December 2023 Newsletter

Sahn Ward



Daniel H. Braff and Christopher R. DeNicola Share Insights on Proposed Citywide Zoning Changes Pursuant to the City of Yes for Housing Opportunity Proposal

Daniel H. Braff, Firm Member

Christopher R. DeNicola, Associate

Firm Member Daniel H. Braff and Associate Christopher R. DeNicola discuss zoning changes that the New York City Planning Commission has proposed in the “City of Yes” for Housing Opportunity proposal. Dan and Chris outline the key aspects of the proposal and how it aims to address the housing crisis in the Five Boroughs.


Adam H. Koblenz and Joseph D. Brees Write About the Difficulties Small Business Owners Face When They Disagree on Business Strategies and Part Ways

Adam H. Koblenz, Firm Member

Joseph D. Brees, Associate

Adam H. Koblenz, a Member of the Firm, and Associate Joseph D. Brees discuss issues that arise when small business co-owners decide to part ways. It can be a difficult process and often leads to litigation.


Mentoring the Next Generation

Joshua D. Brookstein, Partner

Michael H. Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Member, had a conversation with Partner Joshua Brookstein, Senior Counsel Eugene Martin, and Associates Chris DeNicola, Stelios Karatzias, Emili Klom, and Alexis Majano about their roles as mentors to elementary and middle school students throughout Nassau County.


Michael H. Sahn Looks at the Controversy over New York State’s Congressional District Maps

Michael H. Sahn, Firm Member

Michael H. Sahn wrote an article entitled “With the House At Stake, NY’s Redistricting War Rages” for the October 16th issue of InnovateLI. In the article, Mr. Sahn explains how the Republicans and the Democrats each want the congressional district map drawn to favor their candidates in the next congressional election.


The “Golden Bachelor” – Things to Consider When Marrying Later in Life

Erika L. Conti, Partner

Ah, the pursuit of love and companionship is one many embark on. As ABC and its beloved “Bachelor” series has most recently capitalized on, this quest is not just for the young, but for the young at heart, at any age.


Sahn Ward Celebrates 40 Years of Cohen Children’s Medical Center

Managing Member Michael H. Sahn attended the Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s 40th birthday celebration at Citi Field in Flushing on November 7.

Sahn Ward was a Chess Sponsor of Cohen Children’s Medical Center’s 40th birthday celebration, which took place at Citi Field in Flushing on Tuesday, November 7.

The Firm has special connections to the hospital. Managing Member Michael H. Sahn’s son, Dr. Benjamin Sahn, practices at the center’s Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Michael and his family have been long time supporters of CCMC. Firm member Dan Braff serves on the CCMC annual golf outing committee, raising funds for important programs at the Hospital. Adam Koblenz, a Member with the Firm, is a board member with the Children’s Medical Fund of New York (CMF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Cohen Children’s Medical Center. In 2017, he and his wife helped open the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the center’s fourth floor. Mr. Koblenz also co-chairs the Tennis Committee for the CMF’s annual Golf & Tennis Classic.

Joel Shafferman Talks to NYREJ on WeWork Bankruptcy

Joel Shafferman, Counsel

Joel Shafferman, Of Counsel with the Firm, spoke about the WeWork bankruptcy in a recent issue of the New York Real Estate Journal. In the article, Mr. Shafferman suggested that commercial real estate entities that are unable to service their debt should file for Chapter 11 protection and sell off their assets in the process.





Robert A. Abiuso Receives Denis Dillon “Apparitor Fidelis” Award

Robert A. Abiuso, Partner

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Nassau County and the Diocese of Rockville Centre presented Robert A. Abiuso, a Partner with the Firm, with the Denis Dillon “Apparitor Fidelis” Award during the Red Mass and Dinner at Chaminade High School on October 16.


Danielé D. De Voe Named as 2023 Power Woman of Long Island

Danielé D. De Voe, Partner

Danielé D. De Voe, a Partner with the Firm, was named as one of the 2023 Power Women of Long Island by Schneps Media. Power Women of Long Island honors those fearless females who make Long Island the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business. A ceremony honoring Ms. De Voe took place on November 14.

Firm Members Coordinate Meeting on Best Practices for SEQRA Compliance

Elisabetta T. Coschignano, Partner

John L. Parker, Partner

Elisabetta T. Coschignano and John L. Parker, Partners with the Firm, and Michael H. Sahn, the Firm’s Managing Member, coordinated a joint committee meeting at the Nassau County Bar Association’s (NCBA) headquarters on October 25th to discuss best practices in compliance with SEQRA (State Environmental Quality Review Act).


Meaghan Hassan Joins Careers in Real Estate Panel at Hofstra University

Firm Associate Meaghan Hassan (front row, second from left) is joined by fellow Hofstra Law School alumni and panelists at the Careers in Real Estate event that took place at the law school on November 15.

Meaghan Hassan, an Associate with the Firm, was a panelist at the Careers in Real Estate event, which took place at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University on November 15. The event was presented by the Real Estate Law Association.

During the presentation, she spoke about her experiences at the Firm and the resources and mentors that helped shape her experience in her first year after graduating from law school.

Ms. Hassan, a Hofstra Law School graduate, concentrates her practice in land use planning, zoning, municipal and environmental law and real estate.




Firm Helps Obtain Permit and Variances for Local Ice Cream Scoop Shop

Michael H. Sahn Esq., Managing Member of Sahn Ward Braff Koblenz PLLC, and Partner Joshua D. Brookstein guided Jonis Realty in obtaining a special use permit and variances from the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees and the Board of Zoning Appeals to open a Van Leeuwen Ice Cream scoop shop in the Village. The store will be located at 1382 Northern Blvd. and will bring the famous Van Leeuwen ice cream, whose products can be found in scoop shops and grocery stores nationwide, to local residents while promising to be a great new addition for Village families.




Sahn Ward Sponsors Hofstra Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials

The Firm was proud to sponsor this year’s Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials, which was held on October 20 at The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Members of the Firm attended the program.



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