Practice Area

Environmental Impact Review/Permitting

Government-Sponsored Developments

Sive, Paget & Riesel is regularly trusted by public sponsors of large commercial, retail, residential and industrial development projects to supervise the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and assessments under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), permitting and litigation. Our attorneys have served as environmental counsel on projects such as the Brooklyn Bridge Park, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Development Corporation, JFK Rail Link sponsored by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Javits Convention Center, sponsored by the New York State Urban Development Corporation and the Javits Convention Center expansion, the South Street Seaport development, the Hunters Point Waterfront Redevelopment Project and the Willets Point Redevelopment Project, sponsored by the City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. The Firm also serves as environmental counsel to the Long Island Power Authority, where its project work has included the environmental review for an electric transmission project on the East End of Long Island. Our attorneys served as environmental counsel to the New York State Thruway Authority in connection with Tappan Zee Bridge/I-287 Corridor Project, and for the Hudson Yards Development Corporation in connection with the redevelopment of the Hudson Yards on the far west side of Manhattan.

Private Commercial Developments

We represent private developers throughout the country in the environmental review and permitting processes and, if necessary, in subsequent litigation. Our experience includes large urban projects such as New York City’s Metrotech Center, Riverside South as well as handling the expansion of the U.S.T.A.’s National Tennis Center and construction of the New Yankee Stadium. Our lawyers also have experience with large suburban projects including planned unit development in Newburgh and Montgomery New York and the Milford Senior Housing Project in Port Washington, New York.

In New York City, we have unparalleled experience in shepherding projects through the review and approval process on properties subject to E-Designations under the New York City Zoning Resolution.  As part of this practice, we work closely with environmental engineers, architects, mechanical engineers and air modeling experts to meet City regulatory requirements for environmental investigations and implementation of remedial plans addressing air quality, noise and hazardous materials.


Our attorneys regularly analyze proposed project permitting requirements, and interface with regulators at the national, state and local level to assist clients with permit applications, modifications, renewals and compliance for a range of environmental permitting schemes.  We have unparalleled expertise in obtaining permits for general construction projects, industrial facilities, including air, solid waste and other types of permits for a range of industries, including co-generation facilities, coal slurry projects, refineries, PCB-reclamation companies and wastewater treatment plants.

We have extensive experience navigating the numerous federal, state, and local statutes and regulations which govern wetlands and water quality issues, including stormwater. Whether obtaining coverage under a general stormwater permit for a construction site or evaluating a proposed project’s potential impacts on tidal or freshwater wetlands, our attorneys are deeply knowledgeable in this area, and have substantial experience working with the relevant governmental agencies.

Development And Land Use

Pier 57 Redevelopment

Location: New York, NY | Date: 2014

As counsel to the Hudson River Park Trust, the firm assisted in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the redevelopment of Pier 57 in Hudson River Park, resulting in approval of the project by the New York City Planning Commission and City Council.
Municipal Law

Atlantic Yards – Barclays Center

Location: Brooklyn, NY | Date: 2008

SPR represented the Empire State Development Corporation, which was lead agency for the environmental review of Forest City Ratner Companies proposal to develop the Barclays Center, a new basketball arena for the Nets, along with a major mixed-use development, in downtown Brooklyn. SPR worked with the project team to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement for this project.
Development And Land Use
Environmental Review
Permitting and Litigation for Government-Sponsored Developments

The Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge

Location: Westchester, NY | Date: 2014

Sive, Paget & Riesel represented the New York State Thruway Authority, which together with the Metro North Railroad, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, undertook the Tappan Zee Bridge/I287 Corridor environmental review. This process addressed the possible replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge. The Firm advised the Project Sponsors with regard to the environmental review of the proposal pursuant to both NEPA and SEQRA, as well as to environmental permitting and related requirements.

“Clean Water Act Issues and Environmental Impact Review”

For: PLI’s Environmental Regulation, New York, NY

June 2016

“Environmental Law: Developments in the Law of SEQRA”

For: Syracuse Law Review


“Accelerated Environmental Review of Infrastructure Projects”

For: NYSBA Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting

January 2013

“Improving Community Character Analysis in the SEQRA Environmental Impact Review Process: A Cultural Landscape Approach to Defining the Elusive “Community Character”

For: 17 New York University Environmental Law Journal 1194