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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 …

21
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, …

1
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 …

16
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 …

14
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 …

10
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, …

15
May

BROWN & ALTMAN LLP MOVES TO LARGER OFFICES IN MELVILLE

MELVILLE, N.Y. (May 15, 2009) — Faced with a need for additional space made necessary by its growth, the law firm of Brown & Altman LLP has subleased 2,500 square feet at 510 Broadhollow Rd. in Melville. Brown & Altman, established in early 2008, now has a staff of five, including three lawyers. The firm, …

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May

TOWN’S POLICY REQUIRING NOTIFICATION TO CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS AS PART OF APPLICATION PROCESS FOUND TO BE UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Justice Jeffrey Arlen Spinner, sitting in the New York State Supreme Court, Suffolk County, recently granted relief to Petitioners asking for court intervention to compel a Town to process a subdivision application. The application, which met all the requirements of the Code, did not require any variances and had been with the Town’s Planning Department …

9
Mar

NY Appellate Court Upholds Town’s Denial of Rezoning, Despite Comprehensive Plan’s Commercial Zoning Designation

The New York State Court of Appeals upheld the Huntington Town Board’s denial of an application for the commercial rezoning for a residential property despite a designation of the property as commercially zoned in the Town’s comprehensive plan. The ruling upheld a decision by the Appellate Division, Second Department, overturning a ruling by New York …

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