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Firm Protects Property Owner's Buildings from Implosion of the Kosciuszko Bridge

The Firm recently represented Emil Realty, the owner of commercial buildings in Brooklyn, New York, in the negotiation and consummation of an agreement to protect its buildings from potential damage arising from the implosion of the former Kosciuszko Bridge. The implosion was then allowed to occur on October 1, 2017. The matter was handled by Jon Ward, a Partner with the Firm, who was assisted by Firm Partner Chris Coschignano and Firm Associate Nick Cappadora.

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Firm Successfully Defends City of Glen Cove in Lawsuits Challenging Master Plan and Approvals for the Villa at Glen Cove

The Firm successfully represented the City of Glen Cove in two lawsuits filed by Glen Cove residents Roni Epstein and Marsha Silverman, who challenged the City's approval of the Villa at Glen Cove, a proposed 176-unit condominium complex to be built alongside Glen Cove Avenue at the western entrance to the City's downtown area.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Developers Seeking to Subdivide Parcel in Rockville Centre
Moratorium Unjustly Targeted Applicants

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented two developers against the Village of Rockville Centre, which imposed a building moratorium on a construction project on a 1.75-acre parcel of land owned by the Firm's clients. A Nassau County Supreme Court judge struck down the moratorium, claiming it was unjustly applied.

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Firm Secures Approval to Convert Second Floor into Apartments

John Farrell and Wayne Edwards, Partners with the Firm, secured approvals from the Town of Huntington Board of Appeals on September 7, 2017 to convert second-floor office space at 355 New York Avenue in Huntington into apartments. The first floor of the building will remain as retail use. With the approval, the Board allowed the continued use of municipal parking lots to satisfy the Town Code's parking requirements for the mixed-use building.

Developer Allowed to Raze Abandoned Home in Rockville Centre

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, represented a developer before the Village of Rockville Centre Planning Board in connection with an application to tear down a house located at 66 Vassar Place and construct two new single-family homes on two new lots. The previous home was abandoned and allowed to fall into disrepair.

Christian Browne Represents Village Of Freeport In Redevelopment Application

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, has been retained as special counsel to the Village of Freeport Zoning Board to provide legal counsel on an application for the redevelopment of Freeport Plaza West adjacent to the Freeport train station. The applicant is seeking to construct a new mixed-use building on the corner of Sunrise Highway and Grove Street, featuring residential, retail and restaurant space.

FIRM NEWS

Michael H. Sahn Participates in "Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials" Conference

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm's Managing Partner, recently participated in a Best Practices/Ethics Panel during the "Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials" conference, which took place on September 25 at the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center at Hofstra University's North Campus. Mr. Sahn was joined by other attorneys and Sean Sallie, AICP, the Nassau County Department of Public Works' planning division supervisor, in a mock public hearing.

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Jon A. Ward And Elaine M. Colavito To Receive LIBN's Leadership In Law Awards

Jon A. Ward, a Partner with the Firm, and Firm Associate Elaine M. Colavito will receive the Leadership in Law award from Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on November 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Mr. Ward will be honored in the category of Partner and Ms. Colavito in the category of Associate.

The Leadership in Law award recognizes all of the following qualities — dedication, hard work, skill, tenacity and excellence — and is dedicated to those individuals whose leadership, both in the legal profession and in the community, has had a positive impact on Long Island.

Adam H. Koblenz Named as Long Island Business News' "Ones to Watch" in Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering and Construction

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, was named as one of the "Ones to Watch" in Real Estate, Architecture, Engineering and 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 Christopher Helps Organize Advanced Trial Academy

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm and Chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS), helped plan and organize the inaugural NYSBA YLS 2017 Advanced Trial Academy, which was held on October 27-29 at Syracuse University College of Law's Dineen Hall.

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Miriam Villani Named as LIBN's "Ones to Watch" in Law

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm, 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.

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Elaine M. Colavito Named One of the "Top 50 Women in Business" by Long Island Business News

Elaine M. Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was recognized as one of the "Top 50 Women in Business" by Long Island Business News at a special awards ceremony on October 19 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

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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 October 2017 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

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