New Paltz law firm buying city building
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.
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.