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Q&A WITH ADAM H. KOBLENZ

In addition to being an Equity Member of the Firm, Adam Koblenz donates time to various not-for-profit organizations serving the community. In this interview, Adam talks about his practice, his community service and how he is able to manage his time among work, family and community.

What does your practice entail?
My practice encompasses commercial litigation, real estate, employment and labor law, corporate, famly law and trusts and estates.

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New York City PRACTICE UPDATE

Dan Braff Secures Two Zoning Authorizations from the City Planning Commission for a 188-Space Public Parking Garage in Midtown Manhattan

On August 9, 2017, the City Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve two Zoning Authorizations in connection with the extension of term of a pre-1961 special permit for a 188-space public parking garage in Midtown Manhattan. Specifically, the first Zoning Authorization retroactively extended the term of the special permit from October 9, 2002 to October 9, 2012, and the second Zoning Authorization further extended the term from October 9, 2012 to October 9, 2022, thereby bringing the special permit current.

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MATTERS OF INTEREST

Firm Obtains Dismissal of Lawsuit Seeking Partition of 36-Acre Parcel in Old Brookville

The Firm recently obtained summary judgment in Nassau County Supreme Court on behalf of a client in a case involving a 36-acre parcel of land in Old Brookville. The land was owned by a Delaware limited liability company that was controlled by two cousins. The operating agreement obligated the cousins to partition the property into two (2) 18-acre parcels in substantial accordance with a proposed partitioning sketch attached to the agreement, and then to convey one parcel to one cousin and the other parcel to the other cousin.

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Chris Browne Files Injunction to Remove Moratorium on Subdivision Plan

Chris Browne, a Partner with the Firm, is representing developers who are seeking to subdivide a 1.75-acre parcel in Rockville Centre on Hempstead Avenue and is seeking to strike down a moratorium that the Village of Rockville Centre issued on the development.

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Local Residents Challenge Approval of Site Plan Review for New Restaurant

Chris Browne, a Partner with the Firm, is currently representing a Montauk resident in a lawsuit against the Town of East Hampton Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), the East Hampton Building Department and the owners of a motel that abuts the client's property. The motel recently opened a new restaurant on its property. The client is challenging the legality of the building permit the Town issued to the motel owners in 2015 to allow for a restaurant operation of the property.

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Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals Grants Variances for Construction of Long-Shuttered Sports Bar

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, obtained zoning approval from the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals on June 29 to allow the former Treehouse Sports Bar in Merrick to reopen after it closed in 2011. The Board granted variances for the reconstruction of the property and for parking. Construction of the restaurant/bar is currently underway and will be renamed The Treehaus.

FIRM NEWS

John Farrell Named One of Long Island Business News' "Ones to Watch"

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, was named one of the "Ones to Watch" in Real Estate/Architecture/Engineering/Construction by Long Island Business News. "Ones to Watch" is featured each week in LIBN, highlighting six people who stand out in their respective fields.

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John P. Christopher Attends United States Supreme Court Admissions Program

John P. Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, represented the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) at the United States Supreme Court Admissions Program in Washington, D.C. on June 12.

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Elaine Colavito Sworn in as President-Elect of Nassau County Women's Bar Association

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was sworn in as President-Elect of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association (NCWBA) at the group's Installation Dinner on June 15, 2017. The term is for one year. She previously served as NCWBA's Vice President for two years, and Treasurer for two years.

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Nicholas Cappadora Named as One of LIBN's "Ones to Watch"

Nicholas Cappadora, an Associate with the Firm, was named 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.

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NEW TO THE FIRM'S BLOG

Section 1031 Exchanges: A Primer

By Matthew E. Rappaport, Esq., LL.M.

Section 1031 of the tax code allows taxpayers who hold property for either investment or productive use in a trade or business to swap such property for other property of "like kind" without incurring any federal income tax, which would normally be due without this special rule. Most real estate investors are familiar with the concept of a like-kind exchange, and many investors use like-kind exchanges to their advantage. Even so, like-kind exchanges can take on many forms and can even be used for non-real estate assets.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the June 2017 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Firm Sponsors 2017 Marcum Workplace Challenge

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC was a supporting sponsor of this year's Marcum Workplace Challenge, which took place on July 25 at Jones Beach State Park. A large contingent of the Firm also participated in the 3.5-mile run/walk.

More than 8,400 participants from 195 local companies were in attendance. Participating organizations included businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies, representing almost every industry in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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Adam H. Koblenz Co-Chairs Tennis Event at CMF's 42nd Annual Golf & Tennis Classic

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner and Member with the Firm, served as Tennis Co-Chair for the Children's Medical Fund of New York's 42nd Annual Golf and Tennis Charity Classic, which was held at the Glen Oaks Club on June 19. Mr. Koblenz has been involved in the CMF for many years. He was recently named to the organization's Board of Trustees and, along with his wife, played a part in helping to open the Children's Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, the new diagnostic wing at the Cohen Children's Medical Center.

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Dan Braff Serves on Cohen Children's Circle Golf Classic Planning Committee

Dan Braff, a Member of the Firm, serves as a member of the Planning Committee for the Cohen Children's Circle Golf Classic, which will take place on August 21 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success and Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset. Mr. Braff is an active member of Cohen Children's Circle, which supports and raises funds for the Child Life Program at Cohen Children's Medical Center.

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