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Environmental Regulation One Year into the Trump Administration

A major focus of the Trump administration in 2017 was rolling back and repealing various federal regulations. Rolling back environmental regulations got specific attention. The Trump administration views environmental regulations as stifling the fossil fuel and manufacturing industries, and holding up economic growth. This contrasts with the prior administration's focus on passing regulations to slow and prevent climate change, protecting water and air, and enforcing environmental protection regulations.

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FIRM NEWS

Elaine M. Colavito Promoted to Partner

The Firm has promoted Elaine M. Colavito to Partner. Ms. Colavito concentrates her practice in matrimonial and family law, civil litigation and commercial transactions.

Ms. Colavito is President-elect of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association. She joined the organization in 2012 as a Member of its Board of Directors and also served as its Treasurer and Vice President. In 2013, she received the group's Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Memorial Award for her demonstrated interest in improving the justice system, professionalism of the bar and service to the community at large.

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Daniel H. Braff and Joshua D. Brookstein Address Compliance with NYC Zoning Law in the Construction of Fitness Centers

Daniel H. Braff, a Partner with the Firm, and Firm Associate Joshua D. Brookstein wrote an article for the January 9-22, 2018 issue of The New York Real Estate Journal titled "Get Back to the Gym: Zoning for Fitness is Heavy Lifting," which discusses the process to obtain a special permit from the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals for fitness uses.

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John Christopher to Receive LIBN's 40 Under 40 Award

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, will receive the 40 Under 40 award from Long Island Business News at a special ceremony on February 8, 2018 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate future leaders of Long Island who have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector.

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John Christopher Attends NYSBA's "Bridging the Gap" Program

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, attended the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) "Bridging the Gap" program, which took place on December 12-13, 2017 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York, New York, to speak with the attendees about the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the NYSBA.

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Matters of Interest

Court Denies Motions to Dismiss Lawsuit to Challenge Proposed Long Beach Superblock Development Project

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, served as lead counsel representing a group of Long Beach residents who sought to have certain variances granted in favor of a major construction project on the City's boardwalk declared expired.

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Electrical Inspection Company Succeeds in Lawsuit Alleging Deceptive Claims Made by Competitor and Obtains Injunctive Relief and Attorney's Fees

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, recently successfully represented an electrical inspection company, which sought — and was granted — injunctive relief and attorney's fees against a rival inspection business that had posted false statements on websites, claiming the plaintiff was out of business.

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Firm Obtains Rezoning Approvals for New Day Care Center

Thomas McKevitt, Counsel with the Firm, obtained approval from the Hempstead Town Board to rezone a parcel of land in Wantagh from Residential to Business for construction of a two-story day care center located on Wantagh Avenue. The Firm also obtained a special use permit from the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals for the project.

The Firm previously represented the client in 2012 in obtaining approvals for a day care center on Center Lane in Levittown, which is currently in operation. There is a great demand for day care centers in the Levittown area, but few available properties to build these facilities, which led the client to explore this opportunity.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE LAW

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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the January 2018 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

Firm Co-Sponsors RESA Presentation at Fordham Law School

SWC was a sponsor of "Tax Reform's Impact on the Real Estate Market," a presentation which was held on January 24 at Fordham Law School and presented by the Fordham Real Estate Institute and Real Estate Services Alliance (RESA). Daniel H. Braff, a Partner with the Firm, is a member of RESA, an exclusive, member-based organization that brings together the best specialists in the real estate business in New York City who can provide assistance in all stages of a transaction.

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