Panel Includes Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP attorneys Bob Ponzini and Denise Cossu recently prevailed on behalf of the firm’s clients, The City of New Rochelle and its Deputy Commissioner of Buildings in which the plaintiff alleged that his Constitutional rights were violated when the City revoked the Certificate of Occupancy on a multi-family residence owned by the plaintiff. In its November 16, 2012 decision in Ceja v. Vacca et al the unanimous three Judge panel agreed with Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP that the plaintiff had failed to exhaust remedies available to him at the municipal level and that he was also unable to establish that he possessed a Constitutionally protected interest in the Certificate of Occupancy.
The firm had initially prevailed in the District Court winning a dismissal and then defeated plaintiff’s appeal in the Appeals Court. Of note, the Appeals Court panel included Sandra Day O’Connor the retired Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP attorneys have extensive experience representing both municipalities and private clients in transactional and litigated zoning, land use and permitting matters. We are able to draw on the insight of our land use and municipal law attorneys to provide effective representation dealing with all aspects of such matters both at the municipal level and in the courts.