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Oyster Bay councilman's law firm no longer represents developer

Chris J. Coschignano has joined the Uniondale firm

Chris J. Coschignano has joined the Uniondale firm of Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker as partner. Before joining the firm, the Muttowntown resident was a partner at Jaspan Schlesinger in Garden City. (September 2010) Credit: Handout

The law firm of Oyster Bay Councilman Chris Coschignano no longer represents the developer behind a proposed $22 million assisted-living facility in Jericho, town officials said, eliminating a potential conflict of interest.

The project, a 97,000-square-foot development adjacent to Jericho middle and high schools as proposed by the Garden City-based Engel Burman Group, ultimately requires town board approval.

Coschignano had abstained last month from the most recent vote concerning the facility, a requirement that the project undergo a rigorous environmental review.

The firm where he is a partner, Uniondale-based Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, stopped representing Engel Burman in mid-October, town spokeswoman Marta Kane said yesterday.

“He [Coschignano] didn’t want his constituency to feel that they couldn’t come and speak to him about the application,” she said. “He didn’t want to be involved in an application that could potentially divide the community.”

Engel Burman is now represented by Woodbury-based attorney Anthony J. Cincotta, who yesterday said he took on the new client “a couple weeks ago.”

Alisha Reiben, president of the Jericho Joint Council of PTAs, and one of several community members who oppose the development, said Coschignano did the right thing.

“It was a good move on the part of his firm,” she said.

Photo: Coschignano


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