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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies in collaboration with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Nassau County Planning Commission and the Institute of Real Estate @ Hofstra University hosted a free Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials in the Multipurpose Room, Sondra and Davis S. Mack Student Center.  The program provided 3.5 CLE credits in Areas of Professional Practice and 1 CLE legal ethics credit for non-transitional attorneys and AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for planners.  The course is intended to fulfill the New York State training requirement for municipal planning and zoning officials.  Two one-hour and one two-hour presentations were delivered;  Mark Lesko, Executive Dean of the Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies,  Martha Krisel, Immediate Past President, Nassau County Bar Association and Deputy County Attorney, Nassau County and Ashira Ostrow, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University participated as Moderators/Commentators.

The program included:

Affordable Housing Initiatives on Long Island
Kevin Crean, Deputy Director, Office of Housing and Community Development, Nassau County
Gwen O'Shea, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Development Corporation of Long Island
Joseph Sanseverino, Assistant Vice President, Long Island Housing Partnership
Wes Sternberg, AICP, Planner, Town of North Hempstead 

Best Practices/Ethics Panel: Mock Public Hearing
John C. Armentano, Esq., Counsel, Land Use and Municipal, Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Peter Bee, Esq., Partner, Bee Ready Fishbein Hatter & Donovan, LLP
John Chillemi, Esq., Associate, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.
Sarah Oral, P.E., Project Manager, Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
Michael H. Sahn, Esq., Managing Partner, Sahn Ward Coschignano, PLLC
Sean Sallie, AICP, Planning Division Supervisor, Nassau County Dept. of Public Works
Judy Simoncic, Esq., Partner, Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP

We thank the following sponsors for their generosity supporting this program:

Cameron Engineering & Associates LLP
The Engel Burman Group
The Hofstra University Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Long Island Section of the American Planning Association – NY Metro Chapter
Ruskin Moscou Faltischek P.C.
VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C


  1. View invite
  2. View program
  3. View Video
  4. Panelist biographies
  5. Affordable Housing Presentation
    1. View PowerPoint presentation by Gwen O'Shea
    2. View PowerPoint presentation by Joseph Sanseverino
    3. View PowerPoint presentation by Wes Sternberg
  6. Best Practices/Ethics presentation