Steven’s areas of specialization include land use law, environmental law, local government law, real estate, as well as related litigation. Having represented numerous developers, businesses, municipalities, and community organizations in more than 40 years of practice, Steven has handled projects of all sizes — from a large master planned community of 1195 units with a commercial center, to a small 3-unit subdivision, both inside and outside New York City. Steven has litigated in the United States Supreme Court; in federal courts in the Second, Fifth and Tenth Circuits; and at the New York Court of Appeals, Appellate Divisions, and trial courts in multiple counties. Steven has been qualified as a land use law expert witness in multiple New York courts.
Steven brings to any project a wide range of skills, including drafting complex real estate transactional documents, obtaining land use and related project approvals, undertaking required environmental analysis, and when necessary, litigation. Steven has written and lectured extensively in his areas of expertise. He was an adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where he taught Land Use Law, State and Local Government Law, and Real Estate Practice. Steven regularly teaches continuing education programs in these subject areas both in New York and nationally.
Javits Convention Center
SPR represents Empire State Development Corporation (“ESD”) and has represented both the Jacob Javits Development and Operating Corporations in the environmental review of the proposed expansion of the Convention Center. This representation included the review of the preparation of the Hudson Yards EIS, which analyzed the Convention Center expansion, extension of the number 7 subway line and the rezoning of the Hudson Yards. The Firm also represented ESD and the Javits Development Corporation in assessing the need for a supplemental EIS when changes were made in the proposed expansion design and successfully defended in litigation the determination not to prepare a supplemental EIS. SPR currently represents ESD with respect to potential additional development associated with the Convention Center with a mix of commercial and medical office, bio-tech/research, hotel, accessory housing and other uses.
Northern Westchester Hospital
Sive, Paget & Riesel represented Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, in obtaining rezoning and site plan approvals for its proposed expansion of the hospital and construction of a 57,000 square foot medical office building. The firm is coordinating the preparation of the scope and other supporting documents for the project's SEQRA review, and working with the involved agencies to obtain other required approvals. This includes the acceptance of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, which has oversight authority because of the project's location in the City's Croton Water Supply System watershed.
“Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use Law in New York: Navigate the Zoning Process With an In-Depth Understanding of Zoning Regulations,” Presenter
For: National Business Institute
Conference on the Public Trust Doctrine, Presenter
For: Albany Law School
“Short Course on Zoning,” Presenter
For: Westchester County Planning Federation
“Land Use Law and Real Estate Practice,” Adjunct Professor
For: Brooklyn Law School, Adjunct Professor