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Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies

Land Use Training Program for Municipal Planning and Zoning Officials

September 10, 2012

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies in collaboration with Maurice A. 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 on September 10, 2012 from 5:15 to 9:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room, Sondra and Davis S. Mack Student Center.  The program provided 3.5 CLE credits and l CLE legal ethics credit in professional practice 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.  Three panels were held:

What’s New About SEQRA?


  • Jane Houdek, Deputy County Attorney Office of the Nassau County Attorney
  • John J. Saccardi, AICP, Principal , VHB
  • Owen Wells, Project Manager, VHB

West 130: A Success Story, A transit-oriented, 2.7-acre development site consisting of 150 market rate homes

How Government Leaders, Civic Associations and Developers Can Partner for Success to Meet Long Island’s Changing Housing Needs


  • The Honorable Edward Ambrosino, Councilman, Town of Hempstead
  • Rosalie Norton, President, West Hempstead Civic Association
  • Maria Rigopoulos, Managing Director, Northeast Division, Mill Creek Residential Trust, LLC

Best Practices for Public Hearings

Moderator:  Ashira Ostrow, Associate Professor of Law, Maurice A. Deane School of Law, Hofstra University  


  • Jeffrey H. Greenfield, Chair
    Nassau County Planning Commission
  • Anthony Guardino, Esq., Partner
    Farrell Fritz, P.C.
  • Martha Krisel, Esq., Chief Deputy County Attorney for Special Projects
    Office of the Nassau County Attorney
  • David Mammina, Chair
    Town of North Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Kevin McAndrew, RLA, LEED, Partner
    Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
  • Christopher Modelewski, Chair Town of Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals

There was a question-and-answer session after each presentation.

Special thanks to the sponsors who generously supported the program:
Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP
The Engel Burman Group
Mill Creek Residential Trust LLC  
VHB Engineering, Surveying & Landscape Architecture, P.C
Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

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