Land Use and Development

Extensive experience in SEQRA and permitting on behalf of developers and municipalities enables us to successfully navigate the land use and project review process.

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Young/Sommer LLC is a recognized leader in environmental and energy law in New York. Our attorneys’ decades of experience in private practice and State government allow us to understand the challenges facing small businesses, municipalities, large corporations and individuals. Our knowledge and skill in environmental law puts us at the forefront of our field, ensuring that we deliver the best and most cost-effective advice.

Young/Sommer has been ranked for twelve consecutive years among the top ten New York State environmental law firms by Chambers USA, for the leading lawyers for businesses.  Dean Sommer and Kevin Young have been consistently listed as top New York State environmental lawyers in the Chambers review and Mr. Sommer is listed among the top four “Leading Individuals” in environmental law.

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Kenneth S. RitzenbergKenneth S. Ritzenberg

Kenneth S. Ritzenberg maintains an extensive education law practice. His primary focus is special education, and he has represented over 20 school districts and hundreds of families in administrative proceedings and in federal court throughout New York State. He is the founder of the Capital District Special Education Breakfast Group. … Read More

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Environmental Regulatory Update – June 2017

Trump withdraws from Paris Agreement; DEC proposes new dry cleaning emission standards; Governor announces methane reduction plan … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – May 2017

Legislature enacts drinking water and related initiatives in budget bill; DEC seeks comment on cleansing product ingredient disclosure program; revised BCP application guidance available for review … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – April 2017

Executive order rolls back Obama administration climate change initiatives; DEC proposes changes to radioactive materials rule; updated MSGP stormwater permit available for review; DEC seeks comment on updated New York Environmental Leaders policy … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – March 2017

DEC proposes major changes to SEQRA regulations; DOH proposes drinking water rule updates; DEC accepts comment on water withdrawal guidance document … Read More

Environmental Regulatory Update – February 2017

Presidential transition affects EPA rulemaking activities; EPA proposes key TSCA implementation rules; major changes to RMP rules adopted … Read More