Eric S. Weiss, who has now retired, joined TKWLG as a partner in 2001 and practices exclusively in the field of tax certiorari law.
Mr. Weiss is a former President of the New York City Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association and was a director on its board. He participated extensively on the subcommittee that is a liaison to the City’s Department of Finance, meeting with officials to ensure various forms, bills and filing requirements are consumer friendly for NYC real estate taxpayers. Through his positions in various bar associations Mr. Weiss has also been very active in Albany lobbying on an ongoing basis to protect New York City property owner and taxpayer rights.
Mr. Weiss regularly attended meetings with city and state officials to review and streamline policies and procedures that affect property taxpayers. Mr. Weiss participated as a moderator and speaker for programs on real estate tax procedures and issues for the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, the Action Committee for Reasonable Real Estate Taxes, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the National Realty Club, among others. He is often quoted as an authority on New York City real estate taxes in various NYC real estate publications.
Mr. Weiss began his tax certiorari career at Schwartz & Weiss, P.C., first as a law clerk during law school before becoming an associate with the firm. During his tenure at Schwartz & Weiss, Mr. Weiss computerized the firm and developed practice specific programs.
He has been a member of the Real Estate Board of New York, Tax Policy Committee, and was previously a member of the New York State Bar Association Real Estate Section Committee on Condemnation, Certiorari & Real Estate Taxation. Mr. Weiss also spent twelve years as a sole practitioner continuing to work on behalf of clients. While solo, he was asked to participate in the Commissioner of Finance’s Real Property Reform Advisory Group.
His firm was one of four law firms asked to participate in a ground breaking pilot program run by the NYC Tax Commission to file tax certiorari documents electronically. This program was so successful, it continues to this day with over 95 percent participation by the bar. These programs relieve agencies like the Tax Commission from hand sorting as many as 60,000 individual applications each year, relieving the city budget from overtime and providing agency officials more quality time to concentrate on the merits of each matter.
His work on electronic filing for the Tax Commission led to his participation in a Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association subcommittee that piloted an on-line electronic petition filing program with the city’s court clerks. The program eliminated nearly 90 percent of the 30,000 petitions that were previously manually filed each year during the month of October, completely taking over their offices and time.
Mr. Weiss has also been Chairman of the Condemnation and Tax Certiorari Committee of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York. As a Subcommittee Chairperson, he worked on the unique Co-op and Condominium Abatement Legislation passed in 1997 and continues to this day to provide resident co-op and condo owners some tax relief to bring them into parity with single family homeowners.
Mr. Weiss was the Bar committee’s liaison to Metes & Bounds, a Bar Association real estate publication. Mr. Weiss was a member and Chairman of the Board of Assessment Review, in the town of Scarsdale, putting him on the opposite side of the table while ruling on local taxpayer claims of over assessment.
- New York, 1982
- J.D., Law Review, magna cum laude, New York Law School, 1982
- B.A., Trinity College, 1972
- “The Protest Game, Challenging your buildings tax assessment may not be easy,” Habitat Magazine. November 2005
- “Tax Challenge, Protesting your annual assessments may make you feel like David taking on Goliath, but sometimes you can fight the city – and win,” Habitat Magazine. January 2009
- “Fighting for Air: A Success Story, When challenging a tax assessment, you need three things: facts, facts, and facts,” Habitat Magazine. January 2009
- “Property Taxes Up Close,” Habitat Magazine. March 2011
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Real Estate Tax Review Bar Association
- Real Estate Board of New York, Tax Policy Committee
- New York State Bar Association Real Estate Section Committee on Condemnation, Certiorari & Real Estate Taxation
- “Tax Assessments, When is comparable incomparable?” Habitat Magazine. January 2012