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Contempt Toward Officials in the U.S. Military – Only the Commander-In-Chief can get away with using Twitter

A heated, emotional and bellicose climate is certainly not new to U.S. politics, but constant connectivity to a never-ending news cycle, combined with new forms of communication technology by way of social media presents new challenges for active duty and reserve service members.

As any Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine knows, the Uniform Code of Military Justice (“UCMJ”) sets forth various rules and standards of etiquette and decorum when publicly expressing opinions, views and political affiliation and/or ideology. Violations of these rules and standards can result in a court martial proceeding with quite severe penalties, including but not limited to confinement, forfeiture of pay and even dishonorable separation from the service.

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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems For Construction Industry Professionals

Since publication of our June 2016 blog article about the imminent Department of Transportation (“DOT”) and Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) rules for the use of small unmanned aircraft, the final rule has been issued and the use of these unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”, or “drones”) is officially regulated by the Federal government for commercial purposes. In accordance with the new rules, unmanned aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds can be legally flown in commercial operations within the parameters established by the FAA in Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

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Village of Southampton Dimensional Regulation Changes

On April 13, 2017, the Southampton Village Trustees amended Village Code Section 116-17.1(E). The intent of the Village Code change is to reduce the maximum permitted total gross floor area for dwellings on lots located within Residence Zoning Districts R-40, R-20, R-12.5, and R.7.5, as well as Multi-Family Residence Zoning District MF-20, by the total gross floor area of accessory buildings located within these lots. The maximum gross floor area of dwellings within the R-120, R-80 and R-60 Residence Districts remains at 12% of the lot area of the lot, plus 1,500 square feet (Village Code Section 116.17.1(B)). Click here for entire statute.

Village of East Hampton Zoning Code Changes

Effective March 2, 2017, the East Hampton Village Trustees enacted two important zoning code changes (Local Laws 5 and 6 of 2017), which changed a number of definitions, including “Flag Lot”, “Lot Depth”, “Lot Width”, “Lot Width, Rear”, “Playing Court”, and “Structure” (Village Code Section 278-1).  In addition, the law changed the area and setback requirements for accessory dwelling units, residential accessory structures, and pool houses (Village Code Section 278-3). Click here for entire statute

Kramer vs. Kramer, Part 2 (the fight over the family pet)

In the movie Kramer vs. Kramer, Ted and Joanna Kramer call it quits after many years of marriage prompting a heated custody battle over Billy, the couple’s five year-old son. However, what if instead of being their son, Billy was, in fact, the Kramers’ pet dog or cat? How would the court have ruled in a dispute over custody of “Billy” the dog?

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Tax Grievance Day 2017

tax-grievance-imageEvery year, owners of real property have the opportunity to grieve their real estate taxes and potentially lower the tax assessment on their property for the following tax year. Tax grievance day is the third Tuesday in May each year. This year the deadline for filing is May 16, 2017.

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Protecting Your Website From Liability

A.  Privacy Policy.

Website owners often times ignore the Privacy Policy for their site because there is not a lot of information on needs and requirements. The Privacy Policy for a website is a very important element if there are any breaches of security. This policy is the statement that you make to visitors to your website about what you will do with information gathered from them, how you are gathering that information and how the information will be stored, among other things.

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