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John Farrell Heads Up the Firm's New Suffolk Office

The Firm recently opened a new office in Hauppauge. Partner John Farrell, who is the leading the new office, explains his role and why the Firm established its Suffolk office, the difference between handling land use and real estate matters in Suffolk and Nassau Counties and the recent trends in Suffolk County land use transactions.

What made the Firm decide to establish an office in Suffolk County?
We see great potential for growth of the Firm in Suffolk County in a variety of practice areas, including real estate transactions, land use development, municipal law, matrimonial law and litigation. Over the past several years, the number of clients we represent in Suffolk County matters has increased substantially and having a physical presence in the county allows us to better serve those clients. We are more accessible to them and we are closer to the Suffolk County courts and the various municipalities where we handle land use applications.



What Happens if Your Business Partner Goes Rogue?

By Kyle M. Lawrence

How many times have you said to yourself that your business partner is a close personal friend and, as such, you have absolutely no use for an Operating Agreement? You've started the business, it's gotten off to a great start, so why do you need to waste precious dollars on legal fees in preparing a detailed Operating Agreement that outlines how decisions are to be made? The mistake, which isn't always obvious, is that you are trusting years of friendship and believing that the relationship with your co-member(s) in the LLC is of a personal nature, rather than a business one.



Miriam E. Villani, a Partner with the Firm and responsible for the Firm's Environment, Energy, and Resources Practice Group, is advising several industrial clients in connection with citations issued by the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for employee exposure, employee training, and other workplace health and safety issues. In this growing area of the Group's practice, Ms. Villani helps to bring the client employer into compliance and negotiates a settlement with the regulator.



Auto Dealer Obtains Land Use and Zoning Approvals to Build New Dealership in Great Neck
Construction of New Sales and Service Facility for Biener Audi's Pre-Owned Sales Division to Take Place at Site of Former Restaurant

Michael H. Sahn, a Member and the Managing Partner with the Firm, successfully represented its longstanding client, Biener Audi, in obtaining land use and related building approvals from the Village of Thomaston to construct a new showroom and service facility for its pre-owned sales division on a 1.08-acre site at 661 Northern Boulevard in Great Neck. The new facility will have approximately 12,900 square feet devoted to sales and service.


Adam H. Koblenz and Matthew Rappaport Host Seminar on Tax Impact for Nassau Homeowners

Adam H. Koblenz, a Member and Partner with the Firm, and Matthew Rappaport, Counsel with the Firm, hosted a seminar on June 14 in conjunction with Laffey Real Estate for Nassau County homeowners titled "The Taxman Cometh: Understanding the 2018 Tax Package and the Impact on Homeowners in Nassau County." The seminar was held at the Bryant Library in Roslyn.


John Christopher Co-Chairs NYSBA Young Lawyers Section Summer Meeting

John Christopher, a Partner with the Firm, was one of the program co-chairs for the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Summer Meeting, which was held June 29-30 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Saratoga Springs. During the two-day event, attorneys learned how improving one's memory can help them win a case, how introverted attorneys can make themselves heard as impactful advocates and the importance of mindfulness to improve one's ability as an attorney.


Elaine Colavito Installed as President of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association

Elaine Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, was installed as the new president of the Nassau County Women's Bar Association (NCWBA) at the organization's annual installation dinner on June 11. Ms. Colavito has been a member of the NCWBA since 2012, serving as board member, treasurer and vice president. In 2013, the NCWBA awarded Ms. Colavito with the Bessie Ray Geffner, Esq. Award.


Joshua D. Brookstein Joins New York Junior Board of Teach for America and Nassau County Family Court Children's Center Advisory Council

Joshua D. Brookstein, an Associate with the Firm, has been appointed as a member of the Teach for America — New York Junior Board. Formerly known as the Young Professionals Committee, The Junior Board is committed to creating positive change within the movement for education equity in New York City. Since 2009, the board has raised approximately $1 million to support Teach for America — New York's corps members, alumni, and the more than 110,000 children they serve.


Matters of Interest

City of Long Beach Board of Zoning Appeals Halts Construction of Major Mixed-Use Project after Determining the Building Permits and Variance Approvals Had Expired

Christian Browne, a Member and Partner with the Firm, is Co-Counsel with a legal team that is representing a group of Long Beach residents who successfully argued before the Long Beach Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) that the permits and variance approvals for the large-scale mixed-use development, known as the Superblock project, had expired. Therefore, the City could not issue or extend any building permits for the project.


Wayne Edwards Completes Multimillion-Dollar Transaction

Wayne Edwards, a Partner with the Firm, recently represented the seller of a Massapequa nursing home in the sale of the property and facility in a $12.1 million real estate transaction. The 169-bed nursing home was sold to the existing operator.

Michael H. Sahn Served as a Panelist at "Future of Long Island Commercial Real Estate" Summit

Michael H. Sahn, a Member and the Managing Partner with the Firm, was one of the panelists at the 2018 "Future of Long Island Commercial Real Estate" summit, which took place on June 7 at the Holiday Inn-Plainview Long Island. Mr. Sahn served on a panel of real estate professionals who discussed such topics as the latest developments in real estate, an overview of the real estate market, the latest in real estate technology, advances in commercial real estate research and acceleration of the sales process.


Firm Represents Family-Owned Movie Theater in Lease Buyout

The Firm recently represented MovieWorld, a family-owned and operated movie theater located in the Douglaston Plaza shopping center, in connection with the termination/buyout of its lease. The theater had been in operation since 1983, and the current owners had been operating it since 2012. The lease termination/buyout was necessary for the landlord, Ashkenazy Acquisition Corporation, to bring in a new Lowe's store, which will contain approximately 110,000 square feet. Lowe's will also be taking over the former Macy's space for its new location.



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

Elaine Colavito had her "Bench Briefs" column published in the June-July 2018 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.

To review these decisions, click here.

Out and About

Dan Braff Serves on Cohen Children's Circle Golf Classic Planning Committee

Dan Braff, a Member and Partner with the Firm, is serving as a member of the Planning Committee for the Cohen Children's Circle Golf Classic, which will take place on Monday, August 13 at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success and Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset. Mr. Braff is an active member of Cohen Children's Circle, which supports and raises funds for the Child Life Program at Cohen Children's Medical Center.

Firm Sponsors 2018 Marcum Workplace Challenge

Once again, Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC will be a supporting sponsor of this year's Marcum Workplace Challenge, which will take place on July 31 at Jones Beach State Park. A large contingent of the Firm will be participating in the 3.5-mile run/walk.

Last year, more than 8,400 participants from 195 local companies were in attendance. Participating organizations included businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies, representing almost every industry in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Long Island Children's Museum, Children's Medical Fund of New York, Long Island Cares, Inc. — The Harry Chapin Food Bank and The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Sahn Ward Coschignano Sponsors Landmark on Main Street's Summer Programs

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC is once again proud to sponsor this summer's events at the Jeanne Rimsky Theater at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. The theater will feature live musical performances.

For more information about the summer schedule, please visit


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