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  • Environmental review faces important changes

    June 4th, 2017

    More than 40 years have passed since New York implemented the State Environmental Quality Review Act, commonly known as SEQRA. The state Legislature enacted this sweeping law in 1975 to “establish a process to systematically consider environmental factors early in the planning stages of actions that are directly undertaken, funded or approved by local, regional and state agencies.” The state Department of Environmental Conservation then promulgated regulations for the law. Read the rest of this entry »

    Seth Mandelbaum of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP Law Firm in White Plains Selected as Moderator at Real Estate Summit

    May 12th, 2017


    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (May 8, 2017) – Seth M. Mandelbaum, a partner in the law firm of at McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP in White Plains, has been selected to be a moderator during the Westchester County Association Real Estate Summit, Transforming Westchester: From Innovative Planning to Regulatory Streamlining. The event will take place at the Westchester Marriot Hotel on Thursday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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    James Staudt of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt Law Firm in White Plains Speaks at 79th Annual New York Planning Federation Conference

    April 24th, 2017

    James Staudt, a partner in the law firm of at McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP in White Plains, was recently a guest speaker at the 79th Annual New York Planning Federation Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

    The conference is recognized as one of the premier training programs in the state, offering certification credit to planning board and Zoning Board of Appeals members through in-depth sessions on basic and advanced planning and zoning.

    Presenters discussed relevant municipal issues including green energy, design standards, agriculture and open space protection, downtown revitalization, case law, and ethics. Staudt co-presented a session with Frank Fish, FAICP, of BJF Planning and Jody T. Cross of Zarin & Steinmetz, focused on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) and Zoning.

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    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP Successfully Defends Village of Mamaroneck In Lawsuit Brought by Owner of Hampshire Country Club

    December 7th, 2016

    Court of Appeals Upholds District Court’s Dismissal of Suit Against Village Involving Rezoning of Country Club for High-Rise Condos

    WHITE PLAINS, NY (December 2016) — The law firm of McCullough Goldberger & Staudt, LLP announced that it has successfully defended the Village of Mamaroneck in a lawsuit brought against the Village by Hampshire Recreation, LLC seeking $55 million in damages.

    On November 18, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously affirmed a District Court’s decision and dismissed all federal law claims alleging constitutional law violations against the Village. Read the rest of this entry »

    More redevelopment ahead on Harrison’s Platinum Mile

    December 7th, 2016

    At the height of office-park occupancy by corporations on the so-called Platinum Mile that straddles Interstate 287 in Harrison and White Plains, businesses were paying 68 percent of Harrison’s property taxes, while homeowners accounted for slightly less than one-third of the town’s tax revenue.

    But that was decades ago. By the turn of the century, those numbers had flipped, according to Harrison Supervisor and Mayor Ron Belmont. “So we realized something had to be done,” Belmont said.

    How the town attempted to reposition its zoning and find new uses for its emptying office parks along the I-287 corridor was the focus of a Nov. 17 presentation hosted by the Commercial Investment Division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors in White Plains.

    Belmont was joined by Frank S. McCullough Jr., a senior partner at McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt LLP in White Plains, to discuss the ongoing efforts of the town to drive new development in the Platinum Mile corridor. McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt represents several of the real estate firms and companies that have converted or demolished former office buildings for new uses.

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    Westchester Parks Foundation Welcomes Volunteers

    September 15th, 2016

    L-R: Mark Yamamoto, President, Fujifilm Holdings America Corporation, and President & CEO, Fujifilm North America Corporation; Kathleen O’Connor, Commissioner, Westchester County Parks Department; Seth Mandelbaum, Board Vice Chair, Westchester Parks Foundation; Sara Cavanaugh, Volunteer Coordinator, Westchester Parks Foundation; and Christine La Porta, Director of Operations, Westchester Parks Foundation. Photo provided


    The Westchester Parks Foundation recently welcomed more than 50 employees from Fujifilm, located in Valhalla, for their annual Volunteer Day.

    Fujifilm donated their time to help maintain and preserve the beauty of the Kensico Dam Plaza as part of their commitment to the Westchester Parks Foundation and the community.

    During the event, held on Wednesday, September 7, staff members of Fujifilm cleaned and polished the “Circle of Remembrance” that rings The Rising, Westchester County’s September 11th Memorial. This volunteer effort was done to prepare for the annual memorial ceremony on September 11. The “Circle of Remembrance” includes the group of granite blocks that have the names of Westchester County residents who perished in the 9/11 attacks. In addition to cleaning and polishing the “Circle of Remembrance,” Fujifilm staff members mulched and cleaned other areas of the park.

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    Town of Harrison, NY Votes to Allow Multi-Family Housing on Platinum Mile

    September 12th, 2016

    Normandy Real Estate Partners

    Two 1970s Office Buildings owned by Normandy Real Estate Partners to Make Way for
    421 Unit Rental Apartment Housing Development

    Harrison, NY – September 1, 2016 – Normandy Real Estate Partners, a leading real estate operator and fund manager, today announced that the Town of Harrison Town Board has approved an important “first” for the Platinum Mile of the Interstate 287 (Cross Westchester Expressway) corridor by voting to approve a Special Exception Use Permit that will allow creation of 421 rental apartments, including 42 affordable units, on a site that for nearly 50 years has been occupied by two corporate office buildings.  This will be the first multi-family housing in the so-called “teardrop” area of the I-287 corridor (between I-287, I-684, the connector road from I-287 to I-684, and the Hutchinson River Parkway), what has long been known as an epicenter of corporate offices.
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    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP is pleased to be working with Iona College

    July 28th, 2016

    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP is pleased to be working with Iona College as it modernizes and transforms its New Rochelle campus. MGS Partner James Staudt represented the College in obtaining land use approvals from the City of New Rochelle for a new Student Residence Hall, located at the corner of North and Summit Avenues.

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    McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP obtains approvals for innovative solar project

    June 29th, 2016

    Installation at Manhattanville College to begin in July is expected to supply 20% of campus electricity needs

    TOWN OF HARRISON, NY (June 2016) –  Thanks to the timely, thorough work of Seth M. Mandelbaum, a partner with the White Plains law firm of McCullough, Goldberger & Staudt, LLP, a state-of-the-art solar carport project will begin to take shape this summer on the Purchase campus of Manhattanville College.

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    WCBF Annual Benefit

    February 7th, 2016

    We are proud to have been part of Westchester County Bar Foundation’s 5th Annual Benefit recently held at the Coveleigh Club in Rye. Read the rest of this entry »