meryl Streep and 19 West 12th Street (Getty, StreetEasy)A West Village townhouse that Meryl Streep once called home sold for just about half of its former asking price.Frozen food mogul Elisabeth de Kergorlay originally listed the Greek Revival townhouse at 19 West 12th Street in 2016 for $35 million, according to the New York Post. It sold to a limited liability company, 19W12 LLC, for $17.25 million, according to property records. It was last listed for $22.5 million.Read moreSarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick sell West Village townhouseMerryl Streep parts with Tribeca PH for $15.8M$25M Sousa townohuse faces forelosure
Trackside Live is bringing fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway a patriotic weekend with shows on Saturday, May 26 (post-NASCAR Xfinity Series race) AND Sunday, May 27 (2:30 p.m. ET).The Saturday show was scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET but wet weather and a delay in the Xfinity Series race pushed that show to be approximately 15 minutes after the Xfinity race ends.WATCH: Trackside Live | MORE: Full schedule for All-Star weekend | Buy your ticketsDon’t miss your chance to meet your favorite drivers and have some fun along the way. Watch the video above and get excited for the historic Coca-Cola 600!Enjoy!
On Monday, Charleston, SC-based sextet Doom Flamingo released a new studio cover of Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game”, best known for its inclusion in the 1990 David Lynch film, Wild At Heart. The track was initially premiered by Relix.As Doom Flamingo bassist Ryan Stasik (Umphrey’s McGee) told Relix of the new track, “‘Wicked Game’ is easily the sexiest video I have ever seen. That bendy guitar line, the sandy beach scenes. It was a no brainer for Doom Flamingo to perform it.”Adds guitarist Thomas Kenney, “‘Wicked Game’ has been a fan favorite on the road ironically. We get a lot of feedback on the live performance so recording it made sense. I think our version has all of our natural elements, but really the melody fits Kanika [Moore]’s voice so well- intimate and deeply emotional, as well as fierce and almost operatically soulful. Her range is incredible and she gets to express that on our version. We hope you dig!”“Wicked Game”, which initially appeared on Isaak’s 1989 album, Heart Shaped World, fits perfectly as a Doom Flamingo track. The Doom Flamingo version of “Wicked Game” begins with cool and collected vocals from Kanika Moore before moving into a nonpareil groove led by the guitar of Thomas Kenney. From there, it transforms into a true assault on the cosmos with Ross Bogan and Mike Quinn leading the charge on keys and synth.You can listen to the new Doom Flamingo track below:Doom Flamingo – “Wicked Game” [Chris Isaak cover]<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The new single comes along with cover art by Canadian illustrator, Jordan Noir. Noir has worked hand-in-hand with Doom Flamingo developing the band’s graphic aesthetic since their formation in the spring of 2018. Shortly after the band’s inception, Noir co-created alter-egos with each member of the group. Doom Flamingo’s expansive first album will be complemented by a 26-page comic book featuring these characters echoing the sonic themes found in the music.The Jordan Noir single art for “Wicked Game” features Thomas Kenney (Guitar / Producer, DOOM FLAMINGO / Terraphonics) in the foreground as his comic book “yeti” character with Charleston’s tallest bridge in the background.As Kenney says of Noir’s portrait of him, “I love Jordan’s portrait, it’s vibey and hilarious. I believe our manager made the comment that a photo of myself from a show looked like the original Best of Chris Issak album cover, and we decided to parody that.”See below for a list of upcoming Doom Flamingo tour dates. For ticketing and more information, head over to the band’s website here.Doom Flamingo – Upcoming Tour DatesSunday, December 8, 2019: Charleston Pour House Charleston, SC^Friday, December 20, 2019: Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NCSaturday, December 21, 2019: Beech Mountain Ski Resort, NCSunday, December 29, 2019: Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO*Friday, January 17, 2020: Sony Hall, New York, NY**Saturday, February 15, 2020: Salvage Station, Asheville, NC**^ Post-Phish* During Umphrey’s McGee’s Denver NYE Run**Official Umphrey’s McGee Late NightView Upcoming Tour Dates
Aqueous finished up a three-night (or rather, day) run of sold out shows at Transit Drive-In in Lockport, NY. The Buffalo-bred jam quartet played the outdoor cinema June 19th—21st to sold out crowds for each afternoon show.Aqueous is just the latest act to execute outdoor concerts at a drive-in theater, as these socially distanced gatherings become the new normal. While COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on just about every industry, including live concerts and movie theaters, it has apparently done wonders for the United States’ many drive-in theaters that formerly sat vacant.Related: Pink Talking Fish’s Eric Gould Launches Curbside Concerts ServiceThe run of shows, which began each day at 2 p.m. ET and ran until 5, featured the band playing through an array of its own hits in addition to beloved covers. The crowds who showed up on Saturday were treated to a one-song second set, where the band jammed out “Half In Half Out” for over an hour. The old maxim of “never miss a Sunday show” rang true the next day, however, as during the second set the band members looped their instruments and departed the stage to drive around the crowd on golf carts. While the band made sure to maintain a safe distance between themselves and the crowd, this certainly added a personal touch to this Black Mirror plot twist that has now become the new normal.Scroll down to check out a gallery of photos from Aqueous at the Transit Drive-In on June 21st, courtesy of Jim Houle.Setlist: Aqueous | Transit Drive-In | Lockport, NY | 6/21/20Set 1: Dig It Good, Josie  >Second Sight  > Good Enough, The MedianSet 2: Can You Get Me There?, Willy is 40>Loop Jam*>Kitty ChaserEncore: Freebird  , Complex Pt. I> Second Sight  Steely Dan Unfinished Partially played (as a joke), mostly acapella from Rob Ending*Band set loops on their instruments and proceeded to drive through the audience on golf carts thanking fans.View SetlistAqueous | Transit Drive-In | Lockport, NY | 6/21/20 | Photo: Jim Houle Load remaining images
Kate Snyder Apple Watch Calls 911 for Bike Rider Left Unconscious in CrashThe iBeat Is a “˜Smart’ Watch, But It Can’t “˜Save Your Life’Improving EMS Patient Care with Communication Technologies Long before the incident, he was diagnosed with Friedreich’s Ataxia, a neuromuscular disorder that causes muscle weakness and problems with coordination. He also has hearing loss and an enlarged heart in the left ventricle. Related He emailed Mr. Cook after his release from the hospital to express his gratitude and described how his Apple Watch was in sync with the monitors at the hospital. “I never would have realized this was going on without my Apple Watch,” he said. After making a phone call and relaying the watch’s troubling statistic, though, his doctor disputed the watch’s accuracy. The 25-year-old Perrysburg man just felt tired, not sick. Almost like he’d just finished exercising. Convinced the watch was right, Mr. Zies ultimately went to urgent care. Medical staff there found his oxygen level was 99 percent, his blood pressure was normal, but his resting heart rate was 222 beats per minute. The Blade, Toledo, Ohio He plans to undergo a heart study in February to ensure everything is back to normal. Since his release from the hospital, Mr. Zies said he feels about 90 percent better. Mr. Zies has used Apple Watches for some time and has been an “avid Apple user” for years. He got the latest watch model in October because of its health features, though he emphasized he never really imagined anything like his recent ICU visit would result. ––– Susan Zies, Mr. Zies’ mother, said her son has always been interested in technology. When he was 7 years old, she said he asked for dial-up Internet instead of a birthday party. She is thankful technology not only helped save his life, but allows him to live as independently as possible. He graduated from Ohio State University in May with a ceremony during which Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer, gave the virtual commencement address. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. At the hospital, Ms. Zies said she was shaking and worried watching the doctors treating her son. He was taken by ambulance to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, where staff worked to get his heart rate down. They shocked his heart, he said, and he spent the night in the intensive-care unit. The next day, he had an arterial ablation to correct an arterial flutter. ©2020 The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) “I guess for Thanksgiving, I was very thankful for Apple,” Mr. Zies said. When the watch alerted him to a potential health issue, she was with him and remembered that he kept insisting, “‘Mom, the watch is right,’” she said. “It’s not every day you think this is probably going to happen,” he said. “I guess it was a good purchase.” “Zac knows his technology,” she said. Visit The Blade (Toledo, Ohio) at www.toledoblade.com “I was trying to keep calm for him. Because he was calm,” she said. “It was pretty scary.” When Zac Zies’ Apple Watch showed his resting heart rate at 210 beats per minute, he figured he ought to check in with his doctor. (TNS)
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA little store in a Hollister, Missouri shopping center is offering the basic needs — clothing, hygiene items and baby supplies — at incredible prices. They’re all free.The shop, called Selfless Blessings, was started by Andrea Berdine after she witnessed a thrift store turning away a man who asked if he could have one of their coats.“He wasn’t asking for money,” she told KY3 news. “He was cold, and he was wet, and he needed a coat.”Like many of us, Berdine was compelled to act. “I found him, gave him a coat… (and) told him how sorry we were, couldn’t believe that happened in our community,” she says.After posting her frustration on Facebook, a new group was born, wanting to do good for those in need.Now she runs a shop of her own where people throughout the community come to drop off bags of used clothes and household items so Andrea and her volunteers can give them away. ”We have supporters come in and drop a $10.00 donation and leave with nothing but a hug,” Andrea told the Good News Network. “We have others who come in and leave with bags full of food and toiletries and pay nothing, but a thankful hug.”“A lot of people told me I was crazy, but crazy has turned into a perfect storm of giving,” she added. “There have been trials as far as funding, but it always seems to come out in the wash.”The Facebook group is open to all at SelflessBlessings.(WATCH the inspiring video at KY3.com)DONATE: (Selfless Blessings, Inc. has applied for, but not yet received, 501C3 non-profit status):– 153 1st Street, Turkey Creek Junction, Hollister, MO. 65672– Make cash donations through Paypal or credit card at www.selflessblessings.com.– Anyone wishing to receive a written acknowledgment of your donation will need to ask for the same at the time of the donation.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Angels in America’s Nathan Lane on the Fascinating Roy Cohn, His Coming Out Quip, Emotional Wedding & More from His Show People Interview
Related Shows Other must-read highlights:ON ANGELS IN AMERICA ‘MARATHON DAYS’“It’s the best way to do it. It’s a communal experience. It does bring out the best in people. They know that they are going to be spending a lot of time together in this world. Obviously, it’s the more tiring version for the actors, but it’s the most fulfilling, and you really feel that from the audiences. In fact, when you start the marathon day, you sense, ‘Oh, they’re so excited about where we’re going to take them,’ and so I love those days.”ON ROY COHN“I wanted to show his deterioration in a way that I hadn’t seen happen before. To watch someone die, who’s fighting with every breath he has to stay alive and not be disbarred—he was brought up on charges several times and always got away with it. I love playing this part. Tony Kushner has taken this contradictory, screwed up human being and created this fascinating character. With any of these so-called ‘monsters,’—and I’ve played a few in my career—you can’t just play evil. He thinks of himself as being on the right side and believes totally in what he’s doing and why he’s doing it. It’s thrilling to play someone who’s that sure of himself. It’s AIDS that stops him in his tracks, and I think ultimately, AIDS is what humanizes him. It’s easy to find the people who hated him, but I wanted to talk to people who were fond of him. He was a very loyal friend. If he loved you, he would do anything for you. He couldn’t have gotten where he got to if he hadn’t been able to charm and seduce and be funny. He’s filled with contradictions. In the hands of a genius like Tony Kushner, it’s a fascinating and thrilling gift to be given as an actor.”ON MARRYING DEVLIN ELLIOTT“Devlin and I had been living together for over 10 years. Neither one of us were the types that said, ‘Oh, we have to get married.’ We then were talking about it, and he said, ‘Yes, I’d like to do this.’ And I said, ‘Yes, I’d like to do that too.’ We went to City Hall with our wonderful friends, comedian Mike Birbiglia and his wife Jen. We had been witnesses for them. I thought, ‘Oh, this is lovely. We’ll do this, have lunch and be on our way.’ We got in there, and I started to say those words that you’ve heard in 1,000 movies and plays. I just totally fell apart. I could barely speak. I got so emotional. It really didn’t hit me until then. It’s a very subtle change that happens when you’re able to refer to him as your husband. It’s the best thing I ever did.”ON ANGELS IN AMERICA“It’s a tribute to the play that is takes place at such a specific place and time, but it’s so universal. If anyone was a prophet, aside from Prior Walter, it’s Tony Kushner. It’s amazing how prescient it is. So many of these issues that we’re talking about, we’re talking about now. Now, in the midst of this insane political time where democracy itself is under siege, it’s more resonant and essential than ever.”ON NEW YORK IN THE LATE ’70s“I had a very delayed adolescence. I didn’t date anybody in high school, and I didn’t really go to college. I went right into show business. In the lates ‘70s, I moved to New York. It was a free for all. It was incredibly frightening. If you got a bruise, you suddenly thought, ‘Oh my God. Is this it?’ There were people that then said, ‘That’s it. No more sex.’ And then there were people who were defiant. They were terrifying times. The play is a real history lesson for younger generations. They should know this history.”ON HOST PAUL WONTOREK’S HAIR“It could be declared a national forest. It is a great head of hair.”Watch the full episode of Show People with Paul Wontorek below! Show Closed This production ended its run on July 15, 2018 Angels in America 2. MABEL THE FRENCHIE IS EVEN MORE OF A DIVA THAN WE THOUGHT“Whenever she would see a black town car, she thought it was for her. Me and my husband would often take a town car to Long Island. We have a house there. Every time she saw one, she would drag me to it as if she was late for a premiere.” Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.Did you know Show People is available as a podcast? Listen to your favorite stars talk Broadway and beyond on your way to work, the gym, the theater and more on iTunes and Spotify. Nathan Lane is a Broadway legend. Loved for his hilarious roles in The Producers, The Birdcage and many more, the two-time Tony winner is currently giving one of the most masterful dramatic performances of his career. Taking on real-life lawyer and Donald Trump mentor Roy Cohn in the Broadway revival of Tony Kushner’s landmark two-parter Angels in America, Lane displays the deterioration of a giant. The performance captures his versatility as one of the most celebrated entertainers of our time.. Here’s what we learned from Lane about why Angels in America “marathon days” are the best ones, his divalicious dog Mabel, what’s up with that Death of a Salesman revival with Laurie Metcalf and more on this week’s Show People with Paul Wontorek. 1. SEXUAL FLUIDITY MAY BE A THING, BUT THERE’S NO EBB AND FLOW HERE“Oh, I’m totally gay. Totally gay. Right down to my shoes. I came out to my mother when I was 21. That didn’t go well. Certainly, my friends and family knew. After The Birdcage, I suddenly found myself being asked at a press junket if I was gay. To a certain degree, I felt like, ‘Doesn’t everybody know? Do I really have to make an announcement?’ I also wanted it to be about the work and the movie. I finally get a leading part in a film, and I wanted that to be acknowledged more than a coming out. And so I made a decision to say, ‘I’d rather not discuss my personal life.’ After the press junket, Us Magazine asked me if I was gay, and I said, famously, ‘I’m 40, single and I work a lot in the musical theater, you do the math. What do you need? Flash cards?’” Nathan Lane 3. DEATH OF A SALESMAN WITH LAURIE METCALF HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOREVER“I’ll do anything with Laurie Metcalf. I love her so much. It’s nice that Hollywood has finally recognized that she’s a brilliant actress, something we knew in the theater for a long time. Death of a Salesman is an ongoing discussion. It probably wouldn’t happen right away. It is something that Joe Mantello—this has been going back to the days of Love! Valour! Compassion!. He said to me, ‘One day, we’re going to do Death of a Salesman.’ We all did November, the David Mamet play together. He brought up me and Laurie in Salesman, and I said, ‘Well, that would be extraordinary.’ At that point, I was feeling I wasn’t old enough yet. Now, I unfortunately am the right age. We’ll see. I would love to do that, especially with Joe. He’s really one of the greatest directors.” View Comments Star Files
February 1, 2011 On the Move February 1, 2011 On the Move On the Move Kenneth Curtin has joined Adams and Reese as special counsel in the litigation practice group in the firm’s Tampa and St. Petersburg offices. He focuses in the areas of complex commercial, construction, community association, and real property litigation, as well as insurance defense and coverage issues. Jason Neufeld has joined Neufeld, Kleinberg & Pinkiert in Aventura. The firm also has an office in Lakeland. Neufeld will focus on all personal injury issues, with a new focus on BP claims from the recent oil spill. Eric D. Molina has been named an equity partner with Pavese Law Firm in Ft. Myers. His primary areas of practice include general civil and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, family law, creditors’ rights and collections, and immigration law (family-based residency and naturalization alone). The Medi-Law Firm has moved its offices to 2100 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste. 1000, Coral Gables 33134. Phone (305) 444-3484. Max A. Adams and Thomas P. Fabricio practice health law. Timothy J. Murph y and Cyrus S. Niakan have joined Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin as associates in its West Palm Beach office. Murphy concentrates his practice in the area of products liability litigation and catastrophic personal injury. Niakan focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death litigation, with an emphasis on cases involving manufacturing and design defects. Paul Avron, Debbi Evans Galler, and Jeffrey Wertman have been named of counsel with Berger Singerman. All three were previously associates with the firm. Avron, who practices in the Boca Raton office, practices in the areas of corporate reorganization, bankruptcy law, creditors’ rights, and appellate litigation. Galler, who practices in the Miami office, focuses her practice not only in bankruptcy, receiverships, insolvency, and assignments for the benefit of creditors which are state court liquidation proceedings pursuant to Florida Statutes, but also in business transactions including commercial real estate projects, acquisition and disposition of businesses, asset-based lending, and leasing and financing arrangements. Wertman practices in Ft. Lauderdale office focusing in the areas of construction law, construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and general civil, corporate, commercial, and complex litigation. Gustavo A. Martinez has joined Nicklaus & Associates in Coral Gables. He will focus on the firm’s practice in commercial litigation and transportation law. William D. Zoeller has become a partner with Schuler, Halvorson & Weisser in West Palm Beach. The firm’s primary practice areas are personal injury and wrongful death. William W. Sunter has been named a shareholder of the Farr Law Firm in Punta Gorda. Sunter focuses his legal practice on civil, real property, and probate litigation, as well as guardianship. Matthew Mandel of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske in Ft. Lauderdale has been named chair of the firm’s litigation group. Joshua W. Dobin, Solomon B. Genet, and James C. Moon have become partners of Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami. Dobin practices in the areas of corporate bankruptcy, business reorganization, workouts, and creditors’ rights. Genet focuses his practice on corporate insolvency/bankruptcy, financial fraud, and commercial litigation. Moon’s areas of practice include creditors’ rights, workouts, bankruptcy, and commercial litigation. Rick Flowers has become a partner with Adams and Reese in St. Petersburg. Flowers focuses on both civil litigation and transactional work with an emphasis on real-estate-related matters. Jack Webb has become a partner with Brennan, Manna and Diamond in Jacksonville. Webb will continue to lead the firm’s labor and employment practice group. The Law Offices of Scott L. Richardson has relocated from Altamonte Springs to 126 E. Jefferson St., Orlando 32801. The firm continues to focus on criminal defense and divorce cases. (407) 843-9411 or (407) 739-9411. Melissa Tapanes Llahues and Michael “Mickey” Marrero have become partners with Bercow Radell & Fernandez in Miami, which practices zoning and land use law. Michael J. Barry has joined Rutledge, Ecenia & Purnell in Tallahassee. Barry will concentrate his practice in the areas of regulated industries, administrative practice, and governmental relations. Michael W. Casey III, Hector A. Chichoni, Richard D. Tuschman, Kevin E. Vance, Mark J. Beutler, and Teresa M. Maestrelli have joined Duane Morris in Miami. Casey joins as a partner and practices labor and employment law. Chichoni joins as a partner in the firm’s immigration practice group. Tuschman joins as a partner and focuses his practice in labor and employment litigation. Vance joins as a partner and focuses his practice on employment litigation, state and federal appellate work, and administrative litigation on the state and federal level. Beutler joins as an associate and focuses his practice on representing clients in labor disputes, discrimination, and wage-and-hour litigation, as well as in commercial litigation. Maestrelli joins as an associate and focuses her practice on labor and employment litigation. Brian M. Walsh has opened The Law Offices of Brian M. Walsh, P.A., located at 1020 Minnesota Avenue, Suite 10, Winter Park 32789, phone (407) 489-2538, e-mail [email protected], web www.walshlawpa.com. The firm will focus on general corporate matters, federal income tax, estate planning and commercial lending, and leasing matters throughout Central Florida. Ilyse M. Homer has been named a partner with Berger Singerman in Miami. Homer serves as team manager of the firm’s business reorganization team. She concentrates her practice in bankruptcy, insolvency, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy appeals, and assignments for benefit of creditors. Isabel Diaz Barroso has joined Kubicki Draper in Miami. Barroso will focus on handling catastrophic claims including medical malpractice, negligent security, products, and premises liability. Scott E. Lindquist has joined Kubicki Draper in Orlando, where he will handle complex construction and environmental litigation, along with commercial collections. Brandon Forgione and Brad McPherson have joined Broad and Cassel in West Palm Beach as associates in the commercial litigation practice group. David M. Kerner has joined Schuler, Halvorson & Weisser in West Palm Beach as an associate. The firm’s primary practice areas are personal injury and wrongful death. Christopher J. Stephens, and Ethen R. Shapiro have been elected shareholders at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa. Stephens practices in the corporate and tax group, and his practice includes mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate governance, and venture capital and private equity. Shapiro serves in the firm’s litigation group, and his practice includes medical malpractice, hospital liability, and professional liability healthcare litigation. Michael J. Pike has become a partner with Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman in West Palm Beach. Pike focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, bad faith insurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation. Dean, Mead & Bovay have opened a new office in Gainesville. Jack Bovay will serve as managing shareholder for the Gainesville office, which will also house Julia M. Cook and Richard I. Withers. Bovay has a varied practice that includes estate, succession and asset protection planning. He also handles the statutory and tax aspects of probate and trust litigation. Cook practices in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, business succession planning, and tax. Withers practices in the area of estate planning, business succession planning, probate and trust administration, and tax planning for businesses and individuals. Justin Arnold has been named as a partner with McGrane, Nosich & Ganz in Coral Gables and Maria Ortiz, David Reinblatt, Vanessa Cabrera, and Jack Simmons have joined the firm as associates. Bruce R. Meeks has joined the Law Office of Gary A. Roberts & Associates in Tallahassee, which will now be known as Roberts & Meeks. Meeks’ practice areas are employment law, administrative law, and mediation services.
November 1, 2016 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actions Prepared by The Florida Bar’s Public Information and Bar Services Department __________________________________________________________ The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders disciplined 22 attorneys —disbarring two, revoking the licenses of four, suspending 12, publicly reprimanding three, and sentencing one to jail time. Four attorneys were also placed on probation, and two were ordered to pay restitution. Mark Jerome Albrechta, 3853 Northdale Blvd., Suite 346, Tampa, to be publicly reprimanded following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1982) Albrechta was involved in a conflict of interest after representing a couple who purchased a house. When one of the homeowners moved out, Albrechta moved in, having developed a personal relationship with the woman. They subsequently married. The home suffered flood damage a couple years later, and the woman retained Albrechta to represent her on the insurance claim. (Case No. SC15-1163) Renee Binns, 2040 N.E. 5th Terrace, Cape Coral, suspended for 90 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1994) Further, Binns shall pay restitution of $500 to one client, and upon reinstatement, Binns shall be placed on probation for two years. In several instances, Binns failed to communicate with clients, failed to complete matters for which she was hired, failed to respond to official Bar inquiries, and violated trust account rules. (Case Nos. SC15-1008 & SC15-2143) Allen Montgomery Blake, 4411 Bee Ridge Road #161, Sarasota, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following an August 26 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1969) Blake was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an April 11 court order, suspending him for one year. Specifically, Blake was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-1138) Francisco D. Coll, P.O. Box 10370, Tampa. The Supreme Court granted Coll’s request for a permanent disciplinary revocation, without leave to seek readmission, effective immediately, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2007) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. Disciplinary charges pending against Coll involved allegations of misappropriation of client funds and failure to communicate with a client. (Case No. SC16-991) Bernard F. Daley, Jr., 901 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee, sentenced to 30 days in the county jail, following a July 14 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) Daley was found guilty of indirect criminal contempt for violating a previous court order. On April 24, the court granted him a permanent disciplinary revocation without leave to seek readmission. Disciplinary revocation is equivalent to disbarment. Daley had numerous charges pending, including but not limited to lack of diligence and communication and excessive billing. (Case No. SC15-2012) John J. Doyle, 2400 Science Parkway, Suite 1B, Okemos, Mich., disbarred effective immediately, following an August 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) Doyle was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a September 10, 2015, court order, suspending him for three years. Specifically, Doyle was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar, within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-809) Paul Dukovich, 7530 S.W. 134th St., Miami, disbarred effective immediately, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1990) Dukovich pleaded no contest in court to felony offenses: attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling, witness tampering, and aggravated stalking. As a result of the felony convictions, he was suspended by the Florida Supreme Court on February 17. After being properly served, Dukovich failed to appear at the final hearing. He also failed to self-report the felony convictions to the Bar. (Case No. SC16-295) Jonathan Paltiel Flom, P.O. Box 1163, Palm Beach, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an August 11 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) After a jury trial in New York, Flom was found guilty of money laundering, a felony, based on his involvement with a securities fraud scheme. (Case No. SC16-1455) Theodore Stewart Fries, Jr., 5465 N.E. 1st Lane, Ocala, suspended for three years, effective immediately, following an August 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Fries was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a November 16, 2015, court order, suspending him for one year. Specifically, Fries was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. (Case No. SC16-632) Scott Joseph Givens, 400 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 1100, Tampa. The Supreme Court granted Givens’ request for a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. Disciplinary charges pending against Givens involved allegations that he created false pleadings, lawsuits, and judgments to mislead his clients into believing he was diligently representing them, and allegations concerning his representation of a client regarding an appeal. (Case No. SC16-1295) Mark Alan Greenberg, P.O. Box 1326, Hallandale. The Supreme Court granted Greenberg’s request for a permanent disciplinary revocation, without leave to seek readmission, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1983) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. The disciplinary matter that was pending against Greenberg was related to criminal charges. He subsequently entered a no contest plea in Broward County Circuit Court. (Case No. SC16-1245) Brian Neil Greenspoon, 706 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 4-204, Deerfield Beach, suspended for three years, effective retroactive to February 26, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Greenspoon pleaded “no contest” to one count of unlawful solicitation (to provide legal services) in violation of Florida statutes. Adjudication was withheld and he was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and 150 hours of community service. (Case No. SC16-157) Ian Horn, P.O. Box 691, Brandon, to receive a public reprimand following an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1986) Further, Horn is placed on probation for two years. Horn represented a client in a personal injury claim. When the claim settled, Horn disbursed the proceeds in accordance with the closing statement, with the exception of funds for the doctor, which were not disbursed for several months. Horn was not maintaining his trust account properly during that period. (Case No. SC16-1421) John T. Jenkins, Jr., 20 Carrick Road, Palm Beach Gardens, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an August 31 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2003) Jenkins was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a March 24 court order, suspending him for 90 days. Specifically, Jenkins was ordered to notify his clients, opposing counsel, and tribunals of his suspension and provide The Florida Bar within 30 days, a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that he provided with a copy of his suspension order. Jenkins also failed to contact Florida Lawyers Assistance as ordered, to schedule an evaluation, and he failed to provide proof of scheduling to the Bar. (Case No. SC16-1122) Carol Lynn Benson Kendall, 2719 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 164, Hollywood, suspended until further order, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Kendall was found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of an official Bar inquiry regarding a complaint. (Case No. SC16-1265) Richard Randall Kuritz, 200 E. Forsyth St., Jacksonville, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1993) A judge found that, in representing a client in a murder trial, Kuritz committed misconduct. Kuritz failed to advise the court that he met with a juror and drafted her affidavit, which he attached to his motion for a new trial. Kuritz subsequently failed on appeal, to clarify that history with the Supreme Court. (Case No. 16-30) Marc G. Kurzman, 1600 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 300-C, Boca Raton, suspended for 60 days, effective 30 days from an August 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1980) This is a reciprocal discipline matter. Kurzman is also a member of the Minnesota State Bar. While on probation in Minnesota, Kurzman represented a client in a child visitation matter. During the deposition Kurzman implied that the court-appointed parenting consultant had previously been accused of sexual misconduct with a child. The referee found that Kurzman had no evidence to support the allegation and that he did it to humiliate the consultant. In another matter, Kurzman was retained to represent a woman regarding child custody and visitation. He was late on two occasions in filing required documents and was subsequently discharged by the client. (Case No. SC16-1404) Robert Bruce Moeller, 717 N.E. 665 St., Old Town, to be publicly reprimanded following an August 4 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1974) Further, Moeller shall be placed on probation for a period not to exceed five years. Moeller is also a licensed pharmacist. He was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic battery in October 2015 after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife. After his arrest and release, he checked into a recovery center for his substance abuse addiction. The Florida Board of Pharmacy will not take action against Moeller’s license as long as he successfully completes the drug rehabilitation program. (Case No. SC16-651) Thomas Harold Ostrander, 514 27th St. W., Bradenton, suspended for 60 days, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1985) Further, upon reinstatement, Ostrander shall be placed on probation for one year and pay restitution of $5,000 to one client. Ostrander attempted to represent a client in a criminal appeal. He was not qualified, because he was not a member of the 11th Circuit Bar nor was he court-appointed appellate counsel. (Case No. SC16-1379) Neil Howard Rubin, 1130 Washington Ave., Floor 4, Miami Beach. The Supreme Court granted Rubin’s request for a disciplinary revocation, with leave to seek readmission after five years, effective 30 days from an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2000) Disciplinary revocation is tantamount to disbarment. A disciplinary matter pending against Rubin involved allegations of trust account irregularities. (Case No. SC16-1140) Frank Wolland, 12865 W. Dixie Highway, Floor 2, North Miami, suspended for 30 days, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1978) After the Bar received an insufficient funds notice from Wolland’s bank, an audit found evidence of extensive commingling in his trust account. (Case No. SC16-1385) Carlos R. Zepeda, 11046 S.W. 148th Place, Miami, suspended for three years, effective retroactive to February 4, following an August 18 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2007) After serving nine months in jail, Zepeda pleaded no contest to charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and trespass to a structure with a firearm, both felonies. Adjudication was withheld and he was placed on probation for 10 years. (Case No. SC15-2402) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline. Disbarred lawyers may not re-apply for admission for five years. They are required to go through an extensive process that rejects many who apply. It includes a rigorous background check and retaking the bar exam. Historically, less than 5 percent of disbarred lawyers seek readmission. November 1, 2016 Disciplinary Actions