- Of Counsel
Trishka Waterbury Cecil recently represented the town of Princeton before the Appellate Division of the Superior Court is New Jersey
In Avalon Princeton, LLC v. Princeton, 2017 WL 2544792 (App. Div. June 13, 2017), the Appellate Division held that under the plain language of the Uniform Housing and Affordability Controls (UHAC), N.J.A.C. 5:80-26.11(a), the affordability restrictions on low- and moderate-income affordable housing rental units must remain in place for at least thirty years, and must continue to remain in place until the municipality elects to release the units. The court further held that the municipal election to release the units must be made after the expiration of the initial thirty-year period, not before, and must be made by ordinance. The court held that the regulation in question preempts any local ordinance or language in a developer’s agreement to the contrary, and concluded that Princeton acted properly when it rejected Avalon’s attempt to record a deed restriction on the affordable units in its development pursuant to which the restrictions would have expired automatically at the conclusion of the initial thirty-year period.
A copy of the decision can be downloaded for free from Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=13385101032910667269).
Sharon A. Dragan has been named Director and Shareholder with Mason, Griffin & Pierson. Sharon received a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law where she served as Bureau Editor for the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She practices in the areas of local government law, zoning and land use law, real estate law, and estate law. Sharon is Attorney for the Township of Readington, Attorney for Alexandria Township, Attorney for Delaware Township and Attorney for Special Open Space Counsel of West Amwell Township. In her continued service to the legal profession, Sharon served on the District XIII Ethics Committee for several years, the committee that acts as the investigative and prosecutorial arm of the Supreme Court of New Jersey in discharging the Court's constitutional responsibility to supervise and discipline New Jersey attorneys. Sharon is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, a professional organization with the purpose of promoting education and professionalism among local government attorneys. She is a member of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania State Bar Associations.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson continues its support of youth basketball programs in the community. For more information on the Dillon Youth Basketball League go to the Princeton Recreation Department at www.leaguelineup.com
For information on the Montgomery Basketball Association go to www.montgomerybasketball.com
In May of this year, New Jersey joined the growing number of states to enact paid sick leave laws. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act is currently in effect and below you will find certain information that is important for all New Jersey employers to understand.
Who Does it Affect?
The Act applies to New Jersey employers of all sizes, including businesses that are based elsewhere but have employees located in New Jersey. While several New Jersey municipalities already had paid sick leave ordinances, this new state law preempts them, meaning they no longer apply and employers throughout the state are now subject to one consistent set of requirements.
The Act does not apply to a few narrow categories of employees: (1) construction industry employees working under collective bargaining agreements; (2) per diem health care employees; or (3) public employees who are already provided with sick leave with full pay pursuant to any other state law, rule, or regulation.
Mason, Griffin & Pierson is pleased to sponsor Montgomery Township Education Foundation. The Foundation's fundraiser takes place on the evening of February 23 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization set up to support strategic programs for the benefit of the Montgomery Township public school children.
For more information go to one.bidpal.net/mtefcomedynight