Larchmont lawyer named president of legal group

More honors for Westchester lawyers …

Larchmont Resident Stewart D. Aaron to Become NYCLA President on May 26

Larchmont resident Stewart D. Aaron, a partner in the New York office of Arnold & Porter, will be inducted as the 58th president of the New York County Lawyers’ Association (NYCLA), a lower Manhattan bar association with more than 9,000 members, at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday, May 26 beginning at 5:30 PM at St. Paul’s Chapel. A reception will follow at the NYCLA Home of Law at 14 Vesey Street.

In addition, NYCLA’s Eppler Prize will be awarded at the meeting to NYCLA’s LGBT Issues Committee for their report and recommendations on repealing the ban on openly gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals in the military.

As NYCLA’s president, Mr. Aaron plans to create several task forces designed to address a variety of pressing issues facing attorneys, small law firms and the administration of justice in our society.  In addition, he plans to use the latest in technology and social media to communicate with the membership.

In commenting on his becoming president of NYCLA, Mr. Aaron said, “NYCLA has been an important organization to me for many years.  I’m honored by becoming its president, and my overriding hope and goal are that it become an even more vibrant organization than it is today with a membership that works on several fronts to improve the delivery of justice to all people.”

Mr. Aaron’s practice at Arnold & Porter is in commercial litigation and, over the past 27 years, he has developed experience and expertise in securities-related matters, representing clients in litigated matters in state and federal courts, and before regulatory bodies and self-regulatory organizations. He received a B.S. from Cornell University and graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University College of Law, where he was an editor of the Syracuse Law Review.

The New York County Lawyers’ Association was founded in 1908 as the first major bar association in the country that admitted members without regard to race, ethnicity, religion or gender. Since its inception, it has pioneered some of the most far-reaching and tangible reforms in American jurisprudence and has continuously played an active role in legal developments and public policy.

Larchmont couple face grand larceny charges

A Larchmont couple who own three businesses, including a baby clothing store, are facing grand larceny and tax charges from the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

Denise and Christopher MacDonald, who live on Jochum Avenue, were arraigned today on charges of second-degree grand larceny and two counts of repeated failure to file personal tax returns. Denise MacDonald also was arraigned with one count of third-degree grand Larceny and repeated failure to file corporate tax returns.

All of the charges are felonies and followed 12-month investigation by the District Attorney’s office and state Department of Taxation and Finance.

Christopher MacDonald 53, and Denise MacDonald, 47, owned C.W.M. Horticultural Services, a landscaping company in Larchmont; Twinkle Toes Baby, a baby clothing store with locations in Rye and Larchmont; and Wish Home Styles, a home furnishings store with a sales location in Rye.

Prosecutors say the couple owes more than $500,000 in unpaid state sales tax and unpaid personal income tax. They are accused of keeping sales tax from 1998 to 2009 and not filing an income tax form since 2004.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Chartier said, “They are very decent people. They are well respected in the community and have a lot of strong support.”

C.W.M. Horticultural Services and Twinkle Toes Baby were charged as businesses with one count of second-degree grand larceny. The baby clothing store faces an additional a tax charge. Wish Home Styles was charged with one count of third-degree grand larceny.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash for Denise MacDonald and $5,000 cash for Christopher MacDonald. They face up to fifteen years in state prison on the top grand larceny charge.