Joe McGowan has been actively involved in all types of commercial real estate transactions for over four decades. Such transactions include purchases, sales, leases and financing. The subject properties include multiple family dwellings, institutional properties and commercial/industrial properties of all types.


Representing a variety of financial institutions and borrowers, Joe has worked on a multitude of secured lending projects, covering not only commercial, industrial and institutional real property, but aircraft, vessels, machinery and other personal property. Numerous financings have been through bonds issued by local Industrial Development Agencies and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.


Since 1967 Joe has represented municipalities and taxpayers in proceedings with respect to real property tax assessments. He was the proponent of the rule that once a municipality has granted a real property tax exemption, the burden of proof that the property is subject to taxation is on the municipality if it thereafter withdraws that exemption (New York Botanical Garden vs. Assessors of the Town of Washington, 55 N.Y.2d 328).


Dutchess County Bar Association (Treasurer, 1981-1984; President 1988-1989) New York State Bar Association (Member, House of Delegates 1984-1985; Member, Real Property Section and Business Law Section)

Astor Services for Children and Families (Trustee 1989-2018, Trustee Emeritus 2018-present, Board President 1992-2004)
Prior Boards include:
Mount Saint Mary College (Trustee 1980-1989)
Community Foundation of Dutchess County (Board Member 2000-2011, Secretary 2006-2011)
Mid-Hudson Civic Center (Board President 1984-1985)
Abilities First f/k/a Rehab Programs
City of Poughkeepsie Planning Board

Military Service:

Appellate Counsel (Captain), Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Army, Washington, DC, 1962-1963

Bar Admissions:
New York, 1961
U. S. Court of Military Appeals, 1962
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1966

Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
   J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1961
Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
   B.S., Bachelor of Science cum laude - 1958

Honors and Awards:
Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Garden Party Honoree, 2013
Archdiocese of New York, Phelan Meritorious Trustee Award, 2012
Catharine Street Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, 2009
Astor Services for Children and Families, Serena Branson Leadership Award, 2004
Dutchess County Bar Association, Gartland Award for Community Service, 2012

Joe and his wife Mary, a retired certified public accountant, make their home in the City of Poughkeepsie. They have two adult daughters, Ann and Sarah. Joe is a squash enthusiast and an old truck buff.

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