SAHN WARD COSCHIGNANO & BAKER is a full service law firm concentrating in the areas of zoning and land use planning; real estate law and transactions; civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts; municipal law and legislative practice; environmental law; corporate/business law and commercial transactions; telecommunications law; labor and employment law; real estate tax certiorari and condemnation; estate planning and administration. The Firm is committed to providing its clients with the highest quality legal representation, counsel and advice, and to using our expertise to achieve our clients’ goals. The Firm has an extensive client base that includes Fortune 500 companies, prominent regional businesses, municipalities, government agencies and authorities, and individuals. Our offices are centrally located to serve our clients on Long Island and in New York City.
Welcome to the Fall 2010 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.
New Developments at the Firm
We are honored that Chris Coschignano, an accomplished and highly respected attorney, has become a member of our Firm. We have renamed the Firm Sahn Ward Coschignano
& Baker in recognition of Chris’s many accomplishments. Chris is
a dedicated community leader on Long Island and is active in a
wide variety of organizations and devoted to public service.
Since 2002, Chris has served as an elected Councilman in the
Town of Oyster Bay.
New Developments in the Law
By John Farrell, Esq.
Since the advent of zoning, municipalities and property owners have struggled with a solution to the problem of pre-existing, non-conforming uses and structures. A non-conforming use is “[a] use of property that is no longer authorized due to rezoning, but lawfully existed prior to the enactment of the existing zoning ordinance…” Toys R Us v. Silva, 89 N.Y.2d 411, 416 (1996) citing from 1 Anderson's American Law of Zoning § 6.01, at 481-482 [Young 4th ed.].
New Developments in the Law
Update On Recent Case Law Regarding The Use And Scope Of The
State’s Power Of Eminent Domain
By John P. Christopher, Esq.
the Winter/Spring 2010 Edition of Report from Counsel, Vol. XI,
No. 1, we reported on two conflicting New York State Court
decisions regarding the State’s use of the power of eminent
domain for the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn and the
Columbia Expansion project in West Harlem.
Matters of Interest at the Firm
Federal Magistrate Judge Orenstein issued a report and recommendation in New York State, et al. v. Next Millennium Realty, et al. (USDC, EDNY, Index No. 2:03 CV 05985), a case being handled by Environmental Law Partner Miriam Villani. The magistrate recommended that the District Court grant a motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of the Firm’s clients Utility Manufacturing Corp., Inc, Nest Equities, Inc., Audie Kranz, and Wilbur Kranz.
Out & About
Chris Coschignano was featured in a Newsmakers interview in Long Island Business News that highlights his dedication to serving the community as both an elected official and an attorney. Visit the News & Events page of our website or call our office for a copy of the article.
Close & Personal
We are pleased to highlight John Farrell who recently joined the Firm. John is married to Rachel Scelfo, also a land use attorney with a prominent Long Island law firm. John and Rachel are proud parents of seven-month old Scarlett. They enjoy travelling and spending time with their families. They have journeyed to Australia and Hawaii, as well as throughout the Caribbean.