LinkedInContact Us

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC

Conference Table


View Website

Focus on Employment Law

Top 5 New and Recent Employment Law Regulations that Businesses Need to Know

Several laws have recently become effective that will have an impact on business in 2019 throughout the New York metro area, but especially those with operations in New York City. This article outlines some of the recent and pending changes businesses should be aware of.

Matters of Interest

Michael Sahn Represented Northwell Health in Approvals for the Advanced Surgical Pavilion at North Shore University Hospital

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Member, successfully represented Northwell Health before the North Hempstead Town Board, which unanimously approved plans for the health network to construct an eight-floor surgical pavilion at Northwell’s North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. The approval now allows Northwell to apply for permits at the town’s Building Department.

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.

Court Rules Charges of Malpractice against Real Estate Appraisers by Lender Were Time-Barred by Statute of Limitations

Andrew Roth, a Partner with the Firm, successfully defended two real estate appraisers and their firm against a claim by a lender alleging appraisal malpractice and seeking monetary damages in excess of $1.1 million. The central issue in the case was determining if the accrual of the three-year statute of limitations was applicable to claims of appraisal (professional) malpractice.

Chiropractic and Physical Therapy Center Set to Expand in Hempstead Village

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm, secured approvals from the Village of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals that will allow his client to expand its chiropractic and physical therapy practice at 717 Front Street in Hempstead Village. The approvals will allow the client to obtain building permits to begin construction on a 1,240-square-foot addition to the existing 3,072-square-foot building. The approvals included a parking variance, a front yard setback and a special permit to use the entire building as an office.

Firm News

Kyle Lawrence Named Partner at Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC

Kyle Lawrence, who joined the Firm as Counsel in March 2018, has been promoted to Partner. Mr. Lawrence concentrates his practice in corporate and securities law, as well as real estate law and transactions.

Elaine M. Colavito to be Recognized for Commitment to Women in the Law

Elaine M. Colavito, a Partner with the Firm, has been selected to receive an award for Commitment to Women in the Law. This award is being presented at Hofstra Law’s 2019 Outstanding Women in the Law reception being held at RXR Plaza in Uniondale on April 22.

Miriam E. Villani Serves as Editor-in-Chief of NYSBA's The New York Environmental Lawyer

Miriam E. Villani, a Partner with the Firm, serves as Editor-in-Chief of The New York Environmental Lawyer, a publication of the New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, which recently published its Fall/Winter 2018 issue. In Ms. Villani’s introductory message, she shared with the members what can be done to defend against the effects of climate change.

John Farrell Joins Village of Plandome Manor as Counsel

John Farrell, a Partner with the Firm and head of the Firm’s Suffolk County office, was appointed counsel to the Village of Plandome Manor.

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 February 2019 edition of The Suffolk Lawyer. "Bench Briefs" is a roundup of recent decisions from Suffolk County trial courts.


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.

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC is one of the region’s most highly regarded and recognized law firms for a reason. Its commitment to recruiting the finest attorneys is surpassed only by that of providing its clients with the highest-quality legal representation, counsel and advice.

Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC


Main Office:
333 Earle Ovington Blvd.
Suite 601
Uniondale, New York 11553
(516) 228-1300

New York City Office:
405 Lexington Ave.
26th Floor
New York, New York 10174
(212) 829-4375

Suffolk County Office:
1300 Veterans Hwy.
Suite 100
Hauppauge, New York 11788
(631) 203-4900

Syosset Office:
116 Jackson Ave.
Syosset, New York 11791
(516) 921-1000

© 2019. All Rights Reserved. SAHN WARD COSCHIGNANO, PLLC Attorneys At Law
Practice Areas | Attorneys | News & Events | Publications | Contact

This is New York Attorney Advertising. This e-newsletter is designed for general information only. The information presented in this e-newsletter should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.