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SNOW ON SUNDAY, ICE ON WEDNESDAY
Q: On the weekend, there had been a blizzard. On Wednesday, right before
midnight, there was 6 to 12 inches of snow on the sidewalk, and there was ice on the
paved roadway into the outdoor municipal parking lot. I slipped and fell on that ice.
A: Presumably, the municipality had enacted a ‘prior written notice’ statute. If
so, the municipality may not be subjected to liability for injuries caused by a dangerous
condition that comes within the ambit of that statute – unless (a) prior written notice of
the defect or dangerous condition has been given to someone specified in the statute,
like the Town Clerk or Town Superintendent of Highways, or (b) an exception to the
‘prior written notice’ requirement applies.
Two exceptions to the ‘prior written notice’ requirement have been
recognized: (1) where the locality created the defect or hazard through an affirmative
act of negligence and (2) where a special use confers a special benefit upon the locality.
A classic example of the first exception is where the defendant affirmatively created the
dangerous ice condition through its snow removal operations. Step one, as part of its
snow removal efforts, the town piled snow. Step two, the snow pile melted. Step three,
the pile refroze to create the ice on which you slipped and fell. If so, the town’s merely
piling the snow constituted an affirmative act excepting the ice from the ‘prior written
Let us suppose (a) that the town lacked prior written notice of the ice
condition, and (b) that the town last performed its snow removal operations on Sunday.
Your attorney will seek evidence about both the town’s general snow removal
operations and what the area looked like immediately after the town completed
Sunday’s snow removal operations. He or she will also be keen to know what the
temperature was from then until the time of the accident.
O’Connor & Tate brings winning back to Queens
From left to right: The team at O’Connor & Tate, Alex Jordaan,
developer; Sonia Mylonas, CEO/Owner; Eleni Louca, designer;
Loulou Chryssides, content writer.
Not pictured: Ilias Benetos, developer. Image credit: Alex Jordaan.
O’Connor & Tate, Astoria’s leading branding & design
agency, marks their 5th consecutive year of victory at the
Horizon Interactive Awards.
The agency competed against 800 entries from 20+
countries, and managed to prove once more that they are
the ones to beat. The victory comes as no surprise to the
team, who consistently deliver stellar branding campaigns
for every type of unique business. Says CEO/Owner of
O’Connor & Tate Sonia Mylonas: “We are honored of our
clients and team who together achieve a experience
standard that earns recognition year after year. Congratulations
to The Penta Group and Signature Demolition, with the
right collaboration, teamwork and vision great achievements
and made possible.”
The silver distinction was awarded to O’Connor & Tate’s
team for their innovative branding campaign for The Penta
Group, the premier company for construction & restoration
in New York City.
From left to right: Sonia Mylonas, CEO O'Connor and Tate;
George X Raptis, Principal/Director of Operations;
Nick Filla, Founder and Christopher Fillas, CEO of The Penta Group.
Image credit: Kamrun Naha
“As The Penta Group continues to grow, branding is a
necessary and instrumental part of our evolvement in the
industry. Our brand is at the forefront of our business.
Constructing not only buildings, but our client relationships,
is something we as a business pride ourselves on; therefore,
our Horizon International Award win alongside industry
innovators O'Connor and Tate reinforces the level of achievement
we strive for on a daily basis" said President and CEO of
the Penta Group, Chris Fillas.
Of course, one win was not enough for the O&T team, as
they also dominated in the email marketing category, receiving
a third-place win as recognition for their superb work on
industry leaders’ Signature Demolition’s email marketing
O’Connor & Tate CEO/Owner Sonia Mylonas & Joe Pirreca,
President of Signature Demolition. Image credit: Maria Scimone.
“Signature Demolition is proud to accept this award in
partnership with O'Connor and Tate for our accomplishments
in email marketing, in the construction industry. I believe that
email marketing serves as a two-way communication
channel with our customers. Our values are reflected with
innovation, marketing and branding, this keeps us aligned
with our customers and true to our overall vision "said Joe
Pirreca, President of Signature Demolition.
The Horizon Interactive Awards only highlight the best
in interactive media on an international scale. In 2018, the
competition honored outstanding work in categories such
as advertising, website, print, videos, mobile applications,
O'Connor and Tate has been the staple of the community
for close to a decade in Queens. They pride themselves
on customer relationships and community, while building
not only their own brand but the brand of each of their
clients as well.