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NYC Land Use Practice Update

Under Dan Braff's Leadership, the Firm Secures Another Approval for a Boutique Fitness Facility in NoMad

Daniel H. Braff, a Member and Partner with the Firm, secured a special permit from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals for Akt-in-Motion's fitness facility at the second floor of 1182 Broadway in NoMad. The facility occupies the entire second floor of the mixed-use building, and has three studios, as well as changing rooms with showers, a retail and reception area, and office and meeting space.

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Matters of Interest

Firm Wins Summary Judgment Invalidating Tax Deed

A recent opinion in Nassau County Supreme Court granted summary judgment in favor of the Firm's client in a proceeding challenging the validity of a tax deed. The Firm's client, the Plaintiff in the case, lost a piece of property through the Nassau County tax lien process. The County Treasurer transferred the Plaintiff's property to the Defendant by a tax deed. On behalf of the Plaintiff, the Firm demonstrated that both the County and new tax deed holder had failed to provide the Plaintiff with the required notices prior to the County's selling a tax lien to the Defendant and awarding him a tax deed to the Plaintiff's property.


Court Rules Charges of Malpractice against Real Estate Appraisers by Lender Were Time-Barred by Statute of Limitations

Andrew Roth, a Partner with the Firm, successfully defended two real estate appraisers and their firm against a claim by a lender alleging appraisal malpractice and seeking monetary damages in excess of $1.1 million. The central issue in the case was determining if the accrual of the three-year statute of limitations was applicable to claims of appraisal (professional) malpractice.

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Firm News

John Farrell Named Attorney for Village of Plandome Manor

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm and head of the Firm's Suffolk County office, was appointed counsel to the Village of Plandome Manor.

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Kyle Lawrence Named Partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC

Kyle Lawrence, who joined the Firm as Counsel in March 2018, has been promoted to Partner. Mr. Lawrence concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law, as well as real estate law and transactions.

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Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC Welcomes Thomas C. Haberlack and Joseph D. Brees to the Firm

Thomas C. Haberlack and Joseph D. Brees have joined the Firm. Mr. Haberlack has joined the Firm as Counsel and Mr. Brees is an Associate with the Firm.

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Joshua Brookstein and Tom McKevitt Lead Mock Trial Teams

During the past several months, Joshua Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, and Firm Counsel Tom McKevitt led two local high school mock trial programs in their legal tournaments sponsored by the Nassau County Bar Association. Mr. Brookstein coached the Crescent School team in Hempstead, and Mr. McKevitt coached the Holy Trinity Diocesan High School team in Hicksville for the past 19 years.

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Elaine M. Colavito to be Recognized for Commitment to Women in the Law

Elaine M. Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, has been selected to receive an award for Commitment to Women in the Law. This award is being presented at Hofstra Law's 2019 Outstanding Women in the Law reception being held at RXR Plaza in Uniondale on April 22.

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Miriam E. Villani Serves as Editor-in-Chief of NYSBA's The New York Environmental Lawyer

Miriam E. Villani, a Partner with the Firm, serves as Editor-in-Chief of The New York Environmental Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section, which recently published its Fall/Winter 2018 issue. In Ms. Villani's introductory message, she shared with the members what can be done to defend against the effects of climate change.

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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the February 2019 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

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Correction: In the December 2018 e-newsletter, it was announced in the article "Miriam Villani Presents Awards to the Winners of the 31st Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest" that there was a tie for first place. That was an error. The sole first-place winner was Rachel Manning. Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC regrets the error.



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