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John Privitera and Jacob Lamme achieved a substantial appellate victory, establishing and protecting the legal right of religious and charitable organizations to obtain real property tax exemptions even if improvements on an organization’s real property are incomplete.

The Town of Jefferson, in the foothills of the Catskills, had sought to impose real property taxes upon Oorah, Inc., a religious charity that provides year-round activities and summer camp experiences to underprivileged children. The Town wrongfully challenged Oorah’s federal tax exemption; questioned Oorah’s religious and charitable purposes; and, illegally denied Oorah’s right to be exempt from real property taxes.

The Town’s effort to deny Oorah’s rights, based upon purported violations of local building and fire codes at incomplete recreational facilities for the children, failed. The appellate victory establishes that municipalities in New York may not deprive a charity of its right to tax exempt status based upon the building or fire codes.

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April M. Dalbec, a shareholder in the law firm of McNamee Lochner P.C.. was installed in June 2014 as President of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, (CDWBA). She becomes the 36th President of the Capital District Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of New York State.

The CDWBA installation dinner and general membership meeting took place at Franklin Plaza in Troy NY, where members and friends of CDWBA dined and witnessed Ms. Dalbec and six others take their oath of service as the chapters new Executive Board. Also sworn in were Linda Blom Johnson as President-Elect, Rebekah Nellis Kennedy as First Vice President, Dana L. Salazar as 2nd Vice President, Kathleen “Casey” Copps DiPaola as Treasurer, Lea Ermides Stevens as Recording Secretary and Ricja Rice as Corresponding Secretary.

In her inaugural address as President of the Capital District Women’s Bar Association, Ms. Dalbec spoke of her ongoing involvement with the Association, the enriching relationships developed, and the impact it has had on her career. Her speech highlighted the CDWBA mission to promote advancement of Capital Region women, encouragement of fair and impartial administration of justice, providing public service, and outlined goals to further the mission.