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Environmental

Sophisticated counsel to help our clients manage, minimize, and mitigate risks.

For businesses, property owners and property operators on Long Island, in New York State and beyond, the challenges of navigating, understanding, and implementing programs to comply with increasingly complex environmental laws have never been greater. Our team of environmental lawyers brings the breadth and depth of experience to handle all types of administrative and transactional matters, as well as the sophistication and bench strength to tackle the challenges of environmental litigation.

Managing Compliance Challenges

Our environmental attorneys provide guidance on compliance with federal, state and local regulations, helping clients determine their responsibilities and develop implementation strategies. For our commercial and industrial clients, we frequently are part of the team that performs facility audits to evaluate compliance and minimize the chances for costly fines. We have in-depth knowledge of every level of government and have worked on many matters that involve negotiating with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and county and local departments of health.

Protecting Developers, Landlords & Tenants

We also represent real estate developers, landlords, and tenants involved with the acquisition, sale, leasing, and management of real property. These transactions often involve providing guidance on issues relating to:

  • Environmental investigations and remediation
  • Brownfield restorations
  • Superfund sites
  • Underground and aboveground storage tanks
  • The storage, handling, and disposal of hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals
  • Historic use and contamination of real property
  • Reporting and notification requirements

When necessary, our environmental team works with attorneys in our corporate, tax, real estate, land use, zoning and municipal and litigation departments to ensure all aspects of our client’s issue are considered.

Our goal is to assist clients in solving their environmental challenges without the need for litigation; but when called for, we bring a rare level of experience and skills to the courtroom. Our attorneys are extremely well versed in all aspects of environmental law. Several of them also have bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the sciences, environmental science and land use planning. Their training and experience enable them to go “toe-to-toe” with experts in court on the most complex technical issues.

Professionals

Charlotte A. Biblow

Environmental

Partner
Uniondale

Anthony S. Guardino

Land Use & Municipal

Partner
Hauppauge

John C. Armentano

Land Use & Municipal

Counsel
Hauppauge

Eric Bregman

Land Use & Municipal

Counsel
Water Mill

Erin A. Sidaras

Land Use & Municipal

Counsel
Hauppauge

Elizabeth E. Vail

Land Use & Municipal

Counsel
Water Mill

Articles & Advisories

Hidden hazards

Charlotte Biblow, partner, is quoted in this article. What you don’t know can hurt you. That’s one of the takeaways…

October 17, 2018

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Looking to the Ocean for Power, And a Problem

In recent months, New York State has taken a number of significant steps forward toward the state’s previously announced goal…

September 27, 2018

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Strict Compliance with SEQRA: A Mandate Courts Enforce

When local governments fail to meet all of the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act, courts will reject…

September 27, 2018

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State’s Battle Against Firefighting Foam Intensifies

A new lawsuit, letters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to Superfund and brownfield sites across…

July 26, 2018

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The Comprehensive Plan’s Essential Role in Zoning

A zoning regulation that is not adopted in accordance with a comprehensive plan is vulnerable to a court challenge. One…

July 26, 2018

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So, Where Is the Promised Disclosure Program for Household Cleaning Products?

State Environmental Regulation In his 2017 State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the…

May 24, 2018

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Are Schools Exempt from Local Zoning Regulations?

The Appellate Division, Third Department, recently issued a decision rejecting a public school’s contention that it was not subject to…

May 24, 2018

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N.Y. Village Discriminated Against Proposed Rabbinical College, Court Rules

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has decided that several laws passed by the upstate…

March 28, 2018

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Cuomo Budget Proposal Threatens Brownfield Cleanup Program

Tucked into the fiscal year 2019 budget released on January 16 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is a proposal that,…

March 22, 2018

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NYS Environmental Law: Working Through New York City’s E-Designation Program

On occasion, this column focuses on an environmental program or issue that impacts particular regions or municipalities, rather than on…

January 25, 2018

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News

Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services – Charlotte Biblow

Reprinted with permission by Long Island Business News, July 31-August 6 issue. Charlotte A. Biblow is a partner at Farrell…

September 01, 2015

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Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services

October 28, 2011

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Press Releases

30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 13, 2018

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American Heart Association to Honor Farrell Fritz Partner Charlotte Biblow at 2018 LI Go Red for Women Luncheon

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that Charlotte A. Biblow will be honored by the American Heart Association at their…

December 08, 2017

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31 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 31 attorneys selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 20, 2017

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 21, 2016

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 16, 2015

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Farrell Fritz Attorneys to Receive Long Island Business News’ “2014 Leadership in Law” Awards

Farrell Fritz warmly congratulates Charlotte A. Biblow, Heather P. Harrison and Robert M. Harper on being selected to receive Long…

October 03, 2014

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys named to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 23, 2014

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Rachel A. Scelfo of Farrell Fritz Appointed to The Art League of Long Island’s Board of Directors

Congratulations to Rachel A. Scelfo on her recent appointment to The Art League of Long Island’s (ALLI) board of directors.…

March 26, 2014

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Farrell Fritz Attorneys Appointed to Board of Touro Law Center’s Newly-Formed Institute on Land Use and Sustainable Development Law

Farrell Fritz attorneys Anthony S. Guardino and Erin A. Sidaras have recently been appointed to the board of Touro Law…

October 07, 2013

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Farrell Fritz Partner Charlotte A. Biblow Elected President of the Board of Directors of Sustainable Long Island

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that partner Charlotte A. Biblow has recently been elected President of the board of…

August 05, 2013

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Pro Bono

Keeping L.I. Green while Saving Sustainable Long Island Some Green

Sustainable Long Island is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996 by a diverse group of stakeholders in the Long Island…

August 15, 2011

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Helping The Unisphere Foundation Beautify the City

The Unisphere Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation that was founded in 2003 and operates out of Queens, New York. Its…

August 11, 2011

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