| Articles | The
SPRING 2007 • Vol. XLVI
- How the Law Protects the Sanctity
of the Grave
- TELECOMMUTING: A Possible Alternative
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.