New Paltz law firm buy­ing city build­ing

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Paul Kirby pkirby@free­manon­line.com paulat­free­man on Twit­ter

KINGSTON >> A New Paltz law firm that spe­cial­izes in worker wage dis­putes plans to buy an early 20th-cen­tury build­ing in Up­town Kingston and move its of­fices and staff there.

Michael Sweeney, a part­ner in the firm Ger­man & Sweeney, said the firm will move to 260 Fair St. from two build­ings it cur­rently oc­cu­pies on Paradies Lane in New Paltz.

The firm em­ploys 16 peo­ple and rep­re­sents clients in fed­eral courts through­out the United States, Sweeney said. He said the firm has helped work­ers col­lect more than $50 mil­lion in back wages dur­ing the past 10 years.

The Fair Street build­ing, be­tween John and Main streets, is two sto­ries high and has 6,500 square feet of space. The two New Paltz build­ings have a to­tal of 4,000 square feet.

Sweeny de­clined to say what the firm is pay­ing for the Kingston build­ing, which is owned by Nora Strano and Richard Mor­ris. The deal has not yet closed, he said.

The build­ing has an as­sessed value of at $430,000, ac­cord­ing to City As­ses­sor Daniel Baker.

The build­ing cur­rently has two first-floor tenants: The Pang­burn Group and Michael Shaman­sky Book­seller Inc.

Ger­man & Sweeney em­ploys six lawyers, two an­a­lytic pro­fes­sion­als and eight par­ale­gals, Sweeney said. One of the at­tor­neys is Matthew Dunn, a for­mer First Ward al­der­man in Kingston.

Sweeney, who lives in Rifton, said his firm has been look­ing for a new home for some time and that the Kingston build­ing “re­ally was the first thing that kind of fit for us.”

“Ger­man & Sweeney’s staff is a di­verse group of highly ed­u­cated young pro­fes­sion­als who will look at Kingston as a place to live and raise their fam­i­lies,” Sweeney wrote to city of­fi­cials.

The law firm’s plan is ex­pected to be re­viewed by the Kingston Plan­ning Board when it meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in City Hall.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREEMAN

At­tor­ney Mike Sweeney, right, is mov­ing the of­fice of his law firm, Ger­man and Sweeney, from New Paltz to 260 Fair St. in Up­town Kingston. For­mer Kingston Al­der­man Matt Dunn, left, is an at­tor­ney with the firm.

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