New Law Affecting Tax Assessment Challenges for Properties with Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs)

At the end of 2022, legislation was passed in New York requiring a 45-day notice prior to filing a tax assessment challenge for any properties which are subject to an agreement to make Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs). Industrial Development Agencies often provide incentives in the form of exemptions from real property taxes in exchange for an agreement to pay PILOTs, which are then…

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Nassau County Real Estate Tax Grievance Deadline – March 1st

At Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP (“FDT”), we were proud to close out 2022 by adding one of the preeminent tax certiorari law firms in New York State, Koeppel Martone & Leistman, L.L.C (“KML”), to the firm.  The addition of the attorneys and staff of KML has already begun to yield tremendous benefits for both our clients and our attorneys. As 2023 begins, the newly-expanded Tax Certiorari practice…

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A Mind of Their Own: A Lawyer’s Life: Six Decades Serving Some of America’s Most Remarkable Entrepreneurs, Artists and Adventurers a new book by Anthony V. Curto

Anthony V. Curto, Of Counsel to Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, releases the book, A Mind of Their Own: A Lawyer’s Life: Six Decades Serving Some of America’s Most Remarkable Entrepreneurs, Artists and Adventurers.  This is Curto’s second published book illuminating the unique and varied spirit of those individuals of whom he represented and sharing stories of those who have crossed his path.   Anthony says,…

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Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP Promotes Six Attorneys to Partner

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP is pleased to announce the promotions of the following attorneys to Partner effective January 1, 2023: Lisa M. Casa, Employment & Labor John P. Gordon, IDA Benefits & Government Incentives Brian W. Kennedy, Land Use & Zoning Alexander Leong, Employment & Labor Lindsay Mesh Lotito, Banking & Finance and Real Estate Erik W. Snipas, Land Use & Zoning and IDA Benefits…

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2022 Year in Review: Douglas Atkins, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

What person, project, transaction or market trend had the greatest impact on your industry this year? The New York property tax law firm landscape changed dramatically in 2022 when the decades-long industry leader, Koeppel Martone & Leistman, L.L.C., joined FDT with all of their attorneys, staff and clients. My industry has seen some consolidation over the last several years, but this was a welcomed game-changer.…

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WHO’s WHO in Real Estate Law – Donald F. Leistman

What should buyers, sellers and/or developers keep their eyes on as they head into 2023? Given the changed economic landscape over the past few years, owners of office buildings must keep an eye on their real estate tax burden. The COVID-19 pandemic, plus increased flexibility for employees to work remotely, has produced the equivalent of “four horsemen of the apocalypse” factors for the basis of…

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Banking & Finance Attorney Daniela P. Gagliano Joins Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP (“FDT”) welcomes Daniela P. Gagliano to the firm’s Banking & Finance practice group as an associate. Prior to joining FDT, Ms. Gagliano was an associate at Lawrence and Walsh, P.C., where she represented lending institutions in commercial transactions. Ms. Gagliano, a Manhasset, NY resident, earned her Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from…

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Ones to Watch Fall 2022: Jason Penighetti, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP

Jason Penighetti Partner Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP What recent project, transaction or accomplishment are you most proud of? On October 1, 2022, Koeppel Martone & Leistman, L.L.C. joined Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP. I was thrilled to join FDT as a partner. I am proud to be part of the largest tax certiorari practice in New York. Combined, our firms create an unparalleled legal powerhouse. I…

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Liability and insurance considerations for an owner of vacant land

Throughout New York, there is an abundance of vacant land owned by individuals and/or corporate entities. Depending upon the precise location within New York, a substantial amount of vacant land is utilized by the public for recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, bicycle riding, cross-country skiing, sledding, horseback riding, snowmobile operation, operation of all-terrain vehicles, and other activities. While some people do seek permission…

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Forchelli Endowed Faculty Chairs at Brooklyn Law School Transitioned

The Forchelli family has maintained deep roots at Brooklyn Law School for nearly 100 years. Don Forchelli earned his Juris Doctor from the School in 1931. His son, Jeffrey D. Forchelli, earned his Juris Doctor in 1969, followed by Jeffrey’s daughter, Nicole, who graduated in 2007. Jeffrey D. Forchelli, Chairman and Co-Managing Partner of Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, created two endowed professorships at Brooklyn Law…

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