Legal Analysis of Employer Mandates for Coronavirus Vaccinations

July 30, 2021  |  IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of Employer Mandates for Coronavirus Vaccinations

President Joe Biden recently announced new COVID-19 pandemic requirements for all federal workers.  In an effort to increase vaccination rates, federal workers will be required to attest that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus or comply with mandatory requirements involving masking, testing, and social distancing. WIVB News 4 recently aired a report on the new vaccine requirements for federal employees. As part of their ongoing coverage of the coronavirus and vaccine debate, WIVB anchor Jacquie Walker spoke with attorney Barry N. Covert. In their interview, Jacquie Walker asks Barry Covert to address the legality of a vaccine mandate for federal employees, the applicability of a vaccine mandate in the private sector, and the possibility of a federal vaccine mandate for all citizens of the United States. Continuing reading for portions of the Barry Covert’s comments and click the video below to watch the full conversation. Can the federal government require its employees to be...

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Media Reports on Vandalized Black Lives Matter Banner at East Aurora Church

April 20, 2021  |  IN THE NEWS  |  Share

Attorney Barry Covert provided comment to WGRZ 2 On Your Side for a story regarding a Black Lives Matter banner that was recently vandalized. The banner was displayed outside of the Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora. Mr. Covert represented the Unitarian Universalist Church in a previous First Amendment and Zoning Law dispute with the Village of East Aurora regarding the Black Lives Matter banner. That matter resulted in the Unitarian Universalist Church winning variances from the Village of East Aurora’s Zoning Board of Appeals, which allowed the church display the Black Lives Matter banner along with other existing signage the church had on display. Regarding the recent vandalism of the banner, Mr. Covert stated to WGRZ “To have a church have a simple sign that says Black Lives Matter, come and pray with us, and that is deemed to be offensive to anyone in the community, is surprising to me.” Click the video below for WGRZ’s full story, including comments from Barry Covert.

Legal Analysis of Potentially Criminal Allegations Made Against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

March 18, 2021  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of Potentially Criminal Allegations Made Against New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

News outlets across New York State have reported extensively on the allegations of sexual harassment made against Governor Andrew Cuomo. When a sixth accuser came forward with misconduct accusations against Governor Cuomo, the reporting shifted from alleged sexual harassment to alleged assault. WGRZ 2 On Your Side’s ongoing coverage of allegations against the governor continued with a “Town Hall” segment hosted by anchors Michael Wooten and Kate Welshofer. Attorney Barry Covert was interviewed for the segment to provide legal analysis on the latest developments in the accusations made against Governor Andrew Cuomo. WGRZ’s Town Hall segment focused on how the accusations made by Governor Cuomo’s sixth accuser differ from previous accusations. Attorney Barry Covert was asked to address several legal topics in this matter, including: why the latest accusation may rise to the level of a criminal offense; if law enforcement need the accuser to cooperate in an investigation; and what impact...

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Legal Analysis on Bail Issues for Suspect in Niagara County Amber Alert Case

February 19, 2021  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis on Bail Issues for Suspect in Niagara County Amber Alert Case

WGRZ 2 On Your Side recently reported on bail issues involving a man from Niagara County who was arrested for abducting a 17-year-old girl. WGRZ’s Ron Plants interviewed attorney Barry Covert to provide legal analysis for the story. In an earlier story, WGRZ 2 On Your Side reported on an Amber Alert that was issued for a 17-year-old girl from North Tonawanda. Law enforcement found the girl in the state of Pennsylvania and a suspect, Michael D. Mesko, was arrested in the matter. As a follow-up to the Amber Alert story, WGRZ reported that Michael D. Mesko was released from jail on a second degree rape charge just days before allegedly abducting a 17-yer-old girl in North Tonawanda. For legal analysis on this story; attorney Barry Covert was asked to address issues involving why the suspect was set free, the District Attorney’s rationale for skipping a preliminary hearing in sexual abuse cases,...

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Legal Analysis on Investigation of New York State Handling of Nursing Home Deaths During Pandemic

February 15, 2021  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis on Investigation of New York State Handling of Nursing Home Deaths During Pandemic

WGRZ 2 On Your Side has aired several reports on the latest news regarding how the office of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has handled nursing home deaths in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of their ongoing coverage, WGRZ anchor Scott Levin interviewed attorney Barry Covert to provide legal analysis for this story. As reported by WGRZ, the New York Post published an article that claimed Melissa DeRosa, the Secretary to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, admitted during a video conference call with Democratic lawmakers that they hid nursing home data so the federal government would not find out. DeRosa issued a statement regarding her comments during the video call, subsequent to the New York Post story. In his interview with WGRZ, attorney Barry Covert provided analysis on the potential criminal liability of the alleged actions of Gov. Cuomo’s office as well as the importance of the statement issued by Melissa...

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Attorney Barry Covert Helps Local Church in Dispute with Municipality Regarding Political Sign

January 25, 2021  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, IN THE NEWS, ZONING & LAND USE  |  Share

Rod Watson of The Buffalo News recently published a column that details a dispute between the Village of East Aurora and the Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora regarding a political sign.   Attorney Barry Covert, who represented the Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora in this First Amendment and Zoning Law matter, spoke to Rod Watson to provide comment for his column.   The Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora displayed a banner outside of their church in support of Black Lives Matter. Village of East Aurora officials informed the church that the banner would have to be removed because it violated zoning rules. Specifically, the village said the sign was too large and it put the church over the limit on the number of signs it was allowed to display.   The church sought legal help to fight the village’s demands that the sign be removed. Ultimately, the Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora...

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Legal Analysis on Rights of Local Gym Owner Resisting Enforcement of New York State COVID Rules

November 25, 2020  |  CONSTITUTIONAL, CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis on Rights of Local Gym Owner Resisting Enforcement of New York State COVID Rules

WGRZ 2 On Your Side recently reported on an online video, which shows an altercation that took place at a private gym in Orchard Park. Buffalo area business owners gathered at Athletes Unleashed to discuss ways to address Orange Zone lockdown restrictions that had just gone into effect. As reported by WGRZ, during the meeting, deputies from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office as well as members of the Erie County Department of Health entered the gym and attempted to “break up” the meeting. Attendees of the meeting protested against the presence of sheriff deputies and department of health officials, eventually forcing the officials to leave the gym. WGRZ interviewed attorney Barry Covert for this story to provide legal analysis on the rights of businesses and individuals who are facing enforcement of New York State COVID rules. Mr. Covert stated “The owner of the premises was absolutely entitled to ask the law enforcement and the...

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Legal Analysis of 70-Month Sentence for Pain Management Doctor

October 16, 2020  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share
Legal Analysis of 70-Month Sentence for Pain Management Doctor

Attorney Barry Covert was interviewed by WGRZ anchor Scott Levin regarding the sentencing of a Williamsville pain management doctor who was charged with unlawful distribution of painkiller medication. Click here to watch WGRZ’s full report, including legal analysis by Barry Covert regarding details of the case and the 70-month sentence given in U.S. District Court.

The Buffalo News Reports on “Other issues at play” in Matter Regarding Client of Barry Covert

October 8, 2020  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share

The Buffalo News recently published an article regarding a legal matter involving a client of attorney Barry Covert. Mr. Covert spoke to The Buffalo News for their article and provided information on the case. Click here to read the full article in The Buffalo News, which includes Mr. Covert’s comments.

The Associated Press Published Report Regarding a Client of Barry Covert

October 8, 2020  |  CRIMINAL, IN THE NEWS  |  Share

The Associated Press reported on an ongoing legal matter that is taking place in Erie County. Attorney Barry Covert represents an individual involved in the case and spoke to The Associated Press regarding their report on the matter. The Associated Press’ article, which includes comments from Mr. Covert, can be found by clicking here.