Daniel A. Spitzer

Mr. Spitzer concentrates his practice in a variety of issues affecting municipalities. He brings a strong background in municipal affairs from an earlier era in his career, when he served as finance director for a sizeable city in Arizona. Mr. Spitzer's general municipal practice involves a wide area of services. He regularly counsels municipal clients on budgeting, leasing, environmental, zoning, assessment, financial, and other matters. His litigation experience includes tax assessment matters, land use issues, financial matters, and other issues before administrative and judicial forums. He assists developers and communities in development projects, including obtaining financial assistance and complying with historic preservation guidelines. Mr. Spitzer has successfully represented clients in local governmental and judicial forums, including cases involving local zoning and development decisions. Mr. Spitzer has drafted laws for municipalities on issues ranging from enforcing zoning codes to regulations under the Telecommunications Act of 1996. He is well versed in the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act and has guided many communities through the environmental review process. He also counsels municipal clients on historic preservation issues, budgeting, assessment, condemnation, creation of water and sewer districts, and grant writing, among other matters.

His practice includes considerable work in areas concerning the valuation of property. He represents property owners and municipalities in condemnation proceedings and tax assessment challenges, from the initial filing of claims through trial. His clients include municipal redevelopment agencies, developers, and taxpayers throughout New York State.

Mr. Spitzer is involved in a variety of matters affecting the placement of telecommunications-industry facilities in local communities, including preparing applications, drafting local laws, guiding the environmental review process under the State Environmental Quality Review Act, and representing both the industry and communities on applications before zoning boards of appeals, planning boards, and other governing bodies. He has successfully litigated municipal telecommunication issues in both federal and state courts, including several issues of first impression in New York.

Contact Daniel A. Spitzer

Hodgson Russ LLP
140 Pearl Street
The Guaranty Building, Suite 100
Buffalo, New York  14202
Phone: 716.848.1420
Fax: 716.849.0349


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