Smith and Clark v Town of Centervillle, et al.; Sup Ct, Allegany County, Index No. 42105

In a case involving two towns in adjoining counties and three private parties, the firm protected the property interests of a client living at the end of a public highway by “use” in rural Allegany County. A court decision had erroneously extended the “public” portion of the road to include the client’s property. The firm successfully reopened the Court proceedings, then negotiated with the Towns and the private parties to limit the portion of the road open to public use, persuaded one of the Towns to formally “abandon” the road beyond that point and to limit road expansion and maintenance activities in the future and secured easement agreements for a snow plow and school bus “turnaround” area.