Special Municipal Counsel

Guiding municipalities and IDAs through complex redevelopments and public-private partnerships, including the use of eminent domain
Our Approach

Z&S serves as Special Counsel to municipalities and IDAs throughout the lower Hudson Valley and on Long Island on economic revitalization projects to transform downtowns, waterfronts, and other underutilized or blighted properties. We guide these efforts from the RFP stage to construction and through project implementation. These projects typically present issues related to land acquisition and disposition, Brownfield redevelopment, urban renewal, public amenities/infrastructure, PILOTs, affordable/workforce housing, zoning, planning and land use, and compliance with SEQRA and other environmental laws and regulations. Our role in these projects often includes assisting our municipal clients on the exercise of eminent domain, from the “public use” determination to serving as trial and appellate counsel on claims for additional compensation.

Z&S also assists municipalities in drafting and enacting new zoning and environmental regulations. We also serve as outside litigation counsel, defending municipal ordinances and determinations against Article 78 challenges, declaratory judgments, and land use civil rights claims.

What We Do


  • “Public Use” determinations and SEQRA compliance
  • Prepare valuations and advance payment offers
  • Trial and Appellate Counsel on claims for additional compensation regarding land and fixtures
  • EDPL 701 Claims



  • Land Disposition Agreements and Development Agreements
  • PILOTs, bond financing, and other public financial assistance
  • Drafting of zoning laws to facilitate traditional, transit-oriented, form based, and other development



  • PUD and other master plan, site plan and land use applications
  • State and County Agencies
  • State and Federal litigation and appeals
Recent News
Representing the purchasers, David Steinmetz and Jacob Amir closed on our clients’ multi-million acquisition of the Kohlberg Estate in Westchester, a 200 acre residential property with a working farm, staff residences, workshop and barn, a lake and other expansive scenic features. The transaction began with extensive negotiations toward a contract of sale with multiple riders,...
The City of Yonkers Zoning Board of Appeals approved variances sought by Z&S Partners Jacob Amir and Daniel Richmond on behalf of our client, who is seeking to develop a seven-story residential building with 36 apartments, off-street parking spaces, open space, and access points from two parallel streets. With design and engineering consulting participation from...
Jacob Amir obtained a favorable decision in the Appellate Division, Second Department, which affirmed a decision after trial in the Westchester County Supreme Court. The trial Court decision granted judgment to Z&S’s clients, who are shareholders of a corporation seeking to restore its ownership interest in a large developable residential parcel. After substituting into the action...