A dispute between the outgoing mayor of Binghamton and the incoming mayor over the recent appointment of a city engineer to a six year term, beginning after the new mayor takes office, may result in litigation over the appointment. Steve Silverberg noted this appears to be a unique situation as the appointment is based upon a referendum that passed on November 5.
SILVERBERG NAMED TO 2012 NEW YORK METRO SUPER LAYERS
The new edition of the lawyer rating service Super Lawyers Business Edition, has listed Silverberg Zalantis LLP under construction, real estate and environmental lawyers.
SILVERBERG QUOTED IN MSNBC ONLINE ARTICLE
Silverberg Zalantis partner Steve Silverberg was interview by Eve Tahmincioglu who writes a regular "life Inc." business column on MSNBC.com. Steve was quoted on the zoning implications of the increasing number of people operating businesses from their homes as "yard sales."
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Steven Silverberg received the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation distinguished service award at its annual dinner on March 29, 2012. The award was presented in recognition of many years of providing training in zoning and land use to municipal officials throughout Rockland County.
SILVERBERG NAMED TO EDITORIAL BOARD
Steven Silverberg has been named a member of the Board of Editors of the New York Real Estate Law Reporter®.
SEQRA PRESENTATION TO SURVEYORS
Steven Silverberg spoke at the annual meeting of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors, in Saratoga Springs, regarding SEQRA procedural issues.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS CO-SPONSORS CLIMATE CHANGE PROGRAM
Silverberg Zalantis LLP and Bank New York Wealth Management are co-sponsoring a program on the Legal Implications of Climate Change presented by the Westchester Women's Bar Association, the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation and the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance. The program, to be held on October 20, 2011, will feature Michael B. Gerrard, Esq. the Director of the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University School of Law. Details of the program and registration information are available on the Westchester Women's Bar Association Website.
SILVERBERG NAMED TO SUPER LAWYERS AGAIN
Steve Silverberg has been named, for the second year in a row, to the metro New York Super Lawyers list. Super Lawyers states about its selection process: " Super Lawyers magazine names attorneys in each state who received the highest point totals, as chosen by their peers and through independent research."
ZALANTIS QUOTED IN ARTICLE ON ADVERSE POSSESSION
Katherine Zalantis was extensively quoted in a new article in Business Insider addressing issues relating to New York's rules on adverse possession. There is renewed interest in this little known area of the law after a Texas man receive national attention when he was able to obtain ownership of a house by adverse possession.
FIRM SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS TOWN
Silverberg Zalantis LLP successfully brought an appeal on behalf of the Town of Haverstraw, defending a sewer connection fee. The Appellate Division Second Department modified the decision of the lower court and granted the Town's application for summary judgment dismissing the claims relating to imposition of the fee as time barred. Katherine Zalantis argued the appeal before the Court.
PRESENTATION TO NEW YORK ASSOCIATION OF TOWNS
Steve Silverberg will be making a presentation to municipal officials at the annual meeting of the Association of Towns. His discussion of the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) will take place on the second day of the meeting, February 22, 2011, at the New York Hilton.
STEVE SILVERBERG PRESENTS FEDERAL CASE LAW UPDATE AT ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MUNICIPAL LAW SECTION OF NEW YORK STATE BAR
Steve Silverberg presented a lecture on recent federal cases relating to municipal law at the Municipal Law Section meeting held in New York City as part of the annual meeting of the New York State Bar Association. Topics included telecommunications, RLUIPA, due process claims and regulation of political speech.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP HAS ARTICLE ON RLUIPA PUBLISHED IN THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL
The New York Law Journal has published an article by Steve Silverberg and Kathy Zalantis discussing the implications of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) in the November 22, 2010 edition.
PROGRAM ON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE
Steve Silverberg will be chairing a program at Pace Law School on October 14, 2010, addressing current issues in commercial real estate. The program will focus on the challenges posed by current economic conditions in developing, leasing and financing commercial real estate. More information is available at the Pace Law School CLE Center.
SILVERBERG LISTED IN "SUPER LAWYERS"
Steve Silverberg has been listed in the 2010 Metro New York edition of "Super Lawyers", which describes itself as: "a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement."
SILVERBERG SPEAKING ON EMINENT DOMAIN
Steve Silverberg will be speaking on issues to be addressed by engineers and surveyors regarding their role in the eminent domain (condemnation) process at an all day program to be held in White Plains on June 24, 2010.
SILVERBERG TO PROVIDE LAND USE LAW UPDATE
Steve Silverberg will be providing a land use law update as part of the annual certification program for Rockland County land use officials conducted by the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation. Steve will be the sole speaker on May 17, 2010 at the three hour marathon speaking engagement he conducts twice each year for the Planning Federation.
STEVE SILVERBERG TO SPEAK ON RLUIPA, EMINENT DOMAIN ZONING AND FCC "SHOT CLOCK"
Steve Silverberg will be speaking at the annual land use law update co-sponsored by Pace University Law School and the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation on April 15, 2010. The topics Steve will be covering include the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), eminent domain, zoning amendments and new rules issued by the FCC on local review and approval of applications for cell towers.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS ZONING BOARD DECISION
In a decision dated 4/6/10, the Appellate Division, Second Department upheld the decision of the Village of Mamaroneck Zoning Board of Appeals, which denied a challenge to the issuance of a building permit for a house which utilized lands underwater to calculate the lot area and floor area ratio. The case was argued in the Appellate Division by Katherine Zalantis.
SILVERBERG PENS LEAD ARTICLE IN NEW YORK REAL ESTATE LAW REPORTER
The lead article in the February 2010 edition of the New York Real Estate Law Reporter, covering two recent New York appellate cases on the application of New York's eminent domain law, was written by Steven Silverberg.
BERNIS NELSON NAMED NEWBURGH NEW YORK CORPORATION COUNSEL
Congratulations to Bernis Nelson, who is Counsel to Silverberg Zalantis LLP, on being named the City of Newburgh Corporation Counsel. While we are disappointed that Bernis will be leaving us, we are delighted for her and wish her all the best of luck in her new position. We are certain the City will be well served!
SILVERBERG TO SPEAK ON ZONING, LAND USE AND SEQRA
The Rockland County Municipal Planning Federation annual certification course for municipal officials will include a three hour presentation by Steve Silverberg on October 29, 2009. The presentation will be a case law update on zoning, land use and SEQRA cases decided over the last year.
WESTCHESTER WOMEN'S BAR ASSOCIATION PROGRAM ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING
The Environmental and Land Use Law Committee of the Westchester Women's Bar Association will hold a program tonight on the Westchester County affordable housing settlement. The committee is co-chaired by Kathy Zalantis.
ARTICLE ON RLUIPA IN CONNECTICUT LAW TRIBUNE QUOTES SILVERBERG
In an article published today in the Connecticut Law Tribune, Steve Silverberg is quoted regarding the application of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) to local zoning and planning decisions.
SILVERBERG QUOTED ON SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE OF VILLAGE OF MAMARONECK PLANNING BOARD
Steve Silverberg was quoted in an article concerning the successful defense of the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board by Kathy Zalantis against a claim by the Mamaroneck Beach and Yacht Club.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP WINS APPEAL
The firm successfully defended the Village of Pelham Manor in a case, Vinrus Corp. v. Village of Pelham Manor Building Inspector, involving whether a property owner, who failed to comply with a notice from the building inspector, was entitled to a certificate of occupancy. Kathy Zalantis wrote the brief and Steve Silverberg argued the appeal.
SHAPIRO PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON NATIVE AMERICAN PROPERTY RIGHTS
Bernis Shapiro published an article on Mondaq regarding title issues for property previously owned by Native Americans.
PAMELA LOUIS WINS MOTION ON RICO CLAIM
Congratulations to Pamela Bennett Louis for her win, defeating a motion to dismiss a civil RICO claim in an action brought by Silverberg Zalantis LLP.
SILVERBERG TO CHAIR ABA CONFERENCE
Steve Silverberg is conference chair of the American Bar Association LPM Law Firm Marketing Strategies Conference. He is interviewed in an article published on line in the LPM magazine "Law Practice." The article discusses the conference to be held this November.
ZALANTIS TO SPEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Kathy Zalantis will be speaking tonight at the Dutchess Land Conservancy in Millbrook, New York on recent regulations and initiatives related to issues of Climate Change. The discussion will include an update on New York DEC policies impacting SEQRA review of projects by the DEC.
ZALANTIS AND SHAPIRO TO SPEAK ON SEQRA FOR THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
Kathy Zalantis and Bernis Shapiro will be speaking at a CLE program sponsored by the Westchester County Bar Association's Municipal Law Section providing an update on the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and other environmental matters. The program will be on September 15, 2009 at 12:30 at Vintage Restaurant located at 171 Main Street, White Plains.
SILVERBERG APPOINTED CHAIR OF THE EDUCATION BOARD OF THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION LAW PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SECTION
Steve Silverberg has been asked by the incoming chair of the ABA Law Practice Management Section, Micah Buchdahl, to chair the section's education board. The Education Board provides the continuing legal education programing for the section. Steve will also be program chair for a two day Law Firm Marketing Strategies Confernece conducted by the ABA this November.
FORMER NEW ROCHELLE CORPORATION COUNSEL, BERNIS SHAPIRO JOINS SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP
Bernis Shapiro, who served as New Rochelle Corporation Counsel for twelve years, has become "Of Counsel" to Silverberg Zalantis LLP. Ms. Shapiro has been a practicing attorney for 27 years. Her practice will continue to focus on the firm's core areas of concentration which are zoning, land use, municipal law and complex real estate transactions.
LECTURE ON LAND USE AND SEQRA
For the twelfth year, Steve Silverberg will present the land use and SEQRA update to the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation. The program is part of the annual mandatory training program for zoning and planning officials of all towns and villages in Rockland County, New York. The program will be held on 4/30/09 at Orangetown Town Hall..
SILVERBERG SPEAKS ON EMINENT DOMAIN
Steven Silverberg delivered a CLE program, sponsored by the Prestige Title Insurance Agency, Inc. at the New York law offices of Clifford Chance. Steve discussed various aspects of the EDPL and the effects of recent court decisions on condemnation procedures.
ZALANTIS TO SPEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AT PACE LAW SCHOOL
Katherine Zalantis will be participating in a program sponsored by the Pace University Law School Land Use Law Center on February 24, 2009. Ms. Zalantis will be speaking on the relationship between SEQRA regulations and climate change as part of a panel on trends in sustanable community development and real estate.
SEQRA LECTURE FOR NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL LAND SURVEYORS
Steve Silverberg will be speaking at the annual meeting of the New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors in Albany on January 15, 2009. The lecture will be an overview of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and issues of particular interest to surveyors.
SILVERBERG TO SPEAK AT MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY ON RLUIPA
The New York City Municipal Art Society will be holding a panel discussion of RLUIPA on October 23, 2008. Steven Silverberg has been invited to participate in this continuing legal education program and to discuss the impact of RLUIPA on local government. http://mas.org/land-use-regulation-religious-institutions-in-focus-at-mas/#more-607
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS PARTNER PARTICIPATES IN PACE LAW SCHOOL CLE
Steven Silverberg was one of the speakers at a full weekend program for new attorneys at Pace Law School in White Plains on October 19, 2008. Mr. Silverberg discussed commercial real estate transactions and related zoning and environemental issues.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS ARTICLE ON SEQRA AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL
Steve Silverberg and Kathy Zalantis have written an article on the relationship between SEQRA review of projects and climate change/green house gas issues, which appears in the September 15, 2008 New York Law Journal special section on climate change.http://www.szlawfirm.net/files/nylj_climate_change_article.pdf
SILVERBERG QUOTED ABOUT RLUIPA
ZALANTIS INTERVIEWED BY WILTON VILLAGER AND NORWALK HOUR
Kathy Zalantis was recently featured in articles by the Wilton Villager and Norwalk Hour about her expanding Connecticut land use practice.
SILVERBERG QUOTED IN LAWYERS USA RLUIPA ARTICLE
Steve Silverberg was quoted in the "feature article of the week" in Lawyers USA entitled "Holy Wars" which reviewed the current status of litigation over the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Silverberg Zalantis had been retained by the Village of Mamaroneck after it lost a RLUIPA appeal in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Steve was quoted on his thoughts about the statute and the settlement the Firm was able to work out after the Village had lost the liability stage of the case.http://www.lawyersweeklyusa.com/feature.cfm
SILVERBERG TO SPEAK AT CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND LAND USE
Steve Silverberg will be speaking at a conference sponsored by Law Seminars International on May 5 and 6, 2008 in Tarrytown, New York, along with a distinguished panel of lawyers, engineers and planners on issues relating to global waming impacts on land use planning. More information about the program can be found at http://www.lawseminars.com/seminars/08LUCCNY.php
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS NAMED ATTORNEYS FOR VILLAGE OF MAMARONECK
The Mamaroneck Village Board has asked Silverberg Zalantis to be acting Village Attorneys while the Village Board searches for a full time in house attorney.The firm, which has been serving as special counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals for the past year, will provide services to all the Village's boards, commissions and departments until a new attorney is hired.
SILVERBERG TO SPEAK AT ENVIRONMENTAL LAW PROGRAM
Steven Silverberg has been asked to speak at the New York State Bar Association Program "Environmental Law for New Environmental Practitioners and Newly Admitted Attorneys" to be held in Tarrytown, New York on November 29, 2007. Steve will be discussing "Challenging Final Agency Action."
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP RETAINED IN RLUIPA CASE
Silverberg Zalantis LLP has been asked by the Village of Mamaroneck to substitute its present attorneys in defending the ongoing RLUIPA claim brought by the Westchester Day School.
ZALANTIS TO SPEAK ON RLUIPA
Katherine Zalantis has been invited to participate in the celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Pace Law School Environmental Program by participating as a speaker on the Religious Land Use and Institionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). The lecture will be one of several CLE offerings held at Pace Law School on Octber 20, 2007 in conjunction with the celebration marking the anniversary of the Environmental Program.
SILVERBERG ELECTED TO SERVE ON ABA LAW PRACTICE MANAGMENT COUNCIL
On August 11, 2007 Steven Silverberg was elected to the governing council of the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section (LPM). The mission of LPM is to " investigate, evaluate, develop, and disseminate information and techniques which will make the legal services delivery team more effective, competent, ethical, and responsive to the needs of clients and the public". Steve has been active in LPM for several years serving on the Education Board and as chair of the Practice Marketing Core Group.
SEQRA AND RLUIPA LECTURE
Steven Silverberg will be lecturing for the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation at its annual training program for zoning and planning officials in Rockland County on April 30, 2007. Steve will be providing a case law update on SEQRA along with an overview of RLUPA and recent legislation.
SILVERBERG TO SPEAK ON PLANNING BOARD PROCEDURES
Each year the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation conducts a training program for zoning and planning officials. Steve Silverberg will be speaking at a session on March 21, 2007 for planning board members. His talk will include a discussion of planning board procedures and an update on recent cases involving SEQRA.
SILVERBERG ZALANTIS NAMED VILLAGE OF MAMARONECK ZONING BOARD LAWYERS
The Village Board of the Village of Mamaroneck voted to appoint Silverberg Zalantis LLP as new special counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Village. Steve Silverberg and Kathy Zalantis will share the duties of advising the ZBA and defending the ZBA in any new litigation.
CONGRATULATIONS TO LEAH MURPHY
Steve Silverberg and Kathy Zalantis are both pleased for Leah and saddened to announce that counsel to our firm, Leah Murphy, is leaving us as of today for a partnership in the education law firm of Kuntz, Spagnuolo, Scapoli & Schiro, P.C. Leah will be continuing her education law practice with the new firm, which will have the name Murphy added to the letterhead.
NEW YORK LAW JOURNAL MAGAZINE CITES SILVERBERG ZALANTIS LLP BLOG
The September, 2006 issue of the New York Law Journal Magazine has highlighted the efforts of Silverberg Zalantis LLP to provide legal content to the public and the legal profession on its Blog. In an article citing the growing trend among law firms to use the internet as a vehicle to demonstrate their knowledge of specific pracice areas, the reporter interviewed Steve Silverberg concerning the firm's Blog and the mutual benefits to the public and law firms stemming from the use of Blogs.
ZALANTIS SUCCESSFULLY ARGUES DEFENSE OF MUNICIPAL SEQRA DETERMINATION
Continuing a string of litigation successes, Kathy Zalantis received a favorable decision from the Appellate Division, Second Department this week in Lake Grove Partners LLC v. Middelton. The Court upheld a lower court determination that the Village of Lake Grove on Long Island had taken a proper "hard look" prior to issuing a negative declaration under SEQRA. The decision supports the determination by the Village to modify its business district zoning. For more information on the case please see our Blog.
SILVERBERG SUCCESSFULLY ARGUES APPEAL OF CONTRACT LIABILITY CASE
The Appellate Division Second Department issued a decision in a case argued by Steve Silverberg finding that a client of Silverberg Zalantis LLP is entitled to damages for the breach of a construction contract by a municipality. In Xavier Contracting LLC v. City of Rye, the Court agreed with a lower court ruling that Xavier is entitled to enforce a contract awarded by the City of Rye despite an attempt by the City to cancel the contract before it was signed. For more information about the case please see our Blog.
SEQRA and RLUIPA Update May 4, 2006
Each year the Rockland Municipal Planning Federation provides certification classes for Zoning and Planning officials throughout Rockland County. Steven Silverberg has been invited to provide the case law update on SEQRA and RLUIPA at the May 4, 2006 session. This is the sixth consecutive year he has been asked to provide a case law update for the Federation.
Silverberg Zalantis Web Site Receives Recognition
The Internet Marketing Attorney (www.internetmarketingattorney.com) has issued its periodic reviews of law firm web sites. Silverberg Zalantis has received recognition as one of the "Nifty 50" web sites, cited as a "great site example" of a small firm site.
Silverberg to Provide Planning Board Overview at Westchester Municipal Planning Federation Short Course
Each year the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation provides a four night training program for zoing and planning officials throughout Westchester County. Steven Silverberg will be presenting an over view of planning board jurisdiction at the March 22, 2006 session.
Silverberg to Give RLUIPA Update
Steven Silverberg has been asked to make a presentation to members of the Rockland County Bar Association's Municipal Law Committee on recent developments relating to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The talk is part of a luncheon meeting to be held on February 13, 2006 at the Ramapo Town Hall.
Zalantis to Participate in American Bar Association Teleconference
Kathy Zalantis will be a panelist on a teleconference to be held February 16, 2006, which is co-sponsored by the Commission on Women in the Profession, entitled Women and Minority-Owned Law Firms. The purpose of the teleconference is to discuss the obstacles and challenges faced by women and minorities in law firms. Among other topics, the discussion will focus on how women and minorities can build confidence in their abilities to provide services to business clients and demonstrate that small firms can often match the services provided by large firms.
Silverberg Zalantis Retained by Village of Tarrytown
The Village of Tarrytown has retained Silverberg Zalantis LLP as special counsel for the purpose of drafting a revised agreement for the development of the Village Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center is to be constructed as part of the zoning incentives for a major development on the Tarrytown waterfront. The entire project is subject to review under SEQRA and the Village site plan law.
Leah Murphy Joins Silverberg Zalantis to Develop School Law Practice
Silverberg Zalantis has added Leah L. Murphy as counsel to the firm for the purpose of adding school districts to its roster of government clients. Ms. Murphy, a 1990 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a former editor of the Brooklyn Law School Law Review has spent the last twelve years representing school districts throughout New York State.
Silverberg Participates In Land Use Program at Pace Law School
Professor John Nolon of Pace University School of Law chaired a continuing legal education program at Pace Law School, which included Steven Silverberg as one of the speakers. Mr. Silverberg spoke on appropriate conditions that may be imposed by land use boards in granting approvals and questions related to the issue of impact fees.
Silverberg Selected For ABA Committee
Steven Silverberg has been asked to serve on the Education Board of the American Bar Association Law Practice Management Section. The Education Board develops continuing legal education programs for the ABA related to practice management, technology and marketing. It runs monthly teleconferences and programs at ABA conferences throughout the year.
RLUIPA Article Published by ABA
An article by Steven Silverberg entitled "The Application of RLUIPA to Land Use Regulation" has been published as the lead article in State and Local Law News, the quarterly newsletter of the American Bar Association's section of State and Local Government Law.
Steve Silverberg Provides RLUIPA and SEQRA Update
On May 9, 2005 Steve Silverberg spoke at the annual certification course for Zoning and Planning Officials conducted by the Rockland County Municipal Planning Federation. He provided an update on recent RLUIPA and SEQRA cases, including two recent decisions by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, to approximately 100 attendees.
Silverberg and Zalantis Lecture At Pace Law School Program
On March 29, 2005 Steven Silverberg and Katherine Zalantis participated in the annual Land Use Law Update co-sponsored by Pace Law School and the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation.
Ms. Zalantis spoke on cases involving deployment of wireless telecommunications facilities and her experiences as a participant in the two most recent cases on this subject heard by the New York State Court of Appeals.
Mr. Silverberg spoke on cases involving the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and its impact on municipal regulation of construction of facilities sponsored by religious groups.
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