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Q&A with the Hon. Edward G. McCabe

The Honorable Edward G. McCabe, Special Counsel to the Firm, was recently recognized by the Nassau County Bar Association and the Town of Hempstead for his distinguished career as an attorney, judge, and public servant. Justice McCabe also participated in a ceremony at the Supreme Court in Mineola honoring longtime colleague Kathryn Driscoll Hopkins, chief clerk of the Nassau County Supreme Court, who received the Patriot Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at a special ceremony on May 21. With 60 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to ask Justice McCabe about his distinguished career and share some photos of these recent events.

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With Kathryn Hopkins at Supreme Court
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Corporate and Securities Practice Update

New Legislation Resulting From #MeToo Movement Affects New York State and City Employers

By Kyle M. Lawrence

With sexual harassment claims at the forefront of today's news cycle, New York City and New York State have both recently taken legislative measures to curb the spread of sexual harassment, and also to assist employers who take the appropriate steps to mitigate problematic workplace situations. Signed into law by Mayor de Blasio on May 9, 2018, the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the "NYC Act") imposes stringent anti-sexual harassment requirements for all New York City employers. At the state level, the New York State Budget Bill for Fiscal Year 2019 (the "Budget") further defines the obligations for state and city employers.

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New York City Land Use and Development Update

Firm Secures Special Permit for Peloton

Daniel H. Braff, a Member and Partner of the Firm's New York City Land Use and Development practice, has been working with several fitness centers in securing approvals, including successfully representing Peloton in obtaining a special permit from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) for a new fitness facility dedicated to treadmill-based workouts.

The new fitness facility will be located at the corner of Greenwich Street and Christopher Street in the West Village. Peloton's new location will comprise approximately 12,500 square feet and will house two production studios where it will livestream its new treadmill classes.

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FIRM NEWS

Michael H. Sahn to Moderate at "Future of Long Island Commercial Real Estate" Summit

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm's Managing Partner, will be one of the moderators at the 2018 "Future of Long Island Commercial Real Estate" summit, which will take place on June 7 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn-Plainview Long Island. Mr. Sahn will moderate a panel of real estate professionals who will discuss such topics as the latest developments in real estate, an overview of the real estate market, the latest in real estate technology, advances in commercial real estate research and acceleration of the sales process.

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Miriam E. Villani Presents at NYSBA Seminar Focusing on Environmental Law

Miriam E. Villani, a Partner with the Firm, presented a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course "Completing a Successful Transaction Involving Contaminated Property" at the Basics of Environmental Law 2018 seminar. In her presentation, Ms. Villani discussed how environmental issues or conditions are the focus of most commercial real estate transactions, especially when the current or previous use is manufacturing, dry cleaning, gasoline station, auto body and repair shops, and landfill use.

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Elaine Colavito Receives Outstanding Women in Law Award from Hofstra Law School

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was honored by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University as one of its Outstanding Women in Law during a special ceremony at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho on April 24. Outstanding Women in Law celebrates women who have made a meaningful and inspiring contribution to the legal community.

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Matters of Interest

City of Long Beach Board of Zoning Appeals Halts Construction of Major Mixed-Use Project after Determining the Building Permits and Variance Approvals Had Expired

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, is co-counsel with a legal team that is representing a group of Long Beach residents who successfully argued before the Long Beach Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) that the permits and variance approvals for the large-scale mixed-use development, known as the Superblock project, had expired. Therefore, the City could not issue or extend any building permits for the project.

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Firm Secures Final Zoning and Land Use Variances for Apartments at A. Holly Patterson Campus Designed to Address Housing Shortages for Millennials and Older Residents

The Firm successfully represented the developer and the owner in securing final zoning and land use variances for the development of 372 apartment units at the A. Holly Patterson campus. The approvals include 180 units that feature mostly two-bedroom apartments geared towards millennials.

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Islip Town Board Approves Zoning Change for Gracewood Estates Project

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented a property owner before the Islip Town Board in receiving approvals for a change of zoning to develop Gracewood Estates, a proposed 96-unit apartment complex to be built upon a 9.78-acre undeveloped parcel of land in Islip. The project features a residential apartment building with 96 non-age-restricted units and an adjacent self-storage facility. The Town Board approved the zoning change on April 26. Chris Coschignano, a Member and Partner with the Firm, worked with Mr. Farrell on this matter.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the May 2018 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

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NEW TO THE FIRM'S BLOG

Tax Reform: 10 Crucial Things to Know for New Yorkers

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

Late last year, I published a client newsletter speculating about how final tax reform legislation would look and some of the steps you should take in anticipation of the President signing a bill into law. Now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has officially passed, the time has come to break down what the new laws actually say and how they might affect you as a New York taxpayer.  While we're still waiting on the IRS to write regulations and issue other necessary guidance to tell us how the agency will interpret the new laws, those developments won't change how the law works at a fundamental level.

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Out and About

Thomas McKevitt Leads Holy Trinity High School Mock Trial Team into County Semifinals

Thomas McKevitt, Counsel with the Firm, recently served as Coach of the Holy Trinity High School mock trial team that took part in the Nassau County tournament section of the New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament. On April 11, his team reached the semifinals, which were held at Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola before Justice Randall Eng, retired Presiding Officer of the Appellate Division, Second Department.

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