“Can we put a limit on the complaints coming from one of our homeowners?”

 The answer to this and much much more from CAI-WNY’s Rochester Panel on Legal & Insurance Issues. It was a warm beautiful Thursday night when CAI-WNY met at the Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford this past June. After the 90-plus attendees enjoyed a picnic barbecue buffet (the smell of pulled pork and barbecue ribs: oh MY, everyone’s taste buds were prepped!), our panel settled in to answer insurance and legal questions related to HOAs and condominium associations. Dick Aikens, CMCA, AMS of Kenrick Corporation fielded questions as the evening’s moderator. Panelists included Gary Albanese and Bonnie Gionta, both from Key Insurance & Benefits Services; Ronald S. Shubert, Esq., partner with Phillips Lytle, LLP; William N. LaForte, Esq., partner with Trevitt Cristo P.C.; and Christopher T. […]

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President’s Message: Changes for CAI-WNY

– Jean Kough, CMCA, AMS   I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Katharine Smith as our chapter executive director “in training.” She will assume the role currently held by Frank Lysiak (link to article). Change is inevitable – we all know this – within our organizations, our communities, our businesses, and our personal lives. So change comes as well to our chapter: Frank has decided to focus on his retirement. Also within our chapter board of directors, we will be experiencing changes. Several board members, myself included, have reached the maximum number of years we can serve. So 2018 also will bring three new board members to help move our chapter forward. Although some people may view these changes as unnecessary, it […]

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CED Message: Lazy hazy crazy days of summer!

– from the desk of Frank Lysiak Hello to those lazy hazy crazy days summertime! We all look forward with such anticipation to this great time of year: barbecues, baseball, and opportunities to socialize with our neighbors in our communities. In late June, CAI-WNY had the pleasure of hosting a barbecue and business meeting at the Monroe Golf Club that was attended by almost 100 participants from the Rochester area. Our program chair, Dick Aikens, did another great job in bringing together industry professionals from the insurance and legal areas to answer homeowner questions regarding issues in our condominium and homeowner association communities. We’re looking forward to the upcoming programs and trade show events in October in both Buffalo and Rochester. On a personal level, […]

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Legal Corner: Speakerphone and Skype policies for boards

by Ronald S. Shubert, Esq.   Q: A number of presidents of community association boards have asked about the legality of the use of speakerphones or skyping of board members at meetings. A number of boards have members out of town at various times. May boards adopt a policy allowing for the participation of absent board members by speakerphones or skyping? A: Yes. First, it is important to thoroughly review your association by-laws to determine whether or not there is a prohibition against the use of speakerphones or skyping. Typically, in by-laws that I have drafted in reference to participation by speakerphone or skyping, I have provided language that allows for members of the board to participate in a meeting by means of a conference […]

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