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NY State Police deploy first unmanned aerial drones

By GREGORY ZELLER // Look out above: The first-ever New York State Police aerial drones are online and on the job. Albany announced Wednesday the official launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, with remote rangers swooping into action above numerous Western, Central, Southern and Capital Region counties. Four drones are scheduled to take flight this month – one each for State Police Troops A, D, F and G – with 14…

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Harris Beach bulks up real estate practice

Harris Beach plans to add five attorneys to its new Suffolk County office, created this month via a merger with Melville firm Brown & Altman. The merger, completed last week, “positions us well to be at the forefront of new development in Suffolk County,” noted Thomas Garry, managing partner of Harris Beach’s Uniondale office, and the firm plans to press the advantage by beefing up staff by month’s end. The merger bolsters Harris Beach’s expertise…


Legal site for millennials powers up

LawNearMe.com, a website that helps mobile users quickly find local attorneys when necessary, is finding its deeper side. The millennial-focused startup, launched last year by Jericho native Samuel Shusterhoff, a graduate of Pennsylvania’s Widener School of Law, has unveiled a significantly beefed-up platform that includes what Shusterhoff calls “the most innovative technology in the industry.” For users, the basics are still there. Free access to a listing of local attorneys is still LawNearMe.com’s biggest sell…


Siegelman, Baronci joining RMF

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek has added veteran attorneys Jerry Siegelman and Anthony Baronci to its real estate practice, which is being reorganized and expanded under co-chairs Eric Rubenstein and Benjamin Weinstock. “Jerry and Anthony have worked together for the last several years, and we are excited to add these two seasoned attorneys whose talents and strengths complement each other and greatly enhances our ability to maximize the value of  our clients’ real estate investments,” Rubenstein said as part…


Creighton replacing Strain at Farrell Fritz

Robert Creighton has been elected managing partner of Farrell Fritz, replacing the long-serving Charles Strain, who will continue as a partner and member of the firm’s management committee. Creighton is scheduled to take over Jan. 1. The changing of the guard has made for a “challenging and nice time” at the Uniondale-based firm, according to Creighton, who joined Farrell Fritz in 1998 after serving as partner at neighboring firm Rivkin Radler. Strain, whose 15-year managing…


Nixon Peabody named top health law firm

Nixon Peabody has been named the nation’s No. 1 law firm in health care law by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, the legal profession’s top journal of peer review. The firm’s national health care practice is led by partner Michele Masucci, who works out of Nixon Peabody’s Jericho and Manhattan offices The honor — one of the publications’ Best Law Firm designations in 74 specialty areas — is based on a ranking…


SilvermanAcampora launches compliance group

By GREGORY ZELLER // By popular demand, business law firm SilvermanAcampora has launched a new practice group to help clients navigate the choppy waters of government compliance. The Jericho firm’s new Government Contracts & Compliance Group will help businesses – particularly those in the aerospace and defense markets – realize the lucrative potential of supplying goods and services to local, federal, state and even foreign governments, while meeting their often-tricky requirements. The new group is…