Elizabeth graduated from Harvard Law School in 1999, joined SPR in 2000, and has been a principal since 2010. Elizabeth’s practice involves environmental impact assessment and litigation under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). She defends land use and other determinations made by municipal and state agencies when legal challenges are filed on environmental grounds. Elizabeth advises developers and other entities with respect to environmental permitting and enforcement actions, and negotiates on their behalf with governmental agencies, particularly in the areas of wetlands and marine work. Elizabeth’s broad litigation experience also includes matters relating to environmental permitting standards, environmental contamination, administrative law, and contractual provisions.
Queens West Development Corporation
SPR represents Queens West Development Corporation (QWDC), a subsidiary of New York State's Empire State Development (ESD), in connection with New York's largest mixed use public-private development. During the early planning stages of this major initiative to redevelop a 74-acre area of the Long Island City waterfront, the firm provided environmental and land use counsel to the Urban Development Corporation (now d/b/a ESD) in connection with development of the General Project Plan and the environmental impact statement (EIS) process. It subsequently represented ESD in successfully defeating litigation challenging the adequacy of the EIS. The firm has handled all waterfront permitting issues for the development of parks and the waterfront esplanade, which involved obtaining permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and other agencies.The firm recently represented QWDC over CERCLA action for response costs and settled. The firm assists in connection with all aspects of remediation of legacy contamination from the area's long and varied industrial uses, including remedies under auspices of either the State's Voluntary Cleanup Program or the Brownfield Cleanup Program, recently representing QWDC in a case over response costs. The litigation recently settled.
Columbia University Manhattanville Expansion
New Hope Power Company
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality v. Bloomberg
Victoria Theatre Redevelopment
2800 Hylan Blvd., LLC v. Motiva Enterprises
Muss Development – Prince’s Point
SPR represented Muss Development Corporation with respect to a proposed large-scale residential development on Prince's Point, which borders Staten Island. Shortly after Muss purchased the property, it was discovered to be seriously contaminated with hazardous wastes from historic uses, resulting in its listing as an Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site under the State Superfund Program. SPR provided legal advice pertaining to the remediation of the site, which took many years to complete, and then provided representation concerning State Tidal and Freshwater Wetlands permitting and associated environmental issues.
Bronx Terminal Market
SPR represented the Related Companies' affiliate Related Retail Corporation with respect to the proposed redevelopment of the current site of the Bronx Terminal Market on the Harlem River, as a large-scale retail facility including a hotel. SPR provided legal advice with respect to the site's participation in the Brownfield Cleanup Program, into which the project was accepted in late 2004. SPR also advised the client with respect to waterfront permitting issues and other environmental matters.
Hudson River Park
Sive, Paget & Riesel represented the Hudson River Park Trust (and predecessor entities) in connection with the environmental review conducted in connection with the development of the Hudson River Park in Manhattan. SPR served as environmental counsel in connection with the Environmental Impact Statement required for the Park, and worked with State and local agencies in connection with the development of this exciting new park along the Hudson River waterfront.
The firm continues to serve as counsel to the Hudson River Park Trust as it implements its overall plan for the park. In a recent litigation, Sane Energy Project v. Hudson River Park Trust (New York County Supreme Court), SPR obtained dismissal, on federal preemption grounds, of SEQRA challenge to HRPT’s lease allowing the installation of a natural gas pipeline under the Park.
New York Yankees
Sive, Paget & Reisel represented the New York Yankees in connection with the development of the new Yankee stadium in the Bronx. The project also included the construction of additional parking facilities, and the creation of new parkland and recreational facilities at and in the immediate vicinity of the existing stadium, as well as along the Harlem River waterfront. The firm successfully defended the New York Yankees in the lawsuit that challenged the environmental review and parkland aspect of this project.
Bayonne Bridge Navigational Clearance Program
Willets Point Development Project
Pier 57 Redevelopment
“Soil Vapor Intrusion in the Workplace,” co-written with Steven C. Russo
For: New York Law Journal
“Defending Citizen Suits,” co-written with Daniel Riesel and Steven C. Russo
For: 47 Chemical Waste Litigation Reporter 708
“Defense Perspectives on Environmental Citizen Suits,” co-written with Steven C. Russo
For: X Widener L. Rev. 395
“Litigating the Administrative Law Case,” co-written with Daniel Riesel
For: 22 EPA Admin. L. Reporter 175
“Views Vary on Environmental Justice – Communities Try to Use Federal Laws to Keep Out Polluting Facilities,” co-written with Steven C. Russo
For: New York Law Journal