Anthony S. Guardino practices land use, zoning, municipal and environmental law. He regularly represents private developers and landowners before municipal boards in connection with a broad range of land use and zoning matters, such as applications for change of zone, variances, special permits, subdivision and site plan approvals. He also serves as counsel to several villages in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, providing advice to their boards of trustees, planning and zoning boards, and provides legal advice to two fire districts. Anthony frequently lectures on topics related to land use and zoning, including the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). In addition to his law degree, Anthony holds a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and was a land use planner with a New York City-based development consulting firm.
How does your experience contribute to your clients’ success?
Prior to practicing law, I was a land use planner, so I understand the nuances involved in presenting a successful zoning application. My educational background and experience allows me to work closely with planners and other development consultants who play an integral role in the various land use approval processes. This background and experience also allows me to relate well to the town and village planners who review and provide their input on land use applications before they are presented to the decision-making body.
“Quickly and efficiently delivering the results that the client has hoped for is my definition of success. If I am successful in this way, I will have met the client’s expectations, and the experience will be a pleasant one for all involved.”
What are some of the significant matters that you’ve handled?
We have been involved in several major developments recently. We helped AvalonBay Communities gain Town Board approval in 2013 for a new 390-unit multi-family residential community in Huntington Station, New York. We were also successful in obtaining the necessary land use approvals for the $90 million expansion of South Nassau Communities Hospital, which transformed the facility from a community hospital into a regional one. I was personally involved in obtaining zoning approvals for the Tanger Outlet Center at the Arches in Deer Park, New York, and for a major expansion of the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, New York.
How do you keep your client relationships flourishing?
Clients have an expectation that their applications will not only be completed successfully, but efficiently and quickly as well. Therefore, it’s important to advance their applications at all times, and to be responsive to any inquiries that they may have throughout the process. Since our land use and municipal practice group is comprised of many attorneys and paralegals, it’s something we do very well here. That commitment helps maintain the relationships we already have and builds new ones through referrals from satisfied clients.
As a land use attorney, what are the ways you give back?
Since my practice involves attending meetings at night, I find it difficult to give back in the traditional sense, by sitting on boards of charitable organizations, for example. What I have done, however, is use my legal skills to assist those in need on a pro bono basis. In one matter, I assisted parents of a disabled child to obtain the approvals needed to modify their home to make it more functional and accessible for their child. In another case, I volunteered my services to the developer of a day care center for developmentally disabled young adults. The center provides educational and recreational activities to help the young adults achieve their potential for independence, individuality and productivity. I find this type of pro bono work to be extremely rewarding, because the clients are very appreciative of your efforts; and a successful outcome can make a huge difference in a person’s life.