Jeffrey D. Forchelli, representing Nassau County Executive
Tom Suozzi and developer Richard Mohring, successfully
applied for approval to a subdivision of the County Executive's
property in Glen Cove.
William F. Bonesso successfully:
Represented The Huntington Square Mall on Jericho
Turnpike in East Northport in securing parking variances
from the Huntington ZBA and Site Plan Approval from
the Huntington Planning Board to undergo a complete
renovation of the site. The redevelopment of the shopping
center will give a much-needed facelift to the property
and introduce a number of new retailers.
Secured approvals from Huntington ZBA for Crestwood
Caterers on Fort Salonga Road in Northport to undergo
expansion, obtaining a substantial parking variance
to allow the catering facility to hold larger affairs.
Brian Sahn, Aaron Gershonowitz, and Steven Gaebler
successfully represented Welcome Wagon International,
Inc. in connection with $6,500,000.00 sale of its building
located at 115 South Service Road in Westbury, NY, while
negotiating a possession agreement for Welcome Wagon to
move to 245 Newtown Road in Plainview, NY, giving the
company time to locate a permanent site for its local
operations. Representing parent company Homestore, Inc.
(NASDAQ: HOMS), Gaebler successfully negotiated the lease
for 48,000 square feet for Welcome Wagon.
Judy Simoncic Jacoby, representing the Pisciotta
family before the Nassau County Planning Commission, received
final approval for a six-lot subdivision on a two-acre
parcel of land located in Glen Wood Landing, ending a
six-year complex environmental and planning review.
Peter Mills Alpert represented the sale of a building
in Brooklyn Heights recorded as among the highest price
ever paid per square foot ($1000.00/sq ft.) to date.
Richard A. Blumberg successfully defended Platinum
Properties and Robin Gray, Esq. in a lawsuit over a $230,000.00
down payment to which the Plaintiff claimed entitlement.
The Court agreed with Mr. Blumberg that the seller can
retain the down payment and further found that Robin Gray,
Esq. acted properly in releasing the said funds.
Steven G. Gaebler successfully represented Citibank,
N.A. in connection with a $5,000,000 leasehold mortgage
loan to HPP Rinx Inc. and HPP Summer Camp Inc. to purchase
the lease and licensing agreements relating to the various
recreational activities at Hidden Pond Park in Hauppauge.
Prior to finalizing the loan, Mr. Gaebler successfully
engineered lease amendments between the Town of Islip
and the new purchasers to make the loan and purchase possible.
The Corporate & Commercial Department completed these
Anthony V. Curto, Barbara Shaheen Alesi and Christopher
J. Kula, representing Losquadro Ice Company and its
affiliates, completed a complex commercial transaction
involving a sale of substantially all the assets to a
subsidiary of Artic Glacier Inc. The transaction involves
the transfer of almost every asset class and is multi-jurisdictional
in scope. The selling entities entered into leases on
four commercial properties. The transaction involved agreements,
including employment agreements, noncom petition agreements,
and distribution agreements.
Barbara Shaheen Alesi represented an Internet-based
advertising company, Hot Rocket Marketing, Inc., and its
owner Mark Colacioppo, in the sale of certain of its assets
to a newly created subsidiary of Traffix, Inc., a publicly
traded company on the NASDAQ. The consideration included
shares of Traffix, Inc. Mr. Colacioppo will continue as
an employee of the purchasing entity with the vision of
expanding the scope and depth of its customer and vendor
The Litigation Department has successfully resolved
the following matters:
Donald Jay Schwartz:
Settled a commercial litigation on behalf of client
Cablevision Systems Corp that was pending in the Orange
County Supreme Court. The Court denied a property
owner's motion for a preliminary injunction, and granted
Cablevision's motion for summary judgment holding
the property owner had no rights to monetary benefits
resulting from Cablevision's use of its equipment
on property leased from the property owner.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of client, Starwood
Ceruzzi, resulting in the striking of an improperly
filed mechanic's lien and dismissal of the lawsuit
against the client.
Settled litigation which had been pending against
our client, Swezey's, in the Suffolk County Supreme
Brought litigation against two insurance companies
on behalf of two clients forcing the insurance companies
to pay this firm's legal fees to represent our clients.
Mr. Schwartz demonstrated that the insurance companies
would be guilty of a conflict of interest if their
attorneys instead represented our clients.
Barbara Shaheen Alesi and Donald Jay Schwartz recently
settled a litigation matter brought by our client, North
Shore Animal League America, against a defendant for failure
to provide a 24- hours poison control center for pet owners
through NSALA access to an Animal Poison Control Hotline.
NSALA is a not for profit animal welfare organization
which places in excess of 30,000 homeless animals in adoptive
homes each year. The settlement resulted in NSALA's continued
ability to provide the Animal Poison Control Hotline to