Sue has helped government, private and nonprofit entities on real estate development, rebuilding, renovations and other improvements to or investments in real property. She counsels on compliance with zoning, landmarks, historic preservation, environmental review and permitting requirements; public review and government approval of development proposals, including zoning changes and variances; negotiation of development, design, and construction contracts; and government grants, charitable funding and donor agreements. Sue also handles property acquisitions and conveyances, including deeds, easements, leases and the transfer of development rights (so called "air rights"), and the negotiation of mixed-use condominium structures. She advises on both community and regulatory matters—from public hearings to agency requirements—and translates for clients the fundamentals of the world of acronyms she works in: ULURP, SEQRA/CEQR, SHPO, BSA, PDC, CCG, PAAA/PARA, NEPA, FOIL, ACRIS, etc. When necessary she works with litigation counsel to defend project approvals.
Sue also advises clients in forming small and special-purpose corporations, including tax-exempt, NY not-for-profit corporations, conservancies and public authorities. One of Sue's areas of focus is the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act (NPRA), and she has written and lectured extensively on the subject. She counsels on nonprofit governance matters, collaborations, contracts and fundamental transactions such as substantial asset transfers, mergers and dissolution, including obtaining necessary state agency, attorney general or court approvals.