Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz Coschignano, PLLC June 2019 E-Newsletter


Miriam E. Villani is a Partner with the Firm. Her practice focuses on all aspects of environmental law, including litigation, transactional matters, permitting, and regulatory and compliance proceedings.

What are the two hottest issues in environmental law today?
In a nutshell, climate change and clean drinking water are the most significant environmental law concerns of the day. Both of these issues have global as well as regional and local impacts.

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Adam Koblenz

The Employee Handbook: Why Every Business Must Have One

All businesses should have an employee handbook. An employee handbook can, among other things: (1) establish corporate culture with defined company goals; (2) set employee expectations; (3) ensure company compliance with federal and New York State laws; (4) define what "at-will" employment means; and (5) outline employee reporting requirements for violation of the employee handbook.

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New Zoning Regulations Target the Use of Artificially Tall Mechanical Voids in Residential Towers

Late last month, the city closed another creative zoning loophole exploited by developers of high-density residential towers in certain parts of New York City. In R9 and R10 zoning districts, commercial districts with R9 and R10 residential equivalents, and in some special districts, residential buildings can be developed as towers with generally no restriction on height.

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Matters of Interest

Michael H. Sahn

Nicholas J. Cappadora

SWC Drives Porsche Dealership to New Home in Jericho

Michael H. Sahn and Nicholas J. Cappadora guided Porsche Gold Coast to its magnificent new dealership facility in Jericho, securing land use and building construction permits over a complex, multi-year process.

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Rezoning Approval Makes Way for Construction of Multifamily Housing

The Firm successfully represented an applicant on a rezoning application pertaining to a parcel located in the Nassau County hamlet of Inwood. The Hempstead Town Board rezoned a piece of property on Bayview Avenue to allow the client to build a new multifamily development for a total of 48 rental units and a parking lot. The new development will revitalize a blighted block and bring much-needed new housing to the Inwood community.

Appellate Court Reinstates Petition in Article 78 Proceeding Challenging Denial of Subdivision

The Firm represented a Petitioner in an Article 78 proceeding, in which the Petitioner challenged the denial of his subdivision application by the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals. The trial court dismissed the client's petition, claiming that the petition was insufficiently detailed and did not contain citations to the record of the Zoning Board hearing.

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Firm News

Elaine M. Colavito

Elaine Colavito Recognized as Outgoing Chair of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association

Elaine M. Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was recognized as the outgoing Chair of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association (NCWBA) during the organization's Annual Installation Dinner, which was held on June 17 at Westbury Manor.

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Michael Sahn Served as Guest Speaker at "Long Island State of the Market 2019" Summit

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm's Managing Member, was one of the guest speakers at the "Long Island State of the Market 2019" summit, which took place on June 6 at the Holiday Inn Plainview-Long Island.

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New Developments in the Law

Adam H. Koblenz

Joseph Brees Addresses Admissibility of Internet-Based Information as Evidence in the Latest Issue of the Nassau Lawyer

Joseph D. Brees, an Associate with the Firm, wrote an article, "New York State Courts Permitted to Take Judicial Notice of Google Maps," for the June 2019 issue of Nassau Lawyer.

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

Elaine Colavito's "Bench Briefs" column was published in the May 2019 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

Adam Koblenz Named to Children's Medical Fund of New York's Board of Trustees
Once Again Serves as Co-Chair of the Tennis Committee for CMF's Annual Golf and Tennis Classic

Adam H. Koblenz, a Member and Partner with the Firm, was recently named to the Children's Medical Fund of New York's Board of Trustees (CMF). Mr. Koblenz has been actively involved with CMF for over a decade.

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Firm Sponsors the Vision Long Island Awards & Touro Law Golf Classic

SWC was a sponsor of Vision Long Island's 18th Annual Smart Growth Awards, which took place on June 14 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The awards are given to those who stand out from others in their ability to create developments that encourage mixed use, providing housing choices for all types of families from various income levels, feature walkable neighborhoods and encourage use of public transportation, preserve open space and use clean energy, among others.

In addition, the Firm was a sponsor of the Touro Law Center's 15th Annual Golf Classic, which was held on June 24 at The Village Club in Lake Success. Chris J. Coschignano, a Member of the Firm and a 1990 Touro Law graduate, was the event's honoree, along with the Firm. Mr. Coschignano, Managing Member Michael H. Sahn, and Firm Partner John Farrell, who graduated from Touro Law in 2000, served as members of the Golf Committee.

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