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.