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What Does a Trump Presidency Mean for the Environment?

By Miriam E. Villani

On November 8, 2016, Donald J. Trump was elected the next President of the United States. We can expect many changes as the country transitions from the Obama administration to a Trump administration. One of several issues that will receive a lot of attention is the environment. What will a Trump administration mean for the environment as well as for those businesses that are impacted by environmental and energy regulation?



Firm Retained to Provide Counsel to International Energy Storage Company for Siting of Energy Storage Facilities

The Firm's New York City Zoning Practice Group and the Firm's Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group continue to be at the forefront of clean energy and sustainability efforts within New York City. One of the world's largest international alternative energy companies has retained the Firm as counsel to help guide the company through the myriad of existing and potential new regulations governing energy storage facilities in New York City. The City has recently set an energy storage target of 100 megawatt-hours by 2020. The City has for the most part reviewed these facilities on a case-by-case basis under existing regulations given the unique nature of the use, but is presently exploring new comprehensive regulations. The City is trying to strike the difficult balance of supporting the development of energy storage, while also regulating these facilities through new zoning, building and fire code provisions to protect persons and property.


Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne Receive LIBN's "Leadership in Law" Award

Wayne G. Edwards and Christian Browne, Partners with the Firm, received Long Island Business News’ Leadership in Law award at a special ceremony that was held on November 17 at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.


Matters of Interest

Firm Attorneys Handle 1031 Real Estate Exchanges for Properties Improved with a Dollar Tree and Family Dollar

Adam H. Koblenz, Daniel H. Braff, and Michael Barone, Jr. recently represented a client in the purchase and financing of two commercial properties in Lawrence, Massachusetts and Roanoke, Virginia. The two properties, respectively improved with a Dollar Tree and Family Dollar store, were valued at approximately $4 million and served as exchange properties in the client’s 1031 exchange.

Firm Successfully Represents Commercial Real Estate Clients on Several New Starbucks Locations on Long Island

Baldwin and Lynbrook Applications Approved; East Meadow Location Pending Approval

Two of the Firm’s Partners — John Farrell and Christian Browne — have successfully represented their respective commercial real estate clients before local municipal boards in obtaining special permits and variances for two different Starbucks locations on Long Island. A third Partner, Wayne G. Edwards, is currently representing a client seeking approval for a Starbucks to be located on Hempstead Turnpike in East Meadow.


Ralph Branciforte Serves as Asst. District Attorney in a Pro Bono Capacity, Successfully Argues Before the Appellate Division, Second Department, in a Case Determining a Defendant’s Sex Offender Designation

Ralph Branciforte, an Associate with the Firm, served in a pro bono capacity as an Assistant District Attorney for the Nassau County District Attorney and assisted in drafting an appellate brief for the appeal in People of State of New York v. Widom before the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department. In Widom, the Appellate Division affirmed the order of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Nassau County, which had upwardly departed and designated the defendant a level two sex offender under New York State’s Sex Offender Registration Act (“SORA”), despite a presumptive level one sex offender designation based upon SORA’s guidelines.


Appellate Court Overturns Five-Year Durational Limit for Historic Mim’s Restaurant’s Parking Lot

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, successfully appealed a New York State Supreme Court decision that dismissed a restaurant’s request to annul a five-year durational limit on the eatery’s parking lot that extends into the Town’s Residence District.


Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals Approves First New Development of its Kind in Downtown Baldwin

Long-Abandoned Two-Story Building Will Feature Office Space and Residential Apartments

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented Baldwin Medical Realty, LLC before the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals for a mixed-use project on a two-story building located at 800 Merrick Road (corner of Merrick Road and Foxhurst Avenue) in downtown Baldwin.


Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals Approves Special Use Permit for Self-Storage Facility in Oceanside

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented LSC Development, LLC before the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals in obtaining a special use permit for the construction of a self-storage facility, located at 2525 Long Beach Road in Oceanside.



Elaine Colavito’s “Bench Briefs” Appears In Suffolk Lawyer

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the November 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.


John Christopher and Colleagues Raise Over $7,000 in the Help A Veteran 24-Hour Giving Challenge

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, participated in The Young Lawyer Friends of The Foundation and Young Lawyers Section of the The New York State Bar Association's NY Lawyers Help A Veteran 24-Hour Giving Challenge on November 10, 2016. Mr. Christopher and his colleagues helped plan and coordinate the event and their efforts raised $7,360 to assist veterans in need of legal services. Mr. Christopher serves as the Chair Elect of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section.


Elaine Colavito Participates in Voter Registration Drive

Elaine Colavito, an Associate with the Firm, recently helped run a voter registration drive in conjunction with the Nassau County Women's Bar Association and the Nassau County League of Women Voters. This was part of an initiative under the auspices of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York to get more people to vote in this year's election. As a result, 1,356 newly registered voters in the state signed up.

Ms. Colavito is an active member of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association. She currently serves as the group's vice president.


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