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New York City land use and development update

Daniel Braff

Transferring Development Rights Across Zoning District Boundaries in New York City – When is it Allowed?

As the real estate development market continues to improve to near pre-recession levels, property assemblages, which typically include the acquisition of development rights (a/k/a air rights) from adjoining parcels, are becoming more common in the outer-boroughs of New York City. Sometimes the development rights parcels (from which the "air rights" will be obtained) and the parcels to be developed with the new building are located in different zoning districts.


Preserving FAMILY wealth WITH basic ESTATE PLANNING

Daniel Cohan, Louis DeVito, Melissa Forgas-Gartland

With basic planning, you can preserve family wealth and investments.
The firm's estate and trust attorneys consult with clients to develop comprehensive wealth preservation, business succession and estate plans. In this regard, a growing number of people will face the issues of long-term nursing care. Expensive long-term nursing care can be financially devastating. However, basic estate planning can avoid adverse consequences.



Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order, Allowing Hav-A-Home Kennel to Reopen for Business and Resume Servicing Pet Owners

A temporary restraining order was issued on May 21 against a local municipality which prohibited the municipality from enforcing a condemnation order that it issued against a family-run kennel that has been in the business for nearly a century. Two of the firm's Partners, Jon A. Ward and Andrew Roth, and Joseph R. Bjarnson, an Associate with the firm, are currently representing the kennel's owner and her family.



Miriam Villani

Miriam Villani Represents Developer of Waterfront Property in Glen Cove

The firm is representing the developer of a waterfront property in the City of Glen Cove. The owner of the property plans a mixed use development. The development is surrounded by federal Superfund sites, and will include commercial uses such as a sports complex, restaurant, hotel and residential use. Miriam Villani, who heads the firm's Environmental Law Practice Group, is providing legal guidance with respect to environmental issues, including coordinating an investigation into the Superfund site's likely impacts on the property, and potential remediation, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The firm's Managing Member, Michael Sahn, will be handling the land use approvals tol allow the development to go forward.


Public Justice Names Joseph Bjarnson as a Finalist for 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award

Joseph R. Bjarnson, an Associate with the firm, was named with others as Finalists for the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by Public Justice, a not-for-profit organization that supports causes for social justice. Joseph and his colleagues were chosen in recognition of their work as pro bono counsel in David, et al. v. Signal International, LLC, et al., No. 08-cv-1220 (E.D. La.).


Jon Ward Named to LIBN'S "Ones to Watch" in Law

Jon Ward was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Law by Long Island Business News. Ones to Watch is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.


Wayne G. Edwards

Long Island Business News Interviews Wayne Edwards on strategies for businesses to expand in a tight real estate market

Wayne Edwards was interviewed by Long Island Business News for a story on how companies that are looking to expand are seeing a dearth of available office space. Mr. Edwards says that, once growing businesses find nearby space, they should negotiate in their lease the right of first offer or first refusal in the event the space becomes available. He also said that landlords have leases which give them the right to relocate a tenant — at the expense of the landlord — to accommodate an expanding company.


New to the Firm’s Blogs on our website

Next Steps in Long Island's Innovation Economy

By. Michele Pincus

With the decline of the defense industry on Long Island, what will take its place? Enter the new innovation economy. It begins with the globally renowned institutions like...


Will Solar Plants Deliver On Long Island

By. Michael Sahn       

Even before the planning, construction and closing of the Shoreham nuclear plant, the debate has gone back and forth on the best way to provide power to Long Island. The latest big deal...


Regulating Drones – New Municipal Laws Are Coming

By. Michael Sahn      

In April, I wrote on the trend nationwide for municipalities to enact laws regulating drones. The Town of Huntington has now, in fact, commenced review of a local law to regulate drones...



Michelle Pincus

Michele Pincus Joins Pink Aid Long Island in Giving $30,000 Grant to Brookhaven Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition and Participates in Moot Court Competition

Michele Pincus, a Partner with the firm and a member of Pink Aid's Grant Committee, recently joined fellow members of Pink Aid Long Island in providing a $30,000 grant to the Brookhaven Breast Cancer Survivorship Coalition, a service of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in Patchogue, New York.

Ms. Pincus was also invited to participate as one of the judges in the Annual Moot Court Competition hosted by Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School. Twelve high schools across Long Island competed in the daylong tournament.


Adam Koblenz

Adam Koblenz Co-Chairs Tennis Event of CMF'S 40th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Adam H. Koblenz was Tennis Co-Chair for the Children’s Medical Fund of New York’s 40th Annual Golf and Tennis Charity Classic, which was recently held on June 15 at the Glen Oaks Club. He currently serves as one of the vice presidents of the Men's Division. Mr. Koblenz has been involved in the CMF for many years, having also chaired the "Cycle for CMF" event. Children's Medical Fund of New York is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York. Through a wide network of friends, volunteers and deeply committed donors, CMF has raised over $85 million to help build, equip and secure ongoing funding for programs that are vital to the needs of seriously ill children and their families.

John Christopher

John Christopher is Admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court During NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Washington D.C. Summer Meeting and Attends Burton Awards

John Christopher attended the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Young Lawyers Section (YLS), Summer Meeting in Washington D.C. on June 14th and June 15th. The Summer Meeting consisted of the YLS Executive Committee Meeting on June 14th and the YLS Supreme Court Admissions Program on June 15th, during which Mr. Christopher was admitted to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Christopher is an officer of the YLS and currently holds the position of Treasurer, along with several other Executive Committee positions. VIEW PHOTO

He also attended the Burton Awards for Legal Achievement held at the Library of Congress on June 15, 2015. VIEW PHOTO


Elaine M. Colavito

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

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

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