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Court Strikes Down Hempstead Town Zoning Board Condition Requiring Owner-Occupancy of Two-Family Dwelling
Ruling Calls into Question Legality of Restrictions Posed on Thousands of Homeowners by Municipalities

Christian Browne, a Member and Partner with the Firm, successfully represented a homeowner before the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals. The Firm's client sought to annul a condition to a variance granted by the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals that required one unit of a two-family home to be "owner-occupied."


Court Rules Town of Hempstead's Moratorium on Development on Woodmere Golf Course Unconstitutional
Court Applies Rational Basis Test in Finding Moratorium Served No Proper Purpose

Christian Browne, a Member and Partner with the Firm, successfully represented the owners of the Woodmere Club against the Town of Hempstead, which placed a series of moratoria on any development on the golf course property. The court ruled that the moratorium extensions served no purpose, other than to deprive the owners of their property rights, and was, therefore, unconstitutional.


Court Postpones Foreclosure Action on Church

Chris Browne, a Member and Partner with the Firm, successfully represented the Apostolic Church of God 7th Day in a foreclosure action in which the seller of a property in Nassau County — which was purchased by the church — sought to foreclose on the church for nonpayment of taxes.


Firm News

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC Welcomes Joseph D. Brees and Thomas C. Haberlack to the Firm

Joseph D. Brees and Thomas C. Haberlack have joined the Firm. Mr. Brees is an Associate with the Firm and Mr. Haberlack will join the Firm as Counsel.


New Developments in the Law

Michael H. Sahn's Article Highlights Cornell Case in Relation to Religious and Educational Use in New York State Land Use and Zoning Matters

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm's Managing Member, wrote an article entitled "Deferential Treatment of Zoning and Land Use Applications" that was published in the January 2019 issue of Nassau Lawyer, The Journal of the Nassau County Bar Association. The article focused on the accommodation and deferential treatment that educational and religious institutions are entitled to receive from municipalities in land use applications.


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

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


In the December 2018 e-newsletter, it was announced in the article “Miriam Villani Presents Awards to the Winners of the 31st Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest” that there was a tie for first place. That was an error. The sole first-place winner was Rachel Manning. Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC regrets the error.


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