Legal News You Can Use: Check Out Ziff Law’s New Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Adam Gee, Christina Sonsire, Jim Reed, and Mike Brown.

 

The Ziff Law Firm debuts its new – and redesigned – free newsletter this week as the Summer 2018 issue arrives in mailboxes and inboxes around the Twin Tiers. It is filled with legal news that you can use – and much more.

Our cover story explains how our popular Veteran of the Game program came home to Elmira this summer.

Then we get to the legal news:

Our lawyers write about some of the key issues they encounter in their practices as they tackle these questions:

  • Do bicyclists in New York State have to operate by the same laws as vehicles? Ziff Law managing partner and noted bicycle law expert Jim Reed educates readers.
  • Is motorcycle insurance the same as car insurance? Partner Adam Gee, a longtime motorcyclist and motorcycle law expert, has some surprising answers.
  • Why does Ziff Law partner Christina Sonsire teach for a statewide legal education organization?
  • How does Ziff Law attorney Mike Brown’s family play a role in his legal practice?

And just for fun, we profile a downtown Elmira shop, a hidden gem that is in the “upcycling” business, in our Business Spotlight.

The owner of Nutmeg Upcycling, longtime downtown business owner Rich LaVere, talked to us about his growing business and why he keeps returning downtown.

We published a short interview in the print newsletter and there is a bonus longer interview with Rich here, where he talks about the challenges facing downtown and how the city can start turning things around. He’s an optimist!

At Ziff Law, we are committed to being environmentally responsible, so if you’d like to receive our free newsletter by email, send an email to us today at [email protected] and we will send you a PDF right away – and as a bonus, add your name for an upcoming drawing for a $50 gift card to Lib’s Supper Club in Elmira.

If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail, call (607-733-8866) or email ([email protected]) us with your name and address and we’ll send it right out.

Happy reading!

Jim

James Reed
Managing Partner
Best Lawyers’ “2015 & 2017 Lawyer of the Year”
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

Ziff Law Has Free Tickets For Veterans For Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team’s Game In July At Dunn Field

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team last played at Dunn Field in July 2016.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team last played at Dunn Field in July 2016.

Elmira’s Dunn Field will welcome back military heroes on July 20 and 21.

Players on the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will visit the Twin Tiers to meet with their fellow veterans and attend an Elmira Pioneers game on July 20, and then play a charity softball game against the Pioneers on July 21.

downloadThe Ziff Law Firm, a proud sponsor of the charity game, has free tickets for Twin Tiers veterans, who can stop at the law firm, at 303 William St. in downtown Elmira, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to pick up tickets and enter a drawing for one of two $50 Visa gift cards.

The drawing for the two $50 Visa gift cards will be at 10 a.m. on July 20 and the winners will be announced on the Ziff Law Facebook page that day.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, comprised of veterans who have had amputations, will arrive in the area on July 20 and meet with veterans at the Bath VA Medical Center before being introduced that evening during the Pioneers’ game against the Geneva Red Wings at 7:05 p.m.

Pioneers logoThe Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will be our Ziff Law Firm Veterans of the Game that night. The team last visited Dunn Field in 2016.

The Ziff Law Firm has a long history of putting our veterans and active-duty military personnel in the spotlight in our community as sponsors of the Veteran of the Game program, and we hope our veterans and their families take this opportunity to show their support for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team.

“I attended the team’s game at Dunn Field and it was deeply moving,” said Veteran of the Game program coordinator Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm. “The players are courageous and great ambassadors for the strength and grace of American veterans. It was an honor to meet many of them.”

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team is to inspire and educate people while enhancing the health of the players. To learn more about the team, and how to donate to its mission, go to http://woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.

The Ziff Law Firm is also honoring veterans and active-duty military personnel home on leave this summer during all of the Elmira Pioneers home games as part of the law firm’s popular Veteran of the Game program. The honored veterans and their families and friends are seated in a box seat along the first baseline, courtesy of eight free tickets from the Ziff Law Firm. At some point during the game, the public-address announcer introduces the honored veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, then fans cheer for the veteran, who waves to the crowd from the box seats.

The program also salutes veterans in the fall and winter months at Binghamton Devils hockey games at the Broome County Arena. The program started with the Elmira Jackals at First Arena and continued for eight seasons before the team was disbanded at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

If you have any questions about the charity game or the tickets, or wish to nominate a veteran or active-duty service member for the Veteran of the Game program, email Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or call her at 607-733-8866.

Thanks for reading,

Jim Reed

Best Lawyers’ “2015 & 2017 Lawyer of the Year”
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 


Good News For Twin Tiers Military Veterans: Ziff Law Veteran Of The Game Program Returns To Elmira This Summer

Courtesy of Elmira Pioneers.

Courtesy of Elmira Pioneers.

Military veterans in the Elmira-Corning area were sad to see the Ziff Law Firm’s Veteran of the Game program move to Broome County last fall for the Broome County Arena and Binghamton Devils home games. But today we have good news for our Twin Tiers veterans — the program is expanding and coming back to Elmira this summer.

We are the proud sponsors of the program, which had previously saluted more than 200 veterans and active-duty personnel during eight seasons with the Elmira Jackals at First Arena in downtown Elmira. The program was forced to leave Elmira after the Jackals disbanded following the end of the 2016-17 hockey season at First Arena.

Now after a successful first hockey season with the Devils, we’re excited to be back home.

The Ziff Law Firm and Elmira Pioneers will honor veterans at Dunn Field in Elmira this summer during Pioneers home games, and continue to salute veterans in the fall and winter months during Devils home games. The Veteran of the Game program replaces the Ziff Law Firm’s Hometown Heroes program at Dunn Field, which saluted community volunteers and heroes during five Pioneers seasons.

To nominate a veteran today, see the end of this blog post.

We are very excited to find a summer home for the Veteran of the Game program. It was very popular at First Arena, so we have been looking for ways to expand the program and bring it back to Elmira. The Pioneers provided us with the perfect opportunity.

The Veteran of the Game program grew in popularity during its first season at the Broome County Arena, said Ziff Law attorney Michael Brown, who lives in Vestal and was new this past season to the program.

“When the fans give the veterans a standing ovation, it’s an unforgettable moment for the veterans and their families,” he said. “It’s apparent the fans and people of Broome County appreciate the sacrifices our veterans have made, and have welcomed the program.”

The Pioneers play in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. The regular season begins June 1 and concludes July 31. Opening night at Dunn Field is June 1, with the Pioneers hosting the Newark Pilots, starting at 7:05 p.m.

To see the Pioneers’ schedule and select a home game for a nomination, click here.

Cover shot option 2Robbie Nichols, the owner of the Pioneers, said he has admired the Veteran of the Game program since his years as general manager of First Arena.

“I have seen how special this is for veterans and their families,” Robbie said. “I appreciate what the Ziff Law Firm has accomplished by honoring our veterans through this great program, and I am honored that the Pioneers will be part of the tradition starting this summer.”

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the program.

During the Pioneers game, the public-address announcer will introduce the veteran and read a short biography of their military service. The veteran will be seated in a box seat along the first baseline with seven friends or family members, courtesy of free tickets from the Ziff Law Firm.

When the salute is announced, the veteran can stand or remain seated, and at the end of the announcement, Pioneers fans will probably do what Jackals fans always did — let out a big cheer!

“I am honored to once again have the opportunity to honor our veterans,” said program coordinator Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm. “I look forward to seeing some of our past-recognized veterans as well as meeting new veterans.

“The military people who are honored and their families and friends say it is an evening they will remember forever, and we hope to create many more memories this summer at Dunn Field,” she said.

How to nominate a veteran

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by using one of the following ways to contact the Ziff Law Firm:

Email: [email protected].

Call: 1-800-943-3529 or 607-733-8866.

Mail:

Ziff Law Firm
303 William St.
P.O. Box 1338
Elmira, NY 14902-1338

For more information: contact program coordinator Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866.

We hope you will nominate a veteran you know today.

Thanks for reading,

Jim

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James B. Reed
Best Lawyers’ “2015 & 2017 Lawyer of the Year”
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

Veteran Of The Game Program Skates To New Home In Broome County

Army veteran Scott Swanson was among the more than 200 veterans honored at First Arena in Elmira during eight seasons of Elmira Jackals games.

Army veteran Scott Swanson was among the more than 200 veterans honored at First Arena in Elmira during eight seasons of Elmira Jackals games.

The Ziff Law Firm’s popular Veteran of the Game program has been promoted to the AHL’s Binghamton Devils after eight seasons with the ECHL.

The Elmira law firm saluted more than 200 veterans at First Arena in Elmira in the past eight seasons during Elmira Jackals ECHL games. The team was disbanded at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Binghamton-Devils-Logo“The Ziff Law Firm is thrilled that we are able to open the program to more veterans this season in the Broome County area, and we hope people in the Elmira-Corning area will continue to nominate veterans from our area to be honored at the Broome County Arena,” said Ziff Law Managing Partner Jim Reed. “We have not forgotten our roots in our hometown and we want to see our friends and neighbors at Devils games this season.”

Ziff Law Attorney Michael Brown, a Devils fan who lives in Vestal, is happy the program can continue at his home ice at the Broome County Arena.

Michael Brown.

Michael Brown.

“I am excited to get the opportunity to meet more veterans and their families from cross the Twin Tiers,” Michael said. “The program is a small token of our law firm’s appreciation for the many sacrifices they have made for their country.”

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by using one of the following:

Website: www.ZiffLaw.com/veterans
Email: [email protected]
Call: 1-800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Mail: Ziff Law Firm, LLP
303 William St., P.O. Box 1338
Elmira, NY 14902-1338

The program, in which Twin Tiers veterans are saluted during professional hockey games, will start its ninth season on Oct. 7 at the Devils’ season-opener at the Broome County Arena, also known as the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, in Binghamton. One veteran will be honored at each of the Devils’ 38 regular-season home games.

Veterans from the Elmira-Corning area to the Binghamton area, and the nearby Northern Tier counties, can be nominated for the honor.

For more information, contact program coordinator Annette Viselli Thorne, a paralegal with the Ziff Law Firm, at [email protected] or 607-733-8866.

Those veterans who are selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Devils fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

A representative from the Ziff Law Firm is scheduled to greet the veterans and their families when they arrive at Broome County Arena and assist them in any way possible.

“The veterans who are honored say it is a night they will remember forever, and we hope to create more great memories this season for Twin Tiers veterans and their families,” Annette said.

Opening night for the Devils is Oct. 7 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Broome County Arena. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Please nominate one or more of our great Twin Tiers veterans today!

Thanks for reading!

Jim

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James B. Reed
Best Lawyers’ “2015 & 2017 Lawyer of the Year”
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

Ziff Law Firm To Hold Veteran Tribute Ceremony Friday Night At First Arena In Elmira

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The Ziff Law Firm will lead a Veterans Day salute for Twin Tiers military veterans on Friday during the Evansville Icemen-Elmira Jackals ECHL hockey game at First Arena.

Veterans are invited to participate and can receive free tickets for the 7 p.m. game by visiting the Ziff Law Firm at 303 William St. in Elmira during business hours this week.

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks

Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Francis Hendricks

The Veterans Tribute Ceremony will be held before the game and during the game’s two period breaks. Veterans and their families are encouraged to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony.

Speakers will include state Sen. Tom O’Mara and Mansfield University President Francis Hendricks, a retired Air Force brigadier general.

The Smithfield-Ridgebury-Ulster Choral Group, under the direction of Vina Miller, will sing “God Bless America.”

State Sen. Tom O'Mara

State Sen. Tom O’Mara

The Mansfield University Brass Band, under the direction of Nathan Rinnert, will perform “Military March.”

The Mansfield University Pep Band will perform the National Anthem.

A patriotic dance will be performed by the Mansfield University MU Dance Team, under the direction of Amy DeLozier.

The Chemung County Volunteer Honor Guard will also appear.

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Congressman Tom Reed of Corning

Congressman Tom Reed of Corning will make a special statement for veterans in a video presentation.

The Ziff Law Firm is also in its sixth season of honoring veterans during all Jackals home games, and is seeking nominations for this season.

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by going to www.zifflaw.com/veterans, or by contacting Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.

One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game. Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

More than 175 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last five seasons.

Thanks for reading,

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 

 


Nominate A Veteran: Ziff Law Firm Will Again Salute Military Veterans During Elmira Jackals Games

Scott Swanson was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

Scott Swanson of Elmira was a Veteran of the Game last season. The Army veteran served three tours of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, South Korea and Kosovo.

The Ziff Law Firm will soon begin its sixth season of honoring Twin Tiers military veterans during Elmira Jackals home games, and is seeking nominations for the 2014-2015 ECHL hockey season at First Arena in Elmira.

The Ziff Law Firm is very proud to sponsor this opportunity for veterans to be publicly thanked for their service. We can’t imagine more deserving recipients of our thanks.

Male and female veterans and active-duty personnel who are home on leave can be nominated for the Veteran of the Game program by clicking here, or by contacting Annette Viselli Thorne at [email protected] or 607-733-8866, ext. 218.

One veteran is honored at each regular-season home game.

See the Jackals’ schedule here.

Clyde Lahnum, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Clyde Lahnum of Horseheads, a Navy and Coast Guard veteran, was honored last season.

Those selected receive four free tickets to a game. During the game, the public-address announcer introduces the veteran and reads a short biography of their military service, and then Jackals fans salute the veteran with a big cheer.

“The veterans who are honored say it is a night they will remember forever, and we hope to create more great memories this season for Twin Tiers veterans and their families,” said Annette Viselli Thorne of the Ziff Law Firm.

Opening night for the Jackals is Oct. 17 against the Kalamazoo Wings at First Arena. The Jackals play 35 more regular-season home games before the season concludes in April.                     

More than 175 veterans have been honored by the Ziff Law Firm and Jackals fans in the last five seasons.

Thanks for reading,

Jim

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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com

 


Tears Of Joy! Ziff Law Reunites Military Couple During Jackals Game At First Arena In Elmira

Army Spc. Albert “Joey” Daghita and his wife Brittany will never forget Saturday night.

Joey, who just returned from his third tour of duty in Kuwait, surprised Brittany on the ice at First Arena during an Elmira Jackals game as part of the Ziff Law Firm’s very popular Veterans of the Game program.

About 3,000 hockey fans cheered for the happy couple and thousands more have seen the news reports about the touching moment when Brittany turns around to find Joey on the ice with her.

That moment gave me chills – no pun intended!

Joey and Brittany were married last May but have been apart since September, when Joey returned to Kuwait.

One of our outstanding paralegals, Annette Viselli Thorne, who makes sure an active-duty military member or veteran is saluted at every Jackals home game in the Veterans of the Game program, coordinated the top-secret reunion.

Here is how Annette and her friends at First Arena pulled off the surprise of a lifetime for Brittany:

Brittany was told that she would be recognized during Saturday’s Jackals game against the South Carolina Stingrays. She was brought out on the ice between the first and second periods, and as the public address announcer talked about her life as a military wife, Joey snuck up behind her in his camouflage uniform and surprised her.

The crowd of 3,000 fans, including about 25 of their relatives and friends, went wild.

Joey, 22, told the news media he was very nervous. “I didn’t know how she was going to react. My heart was beating a thousand beats a minute.”

“Mine was, too,” Brittany, 23, added.

Annette had a few tense moments earlier in the day when Joey was delayed getting home from Fort Rucker in Alabama.

Joey finally arrived at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport north of Ithaca early Saturday evening and had a state trooper deliver him to First Arena. The original plan, for Brittany to drop the opening puck and get surprised, was moved back one period.

But it all went off perfectly once Joey was in the arena.

The Ziff Law Firm wishes Brittany and Joey a lifetime of happiness together. They return together to Fort Rucker on March 15.

I want to thank Annette, who exemplifies the compassionate, hard-working, community-focused folks with whom I work on a daily basis!

Annette had a great time bringing the young couple together and had this to say today: “To be part of such a wonderful homecoming was one of the most heartwarming events I have ever participated in,” she said. “Our law firm is a business, but our caring for our community continues after 5 p.m. every day. And I am so thankful I get to be part of what we do!”

Our thanks to Annette and the people at the arena, who pulled off the surprise perfectly!

See some great local news reports here and here and here.

If you know an active-duty military member home on leave, or a veteran to be saluted during a Jackals game, send Annette an email at [email protected] or call her at 607-733-8866. To learn more about the program, click here.

Ziff Law's Annette Viselli Thorne, left, joins Army Spc. Albert "Joey" Daghita and his wife Brittany after the Veterans of the Game surprise Saturday at First Arena.

Ziff Law’s Annette Viselli Thorne, left, joins Army Spc. Albert “Joey” Daghita and his wife Brittany after the Veterans of the Game surprise Saturday at First Arena.

Thanks for reading!

Jim
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James B. Reed
NY & PA Injury & Malpractice Lawyer
Ziff Law Firm, LLP
Office: (607)733-8866
Toll-Free: 800-ZIFFLAW (943-3529)
Blogs: NYInjuryLawBlog.com and
            NYBikeAccidentBlog.com