Welcome to the Spring/Summer 2012 edition of "Report from Counsel," a Newsletter for the Firm's clients and the other professionals who consult with the Firm, updating them on our practice as well as important new developments in the law.

Up Close & Personal


     We are pleased to highlight Brian Stolar, who joined the Firm as a Partner and concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate development, municipal law, and litigation. He represents private property owners and municipalities, and appears regularly before municipal boards in connection with land use applications. Mr. Stolar is the Village Attorney for the Village of Sea Cliff, and has served as counsel to numerous other municipalities and planning and zoning boards on Long Island. He has taught continuing legal education courses and published several articles on land use law, planning law and the law of eminent domain. Mr. Stolar also has lectured on land use and municipal law topics for the Nassau County Bar Association and the Nassau County Planning Federation. Brian and his family live in Old Bethpage, New York, where they enjoy being active in community sports organizations.




     We are also pleased to highlight Jason Kaplan, who joined the Firm as an associate. Before joining the Firm, he served as an associate in two Garden City law firms. Previously, he was a law clerk for General Electric Company, where he focused on Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) matters on behalf of the Corporate Environmental Programs EHS management. He also served as a legal intern in the Environmental Protection Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s office, and on the Environmental Team at Holland & Knight’s Washington D.C. office. Mr. Kaplan has been appointed as the New York State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Co-Liaison to the Environmental Law Section, as well as Co-Chair of the Environmental Law Section’s Membership Committee. Mr. Kaplan is also a Young Professionals Group member of the Nature Conservancy and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council – Long Island Chapter. Jason is an active alumnus of Colgate University, and represents Colgate at college fairs across Long Island. Jason currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. Away from the office, Jason enjoys a myriad of activities. Jason studies improv comedy at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Manhattan and performs within the five boroughs. He is also an avid golf and tennis player and loves to cook. He has recently returned from hiking in the Peruvian Andes and visiting Machu Picchu.



      Congratulations to Daniel Braff and his wife, proud first time parents of a baby girl.

      Congratulations to John Christopher and his wife, proud parents of their second child, a baby boy.

      Congratulations to Michael Sahn, and his wife, who recently became proud grandparents to a second baby grandson.  Michael's son, a highly accomplished global real estate portfolio manager, and his wife, live in Manhattan.  We wish them all the best!

      We welcome to the Firm our newest staff member, Teresa Salzan, and our summer associate, Jenna Gallagher, who is joining us for a second consecutive year.

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Table of Contents

Cover Page

New Developments at the Firm

New Developments in the Law

Beyond Smart Growth:
New Urbanism

Suffolk County Land Bank and Brownfield Redevelopment

NYS Legislature Adopts New
Law to Allow More Flexibility in Granting Extensions of Time to Complete Requirements of Conditional Approval of Final Subdivision Platss

Matters of Interest at the Firm

Out & About

Up Close & Personal


Firm Partners

Michael H. Sahn

Jon A. Ward

Chris J. Coschignano

Daniel J. Baker

 Miriam E. Villani

Wayne G. Edwards

Brian S. Stolar

Andrew M. Roth

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