International Day of Peace, Specials Thanks to Bronx Pioneers of Peace

Today on International Day of Peace we’d like to recognize our Bronx heroes, whose work has brought peace and hope to our community.

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a leading provider of after school and summer programs for youth in New York City. During the 2015-2016 year, the Madison Square club welcomed 5,000 youth ages 6 to 18 as members, with an average daily attendance of 954 youth.

Elizabeth Ortiz, Director of the Arts at Madison Square Boys & Girls Club’s Columbus Clubhouse in the Bronx, a former Boys & Girls Club member who has devoted her career to empowering and mentoring local youth.

Karen Washington of Rise and Root Farm, a New Yorker who has spent decades promoting urban farming as a way for all New Yorkers to access fresh, locally grown food.

Daniel Hauben, an artist born and raised in the Bronx whose work captures the beauty of the urban landscape.

Universal Hip Hop Museum, an institution honoring Hip Hop music, a medium that since its inception has addressed “social issues of rebellion, racism, urban strife, social injustice and economic inequality of urban communities.”-UHHM

Thank you to all of those mentioned above, and to others throughout the Bronx Community and New York who are dedicated to promoting and cultivating peace around the world.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP