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Shareholder Jacob Lamme, a member of McNamee Lochner’s litigation department, recently obtained two court orders in related tax certiorari cases that granted full real property tax exemptions for eight (8) properties under Sections 420-a and 462 of the Real Property Tax Law.   The City of Amsterdam had denied tax exemptions to two religious entities for the properties, claiming that the properties were not used in a manner sufficient to warrant exemption.  Jacob successfully argued that his clients’ use of the properties, as clergy housing and parking lots associated with a Buddhist temple, qualified them for exemption under the law.

This marks another real property tax litigation victory that Jacob has obtained on behalf of a religious institution.  In 2014, Jacob was part of the litigation team that successfully appealed a determination to the Appellate Division, Third Department, and obtained a tax exemption for a large religious summer camp in Schoharie County that serves underprivileged children.

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Shareholder Jake Lamme serves on the Steering Committee for the Capital Region Chamber’s Leadership Tech Valley program.  Jake and his team organized Economic Development Day for the incoming class members for Leadership Tech Valley’s 2017 program.

As part of the program, class members were given toured the Port of Albany and the Mohawk Harbor Development in Schenectady, and met with business leaders throughout the Capital Region to discuss economic development in the Region, including: John Cococcia (Plug Power), Georgette Steffens (Downtown Albany BID), Andrew Kennedy (Center for Economic Growth), Phillip Morris (Proctors), Dave Buicko (Galesi Group), Carm Basile (CDTA) and others.

Economic Development Day is one program in a series of nine events that each Leadership Tech Valley class attends. The program is designed to help up and coming leaders explore issues and opportunities in the Capital Region.

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McNamee Lochner P.C.. is pleased to announce that Mathew P. Barry, Jacob F. Lamme, and Jeremy H. Speich have been named to the 2016 Upstate New York Rising Stars list.

Mathew P. Barry is a member of the firm’s banking, real estate and business litigation practice groups and was recently named a Rising Star in banking law.  Mr. Barry represents business owners and financial institutions in all facets of commercial lending and real estate transactions.  Mr. Barry routinely handles multi-lender and multi-million dollar financing transactions throughout New York State.

Jacob F. Lamme is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Land Use & Zoning practice groups, and was recently named a Rising Star in business litigation.  Mr. Lamme provides litigation and corporate counsel to local, statewide, national and international businesses in a variety of matters, including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, real property tax assessment challenges, and Article 78 proceedings.  Mr. Lamme practices in state and federal courts, and he also provides advice and counsel to clients seeking to avoid litigation.

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McNamee Lochner P.C.. is pleased to announce that Jacob F. Lamme has been named as a shareholder in the Firm effective January 1, 2016.

Mr. Lamme’s practice spans a wide range of litigation areas, including contract, environmental and land use, labor and employment, personal injury, and trust/estate litigation. Mr. Lamme has experience representing clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in complex settlement negotiations.

Mr. Lamme is also experienced with real property tax assessment challenges and Article 78 proceedings in which he has successfully challenged determinations of various boards, municipalities and state agencies. Mr. Lamme is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of New York.

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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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Jacob Lamme is pleased to serve as the President of the Guilderland Library Foundation, which is a non-profit that serves as the private, fundraising arm of the Guilderland Public Library. The Foundation underwrites many of the programs and services that make the Guilderland Public Library such an important part of the community. The Foundation has upgraded the Library’s Young Adult area, created the ever-popular Community Literary Garden, and continues to sponsor the Carol J. Hamblin Notable Authors Speakers Series that has hosted Joyce Carol Oates, Jeff Shaara, Gregory Maguire, Tim Green, Will Moses, New Yorker magazine Cartoon Editor Bob Mankoff, Lincoln historian and author Harold Holzer, and crime novelist Alafair Burke. On May 9th, the Foundation will add to this list by hosting an event featuring famed journalist and author Robert MacNeil.