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Maureen T. Liccione Obtains Landmark Ruling in New York’s Highest Court
Date: February 20th, 2014
Location: Garden City, New York

On February 17, 2014 the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that Nassau County’s attempt to repeal the “County Guaranty” was void and unconstitutional.  Baldwin Union Free School District et al. v. County of Nassau, 2014 N.Y. Slip Op. 1103 (Feb. 2014).  Maureen Liccione successfully argued on behalf of the Town of North Hempstead and its special districts that the County should remain liable for its mistakes which otherwise would have cost her clients many millions each year.

Nassau County assesses all real property in the three towns within the County.  As a result, in 1948 the County requested the Legislature to enact State laws requiring the County to refund all school, town and special district taxes.  In November 2010, the County enacted a local law which tried to repeal this New York State statute.

The Appellate Division, Second Department and the Court of Appeals both held the County’s attempt to be a violation of the New York State Constitution.  Ms. Liccione argued for the Town of North Hempstead and special districts before both appellate courts.  She was assisted in the briefs by partner Andrew Mahony and counsel Robert Guido.

This is Ms. Liccione’s third success representing municipalities in New York’s highest court.  The other cases are Rocky Point Drive-In v. Town of Brookhaven, 21 N.Y.3d 729 (Nov. 2013) and Gorman v. Town of Huntington, 12 N.Y.3d 275 (2009).

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