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SPRING 2007 • Vol. XLVI
- How the Law Protects the Sanctity of the Grave
- TELECOMMUTING: A Possible Alternative for Employers
- The Firm Highlights
- The Firm Departments Work Together

The Firm Highlights

Land Use & Zoning Department
Jeffrey D. Forchelli

Has been selected to monitor the extensive Nassau Coliseum redevelopment process. Described as a “development maestro” by Newsday, Mr. Forchelli will act as Nassau County's legal representative with respect to the land use applications for the property. Such applications will have to be coordinated between a number of municipalities and special districts. With more than 30 years of land use experience, and a specialty in large-scale property redevelopments, Mr. Forchelli was everyone’s choice to oversee this landmark project.

Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Diana Fantano Hoffman and Richard C. Goldberg
Successfully represented Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in a proceeding to compel the Town of Oyster Bay to comply with the statutory time frame for the review of an application to construct a new store. 

The Court found that the Town’s lengthy and unexplained delay was a violation of law and ordered it to process the application within the mandatory time periods. Of perhaps greater significance, the Court granted our request for it to retain on-going jurisdiction to ensure that the Town complies with all of the other statutory time frames and procedures of the application. 

Real Estate Department
Peter Alpert

Has been named one of Long Island’s "Outstanding Public Service Attorneys" by Touro Law Center. Mr. Alpert was recognized for his ongoing contributions to Community Mainstreaming Associates (CMA), a Port Washington-based organization that owns and operates group homes for developmentally disabled adults, and the Inter-Media Art Center, Inc (IMAC), a publicly supported, non-profit, charitable media and performing arts center located in Huntington, NY.

Tax Certiorari Department
John V. Terrana

Was featured in the Long Island Business News’ listing of “Who’s Who in Tax Certiorari Law” (February 2, 2007). Tax certiorari proceedings challenge real estate tax assessments on real property to reduce real estate taxes. Mr. Terrana has successfully obtained millions of dollars in real estate tax refunds and savings for clients, including national, regional and local owners and tenants of all types of commercial and residential property.

Litigation Department
Donald Jay Schwartz

Has been selected by the Association of Trial Lawyers of America to serve as a Scoring Judge for
the New York Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC). STAC is an annual nationwide trial competition involving 224 teams from 125 law schools. The goal of the three hour moot court trial is to inspire excellence in trial advocacy. As a seasoned litigator with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Schwartz will use his insight to evaluate the performance of the students involved in the competition and provide constructive advice to mentor the future lawyers.

Donald Jay Schwartz
Settled a wrongful death claim on behalf of the parents of a boy tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Initially the Nassau County Homicide Bureau closed the matter, concluding that the boy had simply been speeding. Unsatisfied with the Police Department’s determination, Mr. Schwartz retained a private investigator to do an independent analysis. The investigation revealed something very different than the police report - the accident was actually caused when the boy jumped off his motorcycle to avoid an impending collision. He was then struck and killed by another car. Mr. Schwartz was successful in securing the full policy limits from all insured parties. The matter was settled without litigation to protect the family from the emotional trauma of a prolonged lawsuit.

Corporate and Commercial Department
Barbara Shaheen Alesi assisted by associate Peter B. Katzman

Represented Guinan Publishing Corp. and its owner, Robert Costine, in the sale of Guinan’s assets to All Island Media, Inc. Guinan is a family owned and operated company that has served the Long Island community for over 30 years. Guinan has published and distributed the popular “Pennysaver” newspapers throughout various communities, including Syosset, Woodbury, East Norwich, Oyster Bay, Plainview, Jericho and Old Bethpage, as well as the “Town Crier” newspapers in over 16 towns and villages.

Tax, Trusts and Estates Department
Terence E. Smolev

Has been appointed to the Board of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Foundation. Based in Commack, NY, the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center has earned recognition as one of the nation's premier providers of outstanding geriatric care. The Gurwin Foundation's mission is to support quality health care, services and programs for frail, elderly and younger disabled adults.

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