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Daniel H. Braff

Why "As of Right Zoning" is Critical for New York City's Continued Growth

A few years ago in a real estate and land use practice bulletin, we compared and contrasted area variances under New York State law with area (or bulk) variances under New York City law. We explained that the threshold to obtain a bulk variance in New York City is much higher and significantly more burdensome than the threshold to obtain an area variance under state law, and that, generally, bulk variances in New York City are treated similar to use variances in villages, towns and cities throughout the rest of the state. As extremely difficult as it is to obtain a use variance outside of New York City, it is likewise difficult to obtain a bulk variance in New York City.



Chris Coschignano

Chris J. Coschignano/Sahn Ward Coschignano Touro Law Center Scholarship Announced

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC has announced the creation of the Chris J. Coschignano/Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC Scholarship, which will be awarded to a second–year law student at Touro Law Center interested in practicing in the area of land use or real estate law. The amount of the scholarship is $25,000. Mr. Coschignano, a 1990 graduate of Touro Law Center, concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate law and transactions.


Miriam Villani

Firm Launches Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group

New Practice Focus Reflects Growing Need to Ensure Region's Energy Sources Are Sustainable

Sahn Ward Coschignano recently announced the formation of its Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group, which will be supported by the Firm's zoning and land use, and litigation practices. The group will be spearheaded by three of the Firm's partners, Miriam Villani, Jon A. Ward and Daniel H. Braff — who, respectively, have extensive experience in environmental, litigation and land use matters — and Associate Joseph R. Bjarnson, who concentrates his practice in land use and zoning, litigation and appeals.


Jon A. Ward
Michael H. Sahn

Michael Sahn Offers Solutions on Paying for Infrastructure Improvements in InnovateLI Op-Ed

Michael Sahn, Managing Partner of the Firm, recently wrote an article for InnovateLI discussing the challenges local municipalities face in funding needed infrastructure improvements. Mr. Sahn offers several suggestions to help local municipalities, including the creation of a state-wide fund to help local governments pay debt service.

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LIBN Interviews Chris Coschignano on How Attorneys Help Companies Obtain IDA Benefits

Chris Coschignano, a Partner with the Firm, was one of the attorneys featured in a Long Island Business News article on how attorneys can assist local businesses in obtaining Industrial Development Agency (IDA) benefits to stimulate economic development on Long Island.

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In a similar article, Mr. Coschignano was quoted in Newsday for a story on a self-storage facility in Nassau County that received IDA benefits.

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Adam H. Koblenz

Adam H. Koblenz Named as One of Long Island Business News’ Top Millennials

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, received the Long Island Business News Millennial Award during a special ceremony on September 15 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The Millennial Awards celebrates those between the ages of 19 and 35 and honors the bright, dynamic young professionals who are part of the millennial generation, who contribute to the Long Island community and who have made significant strides in business at a young age.


Wayne G. Edwards

Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne Named Recipients of LIBN’s "Leadership in Law" Award

Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne, Partners with the Firm, will each receive Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law award. Both will be honored in the category of Partner. The ceremony will take place on November 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


John Christopher

John P. Christopher Serves as Program Chair at NYSBA Young Lawyers Section 2016 Fall Meeting

John P. Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, was Program Chair for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) 2016 Fall Meeting on September 30th and October 1st at the NYSBA Bar Center in Albany, New York. As program chair, Mr. Christopher was responsible for organizing the Fall Meeting for the YLS, the largest section in the NYSBA.


Miriam Villani Named as LIBN's "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services"

Miriam Villani, a Partner with the Firm, was featured in Long Island Business News' "Who's Who in Women in Professional Services." Her profile focused on her work with the Firm, as well as being editor-in-chief of The New York Environmental Lawyer and as an author of numerous articles for many legal publications, including West’s New York Practice Series

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Elaine Colavito

Elaine Colavito Named as LIBN's "Ones to Watch" in Law

Elaine Colavito, an Associate 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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Matters of Interest

Christian Browne

Christian Browne Obtains Approvals for New Urology Practice Affiliated with South Nassau Communities Hospital

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, recently obtained approval from the Rockville Centre Board of Zoning Appeals to allow for the conversion of an abandoned office building to a new medical urology practice affiliated with South Nassau Communities Hospital. The fully renovated building will house four existing practices and approximately 15 staff members. The building is located at 510 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre, in close proximity to the hospital.


Christian Browne Obtains Reversal of Hempstead Board of Appeals Variance Denial for Two-Family Dwelling

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, recently successfully represented a client before the New York State Supreme Court, Nassau County, seeking to reverse the decision of the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals denying his application for a variance to maintain a two-family dwelling on a parcel located within the Town’s Business District.



Nicholas J. Cappadora

Michael H. Sahn and Nicholas J. Cappadora Review Local Land Use Cases Applying the Williamson Test

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Partner, and Nicholas J. Cappadora, an Associate with the Firm, co-authored "Ripeness in Local Land Use Disputes — Williamson is Here to Stay” for the September 2016 edition of Nassau Lawyer. The article discusses when local land use disputes involving alleged violations of constitutional rights are ripe for judicial review.


Adam H. Koblenz Explores the Role of Jury Trials in Mechanic's Lien Foreclosure Actions

Adam H. Koblenz, a Partner with the Firm, published an article, "Striking a Jury Demand in a Mechanic’s Lien Foreclosure Action" in the September 2016 issue of Nassau Lawyer. In his article, Mr. Koblenz describes when and why a general contractor files a mechanic’s lien foreclosure action and how the plaintiff contractor often seeks to have the case heard by a jury. In accordance with New York State law, a contractor's request for a jury trial is denied if the contractor is seeking both equitable and legal claims.

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Chris J. Coschignano and Nicholas J. Cappadora Discuss the Use of Boundary Line Agreements to Settle Property Disputes

Chris J. Coschignano, a Partner with the Firm, and Nicholas J. Cappadora, an Associate with the Firm, published an article in the September 2016 issue of Nassau Lawyer titled "Boundary Line Issues In Residential Real Estate Transactions: Practical Solutions for a Real (Property) Problem." The article provides attorneys with useful advice on how clients can resolve a conflict with a neighbor who makes additions or improvements that encroach on their client's side of the shared property line and how their clients can protect themselves with a Boundary Line Agreement.


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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the September 2016 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.



Sahn Ward Coschignano Sponsors Oyster Bay Town Supervisor’s 5K Run

Firm Partner Chris Coschignano Will Take Part in the Event to Raise Money for Autism Speaks

Once again, Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC will sponsor the Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor’s 5K Run and Runner’s Edge "Long Island Champions Challenge," which will take place on October 15 at 9 a.m. at Townsend Square in Oyster Bay.

Chris Coschignano, a Partner with the Firm and a Councilman with the Town of Oyster Bay, will participate in the race to raise funds for Autism Speaks, which is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.



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