|John N. Vagianelis|
|Richard J. Sherwood|
|Nancy M. Greene|
|Stephen M. Minardi|
|Thomas G. Mazzotta|
|John F. Hayko|
Mr. Mazzotta is a graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School. Mr. Mazzotta also is a Certified Public Accountant. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987.
Mr. Mazzotta’s practice is concentrated in the commercial real estate development, commercial leasing, joint venture developments, commercial transactions, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and tax areas. He has substantial experience handling a variety of complex real estate transactions and joint venture commercial developments, and estate planning matters, and has represented clients in numerous business acquisitions and sales involving varied industries.
Mr. Mazzotta is a member of the Albany County and New York State Bar Associations (Member, Sections on Real Estate and Taxation) and the American Bar Association (Member, Real Estate and Taxation).
Mr. Mazzotta also is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Vagianelis received his preparatory education from Colgate University, 1994, A.B. (Cum Laude), and received his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, 1996, J.D. (Cum Laude). He was admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court, Northern District of New York in 1997. Mr. Vagianelis is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (Real Property Law, Municipal Law and Business Law Sections), New York State Association For Affordable Housing, Albany County Bar Association and New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association.
Mr. Vagianelis concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate finance and development, municipal finance and general business law with a special emphasis on mortgage financing and letter-of-credit enhancement for affordable housing transactions, including tax-exempt bond transactions and Freddie Mac multi-family financings and other government subsidized mortgage lending programs.
He represents commercial and not-for-profit lenders and developers in a variety of multi-family housing transactions, including acquisition, construction and permanent loan financings with the New York State Housing Finance Agency, New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York City Housing Development Corporation and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and also serves as bond counsel and special counsel to a variety of municipalities for municipal finance, zoning and real property law matters.
Mr. Vagianelis also has experience with payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreements, Real Property Tax Law Section 581-a matters, Article 78 proceedings, zoning enforcement and administration, the creation of municipal water and sewer districts, the creation of redevelopment companies under the Private Housing Finance Law, federal low-income and historic tax credit enhanced financings, tax-exempt bond financings, state-assisted financings and condominium offerings.
Mr. Vagianelis has successfully defended corporations and corporate officers before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York State Insurance Department concerning real property transfer and gains tax liabilities, payroll withholding tax liability, and licensing issues. Additionally, he has represented corporate and municipal clients in real property tax certiorari proceedings and Article 78 proceedings, prepared appellate briefs and argued such appeals before New York’s appellate courts.
Mr. Sherwood is a graduate of Colgate University (B.A., 1982), New York University Graduate School of Business Administration (M.S., Accounting, 1983) and Albany Law School (J.D., 1987). Prior to practicing law, he was associated with the accounting firm of Deloitte, Haskins & Sells in New York City. He was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1987 and the New York State Bar in 1988. Mr. Sherwood also is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, The United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Sherwood’s practice is concentrated in the probate, estate planning, elder law, municipal law, real property and corporate areas. He has substantial experience handling a variety of complex probate and estate planning matters, as well as planning for the disabled and elderly. He has advised both individual and corporate clients on tax matters, including audits, appeals and litigation before the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing authorities. He has considerable experience representing lenders, builders, developers and individuals in a variety of real property matters. Mr. Sherwood also is experienced in commercial and real property tax assessment matters, condemnation and eviction proceedings.
Mr. Sherwood is a member of: the Albany County Bar Association; the New York State Bar Association (Member, Sections on Trusts and Estates, Elder Law, Real Property and Taxation); the Massachusetts Bar Association (Member, Section on Taxation); the District of Columbia Bar Association; and the American Bar Association (Member, Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust and Taxation). He also is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York and the New York State Magistrates Association.
Mr. Sherwood is currently a Town Justice in the Town of Guilderland. Prior to becoming Town Justice, he was the long-time Town Attorney and Town Prosecutor for the Town of Guilderland. He is also the former Vice Chairman of the Albany County Airport Authority and the former Chairman of the Albany County Ethics Commission, as well as a former Law Clerk to the Hon. Daniel H. Prior, Jr., Justice, New York State Supreme Court for the Third Judicial District and to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York.
Ms. Greene is a graduate of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Syracuse University School of Management (M.B.A.) and Syracuse University College of Law (Magna Cum Laude). She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1983.
Ms. Greene’s practice is concentrated in the area of state and federal tax law, including advising clients in various complex tax matters and advising non-profit and tax-exempt organizations.
Ms. Greene is a member of the Albany County Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
Stephen M. Minardi is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, B.S., 2011, magna cum laude, and Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., 2016, magna cum laude.
Steve is admitted to practice in New York State and his practice concentrates in the areas of real estate finance and development, affordable housing and community development law, municipal finance and general business law.
John F. Hayko is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame (double B.A., 1984) and Albany Law School (J.D., 1987, cum laude). He was admitted to practice in New York State and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 1988. John is a member of the New York State Bar Association (including the Elder Law and Special Needs Section) and the Albany County Bar Association and presently serves on the board of directors of The South End Improvement Corporation, a not-for-profit neighborhood preservation corporation. He is also a member of Metroland Business Executives and Business Networks International (BNI), Albany Metro Chapter.
Between 1992 and 2016, John was a partner/member of Mancini and Hayko, P.C., formerly located at the intersection of Western Avenue and State Farm Road in Guilderland, and had the pleasure and honor of practicing law with a virtual icon of Guilderland, Ralph G. Mancini, who passed away in late 2015. John continues to serve clients Ralph assisted and represented over the course of his fifty-three year law career.
John’s practice is wide-ranging, with a concentration in Surrogate’s Court (probate) practice, estate and generational planning, and planning for the needs of the elderly and disabled. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real property, be in transactional (residential purchases and sales to the municipal approval, acquisition and financing of large-scale residential projects) or confrontational (adverse possession and other “quiet title” litigation). John has also represented clients in developing and constructing affordable housing, and in so doing has worked closely with the Albany Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity.
John has represented landowners and neighborhood groups before a variety of municipal land use tribunals throughout the Capital Region, and has considerable experience in Article 78 municipal litigation relating to land use decisions. Finally, John assists in the formation of new business entities and counsels several local businesses concentrating in the purchase and sale of antiquities and other collectibles.
Ms. Willig is a graduate of Cardozo Law School and Cornell University. She was admitted to the NYS Bar and United States District Court for the Southern District of NY in 1984.
Ms. Willig spent more than 20 years in public service as an attorney focusing on housing development and public finance. Additionally, she has worked in the private sector as an attorney and consultant on real estate, public finance, and construction issues in New York and in New Orleans. She has significant experience in bond finance and real estate issues related to the development of affordable housing; large, complex, mixed income and mixed use projects; and projects involving multiple government and private sources of funds. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about housing finance both in NYS and at the national level, including intimate understanding of how those programs intersect with private financing tools.
Ms. Willig is also an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Architecture, Master’s of Sustainable Real Estate Development program, where she teaches Legal Issues in Real Estate Development.
Brian E. Lawlor
Brian E. Lawlor’s practice focuses on affordable housing and housing finance to which he offers deep industry knowledge and contacts as well as firsthand government experience. He has advised and represented private developers, not for profit organizations, state and local governments across the nation.
Mr. Lawlor has more than 25 years of successful senior level experience in planning, designing and implementing revitalization and development programs and developments in urban, rural and suburban communities that have created new housing and businesses and have preserved existing housing and businesses. As a chief executive, Mr. Lawlor has led and transformed the operations of large and small organizations in diverse parts of the United States.
Mr. Lawlor has hands on experience with every major housing and community development program, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit; CDBG; Disaster Recovery CDBG; CDBG 108 loans; HOME; NSP; Weatherization; HOPWA; ESG; Consolidated Plans; Historic and Environmental Reviews; Section 8; Public Housing Redevelopment; and Mortgage Revenue Bonds.
Mr. Lawlor served as the City of New Orleans’ Director of Housing Policy and Community Development as a member of the Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu’s administration. Over a three-year period, he developed housing and community development policies that guided the strategic investment of resources to accomplish the rebuilding and revitalization of neighborhoods throughout the City of New Orleans.
Previously, Mr. Lawlor was the Commissioner/CEO of all New York State’s housing agencies, collectively known as New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He successfully designed and led the initiative to consolidate all housing finance, development and regulatory agencies and policies under a single management structure in order to align resources and streamline the delivery of housing services and financing throughout the State.
Mr. Lawlor earned a juris doctor degree from New York Law School and a bachelor of arts from Hofstra University. He is admitted to practice by the New York State Bar Association.