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Judge Sets Deadline for School Districts to Provide Plan for In-person Instruction Five Days a Week. State Told to Provide Social Distancing Guidance.

Attorneys Paul Cambria and Todd Aldinger recently appeared in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of parents from the Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts. The school districts, school boards, the governor, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Education were all named as defendants in the lawsuit. Parents involved in the lawsuits want the school districts to offer five days of in school learning per week for those who desire that their students receive such in-person education.

As reported by the Buffalo News, the judge in this matter ordered Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts to present plans for five days of instruction by April 13th and stated that New York State must then approve or reject the plans by April 20th. The judge also stated that he wants a decision from New York State by April 20th on what type of social distancing is recommended, 3 feet or 6 feet.
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Lawsuits Filed Against Local School Districts to Allow In-person Learning Five Days a Week

Attorneys Paul Cambria and Todd Aldinger have filed lawsuits on behalf of parents in the Williamsville and Orchard Park school districts. Parents involved in the lawsuits want the school districts to offer five days of in school learning per week for those who desire that their students receive such in-person education.

WBEN recently interview Todd Aldinger to discuss certain aspects of the lawsuits. In the interview, WBEN’s Susan Rose and Mr. Aldinger discuss who the lawsuits have been filed against, the current status of the suits, some of the arguments being made in the lawsuits, and Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria’s past success in legal challenges made against New York State’s COVID-related restrictions.

Continue reading this post for portions of Todd Aldinger’s comments and click the audio player at the end of this post to listen to Susan Rose’s full interview with Mr. Aldinger that aired on WBEN.
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Court Victory Obtained for Over 90 Bars and Restaurants in Legal Battle Over New York State Curfew

Several media outlets have reported on the recent court victory Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria obtained on behalf of its clients in a case against New York State regarding an 11:00 PM curfew imposed on bars and restaurants.

On Saturday, February 27th, a State Supreme Court Justice ruled in favor of more than 90 bars and restaurants from Western New York that pursued legal action to lift a curfew that was imposed on their business. Paul J. Cambria, Jr. and Todd J. Aldinger of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria served as co-counsel, representing the bars and restaurants in this case along with attorneys from HoganWillig.

In November 2020, a curfew was enacted on bars and restaurants in New York State through an executive order by Governor Andrew Cuomo. On February 27, 2021, Judge Timothy Walker issued a preliminary injunction, which removed the curfew for bars and restaurants involved in this case. These bars and restaurants can now resume the business operations they had in place prior to the state’s executive order.
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