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Chris Coschignano

Mineola Village Board Approves Smart-Growth Project

Chris Coschignano, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented a developer before the Mineola Village Board, which approved the construction of an apartment complex that will be built at the former site of an elementary school. The 192-unit rental apartment complex is a Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), providing easy access to the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR).

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Michael Sahn

Recent Industrial Development Agency Transactions Handled by the Firm

Managing Partner Michael Sahn and John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, represented a developer in closing a transaction in which the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency provided IDA benefits and assistance for a project involving development of an office building in the City of Glen Cove for use as a co-working/shared office facility. This project allows an existing building in the center of the city to be re-purposed for a much-needed use to help economic development in the city.

Firm Partner Chris Coschignano recently represented Safeguard Self-Storage, a national self-storage company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, before the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency in an application for financial benefits for a new project in the Village of East Rockaway. Mr. Coschignano was assisted by John Farrell and Nicolas J. Cappadora, an Associate with the Firm.

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John Farrell

Ralph Branciforte

Ralph Branciforte Serves as ADA in a Pro Bono Capacity, Successfully Argues before Second Appellate Division in Home Invasion Case

Ralph Branciforte, an Associate with the Firm, recently served in a pro bono capacity as an Assistant District Attorney for the Nassau County District Attorney and successfully argued an appeal in People v. Valery before the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. The defendant appealed his convictions for burglary in the first degree, attempted robbery in the second and third degree, resisting arrest, and assault in the second degree. The Second Department affirmed all convictions, except for the lesser included offense of attempted robbery in the third degree.

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Daniel H. Braff

Daniel H. Braff Describes His Most Notable Professional Achievement in 2015 in NY Real Estate Journal

Firm Partner Daniel H. Braff was featured in the December 22, 2015-January 4, 2016 issue of New York Real Estate Journal, in which he was asked to describe his most notable project, deal, transaction, or professional achievement in 2015. Mr. Braff described the Firm's successful representation of a developer in the acquisition of "air rights" for a new multi-family building in Brooklyn, in which he played a significant role.

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Wayne G. Edwards

Wayne Edwards Named as One of LIBN's "Who's Who in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law"

Firm Partner Wayne G. Edwards was featured in the Long Island Business News' "Who's Who in Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law." His profile featured several of Mr. Edwards’ recent cases, including his successful representation of Eben-Ezer Haitian Baptist Church of Westbury in obtaining required construction variances, his success in gaining parking and renovation variances on behalf of Elwood restaurant Mio Sushi, and his representation of a client in a range of matters concerning the construction of a Dunkin Donuts in East Hills.

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Elain Colavito

Elaine Colavito Discusses Financial Impact of "Gray Divorces" in Newsday

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, was interviewed by Newsday for an article on how "gray divorces" – divorces involving people ages 50 or older – can take a financial toll. Ms. Colavito urged those going through a divorce to make sure all the retirement assets are divided equally and understand the options each plan offers, including pre-retirement death and survivor benefits. "You must make your elections at the time of divorce, or they are often deemed waived," Ms. Colavito said.

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Wayne G. Edwards

John Christopher Participates in New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting

John P. Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, recently attended the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) 139th Annual Meeting in New York City. The Annual Meeting was held at the Midtown Hilton from January 25th through January 29th. Mr. Christopher is an active member of the NYSBA, serving as an officer of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS), a member of the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section, and a section delegate to the House of Delegates.

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Daniel Cohan

Top Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan in 2016

Daniel S. Cohan is Counsel to Sahn Ward Coschignano as part of the Firm’s Trusts and Estates Department. A frequent lecturer on estate planning issues, he is a member of the Estate Planning Council of New York City, Inc. and the Tax and Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, Inc. He is also a member of the committee for the Surrogate’s Court of the New York County Lawyers Association and a member of the Trust and Estate Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Mr. Cohan recommends an annual review of wills and life insurance trusts. Some of the questions that you should ask yourself that may prompt making changes are as follows:

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new developments in the law

Michael Sahn Reflects on 100 Years of Zoning Law

Michael Sahn, Managing Partner of the Firm, wrote an op-ed article for Long Island Business News on how century-old zoning laws must change to meet changing times in order to promote economic growth and further community needs.

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

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

TO REVIEW THESE DECISIONS, CLICK HERE.

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Firm Sponsors Innovate Long Island

The Firm recently began sponsoring Innovate Long Island, a digital news platform founded by former Long Island Business News publisher John Kominicki to cover business and technology innovation in the region’s "next economy."

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