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Feb

SEQRA Update: Revised Long and Short Environmental Assessment Forms

As defi ned in the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”), the Environmental Assessment Form (“EAF”) is a form used by an agency to assi st it in determining the environmental signifi cance or nonsignifi cance of actions. A properly completed EAF must contain enough information to describe the proposed action, its location, its purpose …

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Nov

NYSDEC CHANGES THE LONG AND SHORT EAF EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 7, 2013

The New York State (“NYS”) Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) has recently adopted substantially revised Long Environmental Assessment Forms (“LEAF”) and Short Environment Assessment Forms (“SEAF”). According to the NYS DEC, these are the first significant changes to the LEAF since 1978 and to the SEAF, since its last revision in 1987. The NYS DEC …

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Aug

Brown & Altman, LLP celebrates its fifth anniversary: Real estate law firm founded by Altman and Brown

Serves as legal counsel to area’s leading lenders and looks to grow banking/transaction practice. Melville, NY “It is hard to fathom thatit has been more than five years sincewe opened our doors for business,”said David Altman, a founding partnerat the Melville, Long Island basedlaw firm of Brown & Altman, LLP.In March 2008, with the national …

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Jul

United States Supreme Court Upholds Federal Communication Commission’s Declaratory Ruling Defining “Shot Clock” For Siting Applications

Background The United States Supreme Court recently upheld the Federal Communication Commission’s declaratory ruling creating a “shot clock” requirement for wireless siting applications. City of Arlington, Tex. v. F.C.C., 133 S.Ct. 1863, 11-1545, 2013 WL 2149789 (U.S. May 20, 2013). The Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) sought to clarify an ambiguity within 47 U.S.C. §332(c)(7)(B)(ii) which …

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Feb

NEW TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN LAW THREATENS TO MAKE HUNDREDS OF SIGNS ILLEGAL ON JANUARY 1, 2013

Melville, NY (Feb. 22, 2012) – The Town of Brookhaven (the “Town”) has recently adopted Local Law No. 28 (the “Local Law”), which imposes significant changes to the Town’s Sign Ordinance. The Local Law has the potential to impose a significant financial burden on business owners by rendering hundreds of signs in the Town illegal, …

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Aug

Standing to Challenge State Environmental Quality Review Act Determinations Broadened by New York Court of Appeals

In a recent decision, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court holding that members of an environmental preservation group had standing to challenge a lead agency’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) determination. In the Matter of Save the Pine Bush, Inc. v. Common Council of the City of Albany, the Court …

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Apr

BROWN & ALTMAN, LLP AND FICARA & ASSOCIATES, P.C. HAVE JOINED EACH OTHER’S FIRMS AS COUNSEL

Firms bolster their growing commercial and residential real estate practices MELVILLE, NY (April 14, 2011) — Brown & Altman, LLP has formed a mutual of counsel relationship with Ficara & Associates, P.C. Brown & Altman, LLP was founded in 2008 and specializes in the complex field of commercial real estate law. Brown & Altman’s practice …

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Jun

Brookhaven Blight to Light

Incentives for Re-Development in the Town of Brookhaven By Brown & Altman, LLP On April 26, 2010, at Stony Brook University’s Charles D. Wang Center, the Town of Brookhaven’s Supervisor, Mark Lesko, announced his proposal to eliminate suburban blight within the Town. The Supervisor named his new initiative “Blight to Light”, an incentive driven plan …

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Jul

COURT FINDS TOWN OF OYSTER BAY’S REQUEST FOR SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO DOWNSIZING OF DEVELOPMENT PLANS FOR THE CERRO WIRE SITE PROPER

After more than eleven years of legal wrangling, the New York Court of Appeals denied certiorari, finally closing the chapter and letting stand a holding that the Town’s request for a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (“SEIS”) in response to a developer’s submission of a mitigated development plan was not arbitrary and capricious. The Second Department …

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Jun

MELVILLE-BASED BROWN & ALTMAN, LLP ADDS MICHAEL DILEO

Firm bolsters its growing commercial real estate and litigation practices MELVILLE, NY (June 10, 2009) — Attorney Michael J. DiLeo has joined the Melvillebased law firm Brown & Altman, LLP, as a senior associate and will be practicing in the areas of commercial transactions, financing, leasing and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Brown & Altman, …

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