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Chris Coschignano

Chris Coschignano Represents Developer in Proposed 197-Unit Apartment
Complex in Mineola

Firm Partner Chris Coschignano is currently representing Mill Creek Residential, a Dallas-based developer that is looking to build a 197-unit apartment complex in Mineola. The developer is pursuing the construction of two four-story apartments at the site of the former Corpus Christi Elementary School. The apartments would be Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and located less than one mile from the Long Island Rail Road station.

More than a year ago, the church entered into a sales contract with Mill Creek Residential to purchase the former school and an adjacent property. Firm Partner John Farrell and firm Associate Nicholas Cappadora joined Mr. Coschignano in representing Mill Creek Residential. The Mineola Village board is set to review the proposal in January 2016.


Daniel Braff

NYC Land Use Practice Group Provides Zoning Counsel in Support of Three Large New York City Real Estate Transactions

The New York City Land Use practice group, led by Partner Daniel H. Braff, acted as zoning counsel in support of three large recent transactions. First, the firm was zoning counsel to a large New York City-based lender in connection with a $20 million-plus acquisition loan concerning a development site in downtown Brooklyn. Second, the firm was zoning counsel to a large Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the acquisition of office/retail properties in Harlem consisting of over 400,000 square feet. Third, the firm was zoning counsel to a hotel developer in connection with the financial restructuring of an existing development site in Brooklyn. In addition to the foregoing transactions, the firm was also zoning counsel in connection with its client’s acquisition of over 13,000 square feet of development rights along Fulton Street in Brooklyn as part of a new mixed-use development.

Mr. Braff was also recently featured in the New York Real Estate Journal.


Daniel H. Braff

Daniel H. Braff and Michael Barone Represent Client in Purchase of $10.5 Million Commercial Property

Daniel H. Braff and Michael Barone recently represented a client in the purchase of a commercial property improved with a Walgreens in Fairfield, Connecticut, valued at $10.5 million. The property was one of several properties involved in a 1031 exchange.

Michael Barone

Firm Partners Present Real Estate CLE for First American Title

Firm Partners Jon Ward, Wayne Edwards and John Farrell presented a highly informative Continuing Legal Education program on behalf of First American Title on October 26. The program was attended by over 100 real estate attorneys and covered several important topics in residential and commercial real estate law. Mr. Edwards presented on due diligence in the acquisition, leasing, and financing of commercial property. Mr. Farrell gave a presentation on understanding the Certificate of Occupancy search, and how to conduct a thorough examination of filed Certificates of Occupancy. Mr. Ward discussed extinguishing recorded covenants and restrictions that affect marketability.


John Christopher

John Christopher Participates in Young Lawyers Fall CLE Program

Firm Partner John Christopher participated in the New York State Bar Association Young Lawyer Fall CLE Program on November 6. This program provided attorneys with a basic familiarity and understanding of a variety of legal topics and practice areas. Some of the topics covered included Matrimonial and Family Law basics, Business Formations, and Justice Court Practice. Mr. Christopher presented on the topic of Landlord/Tenant Law.


Daniel H. Braff

Daniel H. Braff and Joseph R. Bjarnson Named Recipients of LIBN's "Leadership In Law" Award

Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano attorneys Daniel H. Braff and Joseph R. Bjarnson will each receive Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law Award. Mr. Braff will be honored in the category of Partner and Mr. Bjarnson will be honored in the category of Associate. The ceremony will take place November 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Joseph Bjarnson

Joshua Brookstein

Firm Adds Attorneys Robert A. Abiuso as Counsel and Joshua D. Brookstein as Associate

The firm is pleased to announce the addition of two new attorneys to the firm: Robert A. Abiuso and Joshua D. Brookstein. Mr. Abiuso has joined as Counsel and Mr. Brookstein has joined the firm as an Associate.

Mr. Abiuso concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation. Prior to joining Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano, Mr. Abiuso began his career with Robert J. Pasarelli & Associates, a Babylon Village-based law firm concentrating in personal injury, subrogation and insurance cases. The firm acted as defense counsel to a variety of insurance carriers, corporations and municipal entities, including Suffolk County and the Town of Islip.

To read more about Robert A. Abiuso, click here.

Mr. Brookstein concentrates his practice in litigation and appeals. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the New York City Law Department, Family Court Division, as assistant corporation counsel. Mr. Brookstein also has nearly ten years of experience in the field of education, having worked for the New York City Department of Education, first as a teacher and then as an Assistant Principal, before earning his law degree and entering the legal field.

To read more about Joshua D. Brookstein, click here.

Miriam Villani

Miriam Villani Named LIBN's "Ones To Watch"

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the firm, was named one of Long Island Business News' "Ones to Watch" in Green. Ones to Watch is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.


Michele Pincus

Michele Pincus Interviewed on What It Means to Be a Non-Profit Board Member

Michele Pincus, a former non-profit board president and member of several non-profit boards of directors, was interviewed and quoted in a Long Islander story on the role of a non-profit board member. In the article, she is quoted as saying: "A good leader will select members who are willing to work for the benefit of the organization and lead committees with other enthusiastic members who are eager to further the mission of the organization."


new developments in the law

Michael Sahn

Michael H. Sahn and Nicholas J. Cappadora Evaluate the U.S. Supreme Court's Test for Determining When a Local Land Use Dispute is Ripe for Federal Court Review

In the October 2015 issue of The Nassau Lawyer, Michael H. Sahn, the firm's Managing Partner, and Nicholas J. Cappadora, an Associate with the firm, collaborated on an article, "When is a Local Land Dispute Ripe for Federal Court Review?" In the article, Mr. Sahn and Mr. Cappadora review the test established by the U.S. Supreme Court in Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, which determines when local land use disputes are ready, or "ripe," for federal court review. The article also addresses the expansion of and exceptions to the Williamson test, specifically in the Second Circuit. Due to the growing number of land use claims being dismissed in federal court on ripeness grounds, this article is a must-read for land use and zoning practitioners.


Daniel H. Braff

Elain Colavito

Elaine Colavito's "Bench Briefs" Appears in Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the October 2015 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. “Bench Briefs” is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.


Attorney Spotlight

Daniel S. Cohan

Daniel S. Cohan is Counsel to Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano as part of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. A frequent lecturer on estate planning issues, he is a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc. and the Tax and Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, Inc. He is also a member of the committee for the Surrogate’s Court of the New York County Lawyers Association and a member of the Trust and Estate Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.


Out and About

Pink Aid Models

Michele Pincus Works with Pink Aid to Honor Long Island Breast Cancer Warriors at Second Annual Pink Chair Luncheon and Fashion Show

Firm Partner Michele Pincus, an active member of the Pink Aid Committee, both helped coordinate and participated in this year's Second Annual Pink Chair Luncheon and Fashion Show. The event, which last year raised more than $225,000 from its 300 attendees in support of several local community grants, was held October 15 at Mitchells|Marshs in Huntington.


Oyster Bay Run

Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano Sponsors Oyster Bay Town Supervisor's 5K Run

Once again, Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano, PLLC sponsored the Oyster Bay Town Supervisor's 5K Run, which took place on October 17. Chris Coschignano, a Partner with the firm and a councilman with the Town of Oyster Bay, participated in the race to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which funds research and medical care for children across the globe, and also provides families of hospitalized children a place to stay while their child undergoes treatment.



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