David Sloane, a Patchogue real estate attorney, helped introduce the concept of mixed-use developments of apartments, shops and offices to downtown communities in Suffolk County.
Sloane died June 28 after an extended illness. He was 77.
Sloane's colleagues and family members remembered him Tuesday as a tireless advocate of progressive land use, providing affordable housing within walking distance of restaurants and theaters. He was a familiar figure at Brookhaven Town zoning hearings, easily recognizable by his 6-foot-3 frame, trimmed goatee and eyeglasses perched on his forehead.
"He touched most of the projects here in town," said Paul Pontieri, the Patchogue Village mayor who began working with Sloane soon after taking office in 2004. "He understood that his job was not just getting stuff built, but getting the right stuff built and getting it in the right place."
In a region where downtown apartment complexes were once a rarity, Sloane was something of a pioneer. One of his major accomplishments was helping negotiate construction of The New Village at Patchogue, a development combining 291 apartments with 50,000 square feet of retail space and 20,000 square feet of office space.
Sloane also contributed to the development of Copper Beech, a condominium project in Patchogue where 50 percent of units were set aside for buyers of modest income. He helped negotiate two mixed-use developments still to be built in Ronkonkoma and Lindenhurst, as well as two others planned for Hempstead Village and Glen Cove in Nassau County.
"He was the architect of progressive land-use planning," said Bernard Hyman, managing partner of the Hauppauge law firm of Certilman Balin.
Sloane became a senior partner at Certilman Balin, after his own firm of Mars, Sloane & Conlon merged with the other company 13 years ago.
Sloane's sharp sense of humor was well known. In June of last year, the TRITEC Development Group, which built New Village in downtown Patchogue, honored both Pontieri and Sloane by naming local streets after them at an opening ceremony.
Sloane, when his turn came to speak, thanked the developers, then added, "I'm going to send you the bill anyway."
David A. Sloane was born March 15, 1938, in Brooklyn, and moved to Patchogue with his family as a young child. He attended local schools, graduating from Patchogue High School in 1955.
Sloane graduated from Tufts University with a bachelor of arts degree in 1960, and from New York University with a juris doctor in 1963 and a master of laws in taxation in 1967.
He served as president of the Patchogue Lions Club, and as a board member of Brookhaven Memorial Hospital and Brookhaven Roe YMCA of Long Island.
An avid boater, Sloane owned a 45-foot Sea Ray motor yacht and a 27-foot Everglades fishing boat, and often took his family cruising to Block Island.
"He was the captain, I was the first mate and the children were the crew," said his wife, Emily Sloane.
In addition to his wife, Sloane is survived by three sons, Richard Sloane of New Paltz, Peter Sloane, who lives in New Jersey, and Matthew Sloane, of Brooklyn; a daughter, Samantha Kress, of Patchogue; a stepson, Spencer Lee, of Patchogue; and eight grandchildren and step-grandchildren.