Sahn Ward Coschignano

No. 302: Inventor-palooza at SBU, drones in the Mohawk Valley and why Long Island’s Craft Beer Week will fill bellies with more than brew

You certainly May: Enough with the Marching like a lion and the April showers (and April snow, for the matter) – it’s May and time for the good stuff. The weather people say 80 degrees all over Long Island today. Rejoice. It’s May 2, to be exact, and the midpoint of another exciting week in Long Island socioeconomic innovation. Welcome new newsletter subscribers Paul, Evan, Kerry, Krista, Rick and Paolo – you’re just in time…


Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


No. 280: A TCJA counterattack, an interstate healthcare alliance and baby, it’s cold outside (but it could be colder)

Weekend forecast: Welcome to the blessed end of another busy work week, dear readers – and speaking of endings and beginnings, happy anniversary to the National Weather Service, launched on this date (by the U.S. Army, believe it or not) 148 years ago today. The NWS likely had a field day on its 64th anniversary – Feb. 9, 1934 – when New York City, amidst a legendary arctic blast that deep-froze much of the nation,…


No. 262: Mission is a go, Topspin buys some spin … and climate change in New Jersey?

TGI December: Let’s not mince words – this week was a slog, after the stuffed-belly, four-day respite of the Thanksgiving holiday. But Friday is upon us again, as is December, which in addition to the holidays you know boasts National Pie Day (today), World Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) and, believe it or not, Monkey Day (Dec. 14), which as of 2000 is actually a thing. Please use this information responsibly. And tell us about…


Shinnecock Nation taps Sahn Ward enviro experts

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Shinnecock Indian Nation has retained a topflight Long Island law firm to provide advice and legal representation on environmental matters. Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano PLLC will bolster the Shinnecock nation’s land-use and ecological chops, from a legal perspective, led by partner Miriam Villani. Villani, head of the firm’s Environment, Energy and Resources practice group, will work with the Shinnecock Environmental Department to develop laws and programs that assist the department’s…


Trump and environment: States must pick up slack

By MIRIAM E. VILLANI // We can expect many changes as the country transitions from the Obama administration to a Trump administration. One of several issues that will receive a lot of attention is the environment. It is still early and not possible to know what the Trump administration will do with regard to environmental protection and energy regulation. However, Trump made certain promises during his campaign and has started to outline his plans. He’s also…


Sahn Ward launches sustainability group

Three partners will form the backbone of a new Environment, Energy and Resources Practice Group at Uniondale law firm Sahn Ward Coschignano. Supported by two existing practice groups – Litigation and Appeals and Zoning and Land Use – the new group has been formed to keep the firm ahead of the curve on emerging sustainability trends that “give rise to policy decisions and regulatory developments dictating how energy needs will be met now and for…


Infrastructure bonding: Pay now, or pay more later

By MICHAEL SAHN// A recent front page article in The Wall Street Journal entitled “Localities Opt for Less Debt over New Infrastructure” reports that local governments are not borrowing to pay for desperately needed infrastructure improvements – despite the fact that interest rates for government bond issues for infrastructure have dropped to their lowest levels in 20 years, Why? Government officials are hesitant to take on long-term debt in a fiscal environment in which they…


Marching forward in New Cassel

The Salvation Army has won approval for a 24,000-square-foot chapel and community center on the site of its Prospect Avenue operation in New Cassel. The center, which will include a chapel, multi-purpose rooms and a basketball court, will replace a rundown former bar and two residences on the property. There was moderate opposition from local residents concerned with increased traffic and the fact that the hamlet’s own community center, Yes We Can, is barely a…


Big projects deserve better environmental oversight

By MICHAEL SAHN // This year’s state budget includes hundreds of millions of dollars for big projects on Long Island, including a proposed bridge or tunnel to Westchester and a deep-water port in Shoreham, a new customs station at MacArthur Airport and money to beef up the Ronkonkoma and Nassau Hub projects. There’s funding for new R&D facilities, an engineering school, even money for a third track on the LIRR. If we are going to…