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6 Most Dangerous Roads in the Hudson Valley Region

Posted on February 19, 2018 by admin

Sometimes, the very qualities that makes our region desirable can also make it dangerous. The green and leafy communities north of New York City in the Hudson Valley region draw many people in to live and work. But the increase in traffic can cause dangerous driving conditions, congestion and accidents. The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) reviews vehicle crashes across the state by looking at data every tenth of a mile and focusing on every area whose accident rate is higher than expected. This data is usually reviewed internally, with the goal of changing the infrastructure to make dangerous areas safer. Here are 6 of the most dangerous roads in the Hudson Valley region. #1: Interstate 684 in Putnam County This was the most dangerous road in the state, according to a 2015 article in The News Journal of lower Hudson River Valley. In one area, state authorities…
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3 Surprising Marriage and Divorce Trends

Posted on February 19, 2018 by Dawn Snyder

In everyday conversation, probably one of the most often-cited relationship statistics is that half of all marriages end in divorce. Not only is this statistic outdated, it falls far short of capturing the current picture of marriage in the United States. Changing demographics and cultural norms are both causing a shift in the way people approach marriage. Here are some surprising facts shown by recent statistics and studies. Marriage rates are declining – and so are divorces Marriage rates are at an all-time low, at least according to data going back to 1870. Marriage and divorce rates have historically been affected by current events, so for example, marriage numbers rose just before World War I and World War II, as people rushed to tie the knot before deployment. In turn, divorce numbers rose at the end of the wars when more couples were able to live together. However, the marriage…
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Best Motorcycle Day Trips in New Jersey

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin
motorbike driving in the weekend

New Jersey is a great state for motorcycle day trips. Once away from the main highways, the natural beauty of the state can reveal itself. Here are three of our favorites for weekend get-aways. The D&R Canal, Central New Jersey The Delaware and Raritan Canal in central New Jersey runs for a long portion beside the canal, which is cool and green and shady on summer days. The D&R Canal was built to connect the Raritan and Delaware Rivers in the earlier part of the nineteenth century. Now, it’s a favorite destination for hikers and bikers. Do be aware that this runs part of the way on narrow rides, so use caution and yield the right-of-way. Take State Road 623 (Canal Road) in South Bound Brook to Weston Canal Road. Make a right onto Weston Canal Road. This continues along the canal. After this, the road will turn sharply to…
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5 Ways Trucks Put Other Vehicles at Risk

Posted on February 5, 2018 by admin
White truck on the asphalt rural road in the polar night

The great majority of professional truck drivers cover tens of thousands of highway miles every year without incident. The large trucks they drive are also safer and more heavily regulated than other vehicles on the road. Nonetheless, collisions between large trucks and other vehicles inevitably result in substantially more damage, injuries and fatalities to the other vehicles and their occupants than to the truck and its driver. The Physics and Risks of Truck Driving The physical disparity between a large truck and a car enhances the driving risks faced by the smaller vehicle. The truck accident lawyers at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer, & Graifman see at least five ways that this disparity and other factors expose vehicle occupants to greater risks on the roadway. Trucks weigh up to twenty times more than cars. On U.S. roadways, a fully-loaded semi tractor-trailer truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In contrast, an average passenger…
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New Federal Tax Law Will Reshape Alimony in NY and NJ

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Dawn Snyder

According to the current federal law, alimony payments – also known as spousal support – are tax deductible for the spouse making the payments. The newly-approved tax bill, however, shifts the tax benefit from the paying spouse to the receiving spouse. This will have a significant effect on divorce proceedings. About the new 2017 tax law On December 22, 2017, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Act is the most significant change to the federal tax law in three decades.  It promises to simplify the tax code, primarily by: Lowering individual and corporate tax rates Eliminating multiple tax credits and deductions Increasing the child tax credit, and Repealing the health care individual mandate penalty For divorcing couples, the most important change affects the deductibility of alimony paid to a former spouse. Who is affected by change in alimony deductions Under the…
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3 Things You Need To Know About Marijuana Legalization in NJ

Posted on January 24, 2018 by admin
hemp; cannabis; indica; sativa

New Jersey’s outgoing Governor Chris Christie was not a supporter of marijuana legalization, but observers believe that the new incoming administration will be more amenable to the prospect. State Senator Nicholas Scutari has already introduced legislation to bring legal recreational marijuana to New Jersey. Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman would like to emphasize to all of its New York and New Jersey clients that regardless of your position on the merits of marijuana legalization, when you are on the road you are obligated to drive responsibly and to maintain the safest possible driving conditions for you, your passengers, and your fellow motorists. KGG partner, Paul Goldhamer, sums our message up succinctly: “Don’t drink or smoke and drive!” What can we expect if New Jersey does join the growing list of states that allow recreational marijuana use? Here are three issues to keep in mind regarding marijuana and driving: Marijuana Legalization and…
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NYC Pedestrian Deaths Fall in 2017, But Remain a Problem

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Dawn Snyder

Year after year, New York City remains the most walkable city in the nation, according to Walk Score. The personal and regional benefits of a pedestrian-accessible city are continually tempered, however, with a tradition of triple digit pedestrian deaths each year. One major thoroughfare has contributed significantly to the number of deaths in the past but city officials have shown that with enough effort, street improvements can save many lives. Queens Boulevard is no longer the “Boulevard of Death” It took years of planning and millions of dollars but Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero is finally starting to pay off. The initiative seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths across the city. In recent years, the campaign focused on the section of Queens Boulevard that had been dubbed the Boulevard of Death for its seemingly endless string of fatalities. The infamous portion of Queens Boulevard spans 300 feet wide – ten…
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3 Reasons Custody Agreements Are Revised

Posted on January 21, 2018 by Jacky Gale
The parent holds the hand of a small child

Custody and visitation agreements aren’t set in stone. While it’s absolutely essential to abide by the terms of the decree while it’s in effect, it is possible to ask the court to change the terms. Either parent may consult a divorce lawyer to discuss child custody modifications, but there must be a compelling reason and evidence to prove these changes are necessary for the best interests of the child. 1. Risk of child endangerment If you have reason to believe that your child may be at risk of physical or psychological harm, or if your child may be placed in a dangerous situation, don’t waste any time calling a family law firm. Some examples are domestic violence between parent and child, or between the parent and a new partner or spouse. Or, the child may be housed in an unsafe situation characterized by any of the following: Presence of illicit…
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Subaru Engine Defect Class Action Litigation

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Theresa Andre

The firm is currently litigating a putative class action involving a potential defect concerning the engine components of 2009 — 2014 model year Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STi vehicles equipped with 2.5 liter engines. The alleged engine defect subjects class engines to pressure on the crankshaft and rod bearings which could lead to catastrophic engine failure. This suit asserts that the engines in these vehicles are prone to experiencing premature engine failure before the end of the useful life of the vehicles and well before consumers reasonably expect any such failure to occur. The suit seeks reimbursement of the cost of repair and/or replacement of the defective engines. If you have any interest in speaking with the attorney at the firm about this matter, please contact class action attorney Gary S. Graifman, Esq., Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., 747 Chestnut Ridge Road – Suite 200, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977…
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10 Examples of Irreconcilable Differences in Divorce Cases

Posted on January 19, 2018 by Ava Lawson
Wooden Gavel On Petition For Divorce

In New Jersey, which allows no-fault divorce proceedings, many couples cite irreconcilable differences as justification for their split. As the term implies, irreconcilable differences is an inability for two married people to resolve disagreements or differing opinions, leading to a hostile and unhappy relationship. In such situations, where marriages are broken beyond any hope of repair, couples may agree that staying together is not in their, or their children’s, best interests. What Is a “No-fault Divorce”? No-fault divorces are those in which blame is not allocated to any one single party. Neither person has committed egregious acts such as adultery or extreme cruelty that purposefully undermined the marriage. Abandonment, domestic violence and other types of bad behavior are grounds for seeking an “at-fault” divorce. In 2010, New York became one of the last states in the nation to recognize no-fault divorces, by amending legislation to add “irretrievable breakdown of the…
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