GOVERNMENT RELATIONS CASE STUDY
Understand The Need
Co-op City management was going through some capital improvements and wanted to know if they were eligible for a tax abatement program based on their $7M+ construction project.
Co-Op City’s tax abatement specialist informed them that they were only eligible for approximately $300,000 with a fast-approaching deadline.
ISSUES & CHALLENGES
working with NYC Department Of Housing Preservation & Development
Getting the Lay of the land
DHC was engaged to examine the law and provide a legal opinion.
Building the Team
Bringing together our Government Relations, Land Use & Zoning and Administrative Law practice teams we conducted research and determined that the client’s tax specialist was correct — based on the way the legislation was enacted.
Setting Realistic Expectations
The discovery revealed that the state law ‘as drafted’ did not recognize the way large developments are constructed and interconnected. And the client was informed that the odds of winning both were not impossible, but extremely rare and difficult.
“When hired to accomplish this mission, we approached City Hall and then the Department of Housing Preservation & Development. After a period of meetings, discussions and memos we convinced them that a change was needed and that the fastest doable path for such a change was through passing an amended city regulation as it would be completely in the spirit of what the state legislature intended in the initial tax abatement legislation.”
Arthur Goldstein, NYC Government Relations Chair, DHC
Developing The Plan
Creating Convincing Arguments
In order to be included in the tax abatement program, NYS law and possibly NYC regulations would have to be amended to clearly recognize Co-op City’s fact pattern.
We advised the client that the government would have to be convinced that our suggested amendment is good public policy, and City officials would have to make such a change retroactive to allow Co-op City to make a submission after the deadline passed.
Putting the Plan in Place
We approach City Hall and then the Department of Housing Preservation and Development persuasively advocating and presenting our ideas, solutions and strategies.