Environmental Law

Counseling clients on environmental compliance, permitting, remediation, and litigation
Our Approach

We guide municipalities and private parties through all aspects of State and Federal environmental investigation and remediation processes. This includes negotiation of complex consent decrees and administrative orders, coordinating remediation in a timely and cost-efficient manner, and litigating multi-party cost recovery actions. We also assist our clients through the application process for available tax credits under the NYS Brownfield Cleanup Program. Our attorneys work with our clients’ engineers and environmental consultants to obtain permits from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, United States Army Corps of Engineers, and other regulatory agencies.

What We Do

  • CERCLA and NYS Navigation Law
  • Voluntary cleanup programs
  • Negotiated cleanup agreements
  • Brownfield development
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Superfund litigation
  • Transactional due diligence
  • Administrative proceedings
  • Civil and criminal enforcement actions
  • Securing natural resource, wetland, stormwater, and other permits
  • Obtaining solid waste management and mined land reclamation permits
Recent News
Z&S Partners David Cooper and Jody Cross have secured another favorable decision in the second of two lawsuits filed on behalf of the Hampshire County Club against the Village of Mamaroneck Planning Board concerning a proposal to develop 105 homes and a 9-hole golf course on the Club’s property. In June 2020, Hampshire filed an...
On October 26, 2022, the Appellate Division, Second Department issued a decision in Jaffe v. French-American School of New York, Inc. (Index No. 51577/2018), affirming Zarin & Steinmetz’s argument on behalf of the French-American School of New York (“FASNY”) that a nearly one-hundred year old restrictive covenant purporting to prohibit “institutions” did not prohibit the...
Z&S secured approvals from the Village of New Hempstead Board of Trustees in connection with a proposed Seasons Express convenience store, a 100% kosher convenience store and an affiliate to the national Seasons grocery store chain. In October 2022, the Village Board of Trustees granted Seasons Express’s application for a special use permit to allow...