THE LATEST NEWS - Q1 2021
Please see this statement from Chief Judge DiFiore on the Passing of Court of Appeals Associate Judge Paul G. Feinman.
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John “Jack” Kibbe, who died peacefully in Yorktown on Sunday, March 21, 2021. He was 96 and lived a full and well-rounded life in his beloved Yorktown community.
He was born on June 6, 1924 in Waterloo, Iowa to Kyle and Elizabeth Marie Kibbe. His family soon moved east, and Jack grew up in Southwick, Massachusetts.
After attending high school, he enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines as the United States entered World War II. He served aboard convoy ships transporting wartime supplies to Europe across the North Atlantic. He married his childhood sweetheart Pat Hosley in 1944. They would remain married for 70 years until Pat’s death in 2014. When the war ended, he and Pat settled in New York City and Jack went to law school while Pat started her acting career. When he graduated, he started his own law practice, working from a small office under an elevated subway line on the East Side of Manhattan.
Jack and Pat moved to Yorktown in 1955 and set to work fixing up a long-unoccupied house on Crompond Road (now Route 202). In the 1960s, Jack successfully ran for Supervisor of Yorktown and served two terms. During the first campaign he promised that if he were elected, he would give up his law practice in New York City and he eventually founded a local firm (now known as Kibbe & Iasiello) and practiced in the Yorktown community for 50 years.
He also served as Chairman of the Yorktown Board of Ethics and as a Trustee of Westchester Community College. He was immensely proud to have served multiple generations of Yorktown families as a counselor, trusted advisor, and friend. Jack was known for his judgement, fairness, and intelligence; he had a keen sense of humor and wide-ranging knowledge of history, politics, and current events.
He was a supportive partner for Pat, who had a long career in theater, radio, and television, and who ultimately devoted her talents to writing books for young adults and founding Kids to Kids, a humanitarian organization committed to providing educational materials to children in refugee camps worldwide.
The couple raised 5 children, all of whom attended school in Yorktown. Jack was an avid fan of Yorktown football and lacrosse games; he loved the outdoors, he loved dogs, and was committed to environmental causes as well as social justice.
He is survived by five children (Jon, Kyle, Ethan, Allison, and Justine), six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.
It is with a heavy heart that the WCBA shares with all its members that Melanie Grossman Worby, wife of WCBA member David Worby, passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was loved and adored by her family and countless colleagues and friends who cherished her throughout the years. All will miss her warmth, kindness, and sparkling 1000-watt smile.
Melanie was born on May 20, 1962 to Harold and the late Rochelle Grossman, the oldest of three daughters. After spending her first few years in Brooklyn and Maryland, she grew up in Great Neck, NY. She earned her AB from Princeton University and her MD from New York University. She completed her residency in Dermatology at Columbia University and a fellowship in laser dermatology at Harvard. Melanie was a co-inventor and patent-holder of laser hair removal and was renowned globally as a pioneer of laser science. In 2017, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery granted her the Ellet Drake award for her outstanding contributions in the use of lasers and laser medicine. She opened her private practice in 2001 and used her skills to help people feel their best.
Despite all these accomplishments, it was Melanie's heart of gold that made her most special. Always understanding and supportive, Melanie took the time to get to know her patients, colleagues and friends and was loved by all. She was an amazing daughter, sister and wife.
In addition to her father, Melanie is survived by her husband David Worby, stepmother Donna Hirsch Grossman, loving sisters Gayle Grossman-Alweiss (Gary) and Elyn Grossman Levine (Adam), stepbrother Andrew Hirsch (Stefanie), stepchildren Jess (Merrill), Rebecca and Samuel Worby, adoring nephews Ryan and Max Alweiss, Jake Levine, nieces Sydney and Reece Levine, and Jordana and Skylar Hirsch.
Please click HERE for the memorial page.
It is with a heavy heart that the WCBA shares with all its members that Joel H. Sachs, esteemed Partner and Senior Counsel of Keane & Beane, P.C., and friend, died on January 24, 2021. A consummate professional, Joel served his clients with vigor and flair. He was wise, witty, and gregarious - traits that endeared him to colleagues and adversaries alike.
Joel joined Keane & Beane, P.C. in 1993. He established the firm’s environmental practice and greatly enhanced its representation of municipal and land use clients. Joel was a recognized authority in the fields of environmental, real property, land use and municipal law. He served in multiple leadership capacities with the New York State Bar Association, including as Chair of the Real Property Section and Chair of the Environmental & Energy Section. He also served as the President of the White Plains Bar Association. He was a frequent lecturer at programs sponsored by bar and professional organizations and enjoyed sharing his rich knowledge with others.
Joel actively mentored young lawyers and law students in both our office and the classroom. He served as an Adjunct Professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University for more than forty years teaching environmental and municipal law. Joel inspired many students, including several Keane & Beane, P.C. attorneys, to pursue a career in these legal fields.
Joel was on the forefront of environmental law in New York State. He was first Deputy Chief upon the formation of the Environmental Protection Bureau at the New York State Attorney General’s Office. He often joked about being a charter member of the “Green Mafia” – a collection of early environmental practitioners in what was then an emerging legal field. Joel’s commitment to the Hudson Valley community he loved was evident in his long-standing representation of municipalities throughout the region. He served as the Town Attorney of the Town of Greenburgh before entering private practice. Thereafter, he was engaged as counsel by multiple municipalities within New York State, including serving as Town Attorney of the Town of Bedford. Joel was repeatedly called upon to guide local governments through complex zoning initiatives,
environmental disputes, land development applications and eminent domain issues. He also lent his talents in these areas to private sector clients.
Joel was a graduate of Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania Law School and received an LLM from New York University. He took pride in having served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles H. Tenney of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Joel’s two beloved daughters, Lori and Beth, followed in his footsteps to Cornell and into the practice of law. Joel is survived by his loving wife, Roslyn, his daughters Beth and Lori, his grandchildren David, Sarah and Talia Zoller and Maxwell and Lily Harrison, as well as his sons-in law, Ron Zoller and Alexander Harrison. Joel will be greatly missed by his Keane & Beane “family” and the legal community at large.
Details concerning arrangements and remembrance are forthcoming and will be provided on Keane & Beane's webpage.
It is with a heavy heart that the WCBA shares with all its members that Ira S. Clair, age 67, an accomplished judge and attorney, died peacefully at his home in Pound Ridge, NY, surrounded by his loving family on January 12, 2021.
Ira was born on February 27, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Harriet and Herbert Clair. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and Case Western Reserve Law School.
Ira was a founding partner at Clair and Gjertsen, Esqs, where he practiced law for over 40 years. He was an attorney of record in scores of reported cases concerning mortgage foreclosure and landlord tenant law. Ira served as the Chairman of the Westchester Bar Corporations Committee and was Vice President of the Magistrates Committee. In addition, he presided as a Small Claims Assessment Review Hearing Officer, Court appointed Referee and Guardian Ad Litem. He was especially proud to serve as Town Justice of Pound Ridge from 2013 to present. He was also a board member of the Pound Ridge Historical Society. His legacy will live on through Clair Gjertsen & Weathers, PLLC.
Ira was an avid lover of nature, hockey, American history, fly-fishing, and weimaraners. On Thursday nights, he could be found on the small ice at Rye Playland playing what became known as "Ira hockey".
He is survived by his wife, Rita, his two daughters Lisa and Sara, his son-in-law David Commander, his sister, Lauren and his weimaraners - Lilly and Grayson. He is predeceased by his son, John.
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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Elaine Horowitz, mother of longtime WCBA member Nathan Horowitz, on January 16, 2021. Funeral services have been held privately but Nathan is sitting Shiva at home. No visitors due to COVID but phone calls are welcome at (845) 216-3806.