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Gary Tarnoff's practice focuses on zoning, land use, landmarks and New York City administrative law.
Mr. Tarnoff has over 20 years of experience as a land use attorney representing developers, corporations, REITs, banks, medical institutions, universities, nursing homes, schools, museums, religious organizations and individuals in New York City land use matters. Mr. Tarnoff has served as land use counsel on a wide variety of development projects ranging in scale from large scale development projects and campus expansion and redevelopment to alterations and enlargements to individual town houses in historic districts. Mr. Tarnoff regularly represents clients at the City’s land use agencies including the City Council, the City Planning Commission, the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Department of Buildings and local Community Boards. He applies for and obtains discretionary land use approvals, including rezonings, special permits, variances, City map changes and large scale development authorizations. He also advises clients on site acquisition and assembly, development feasibility, zoning lot mergers and transfer of development rights. He performs land use due diligence for lenders and transactional real estate counsel.
He began his legal career at the New York City Corporation Counsel’s office. Over a 13 year period in that office, he rose to Deputy Chief of the Administrative Law Division, where he supervised over 40 attorneys and advised the Mayor’s Office and the City’s administrative agencies on land use, zoning and other regulatory matters.
Mr. Tarnoff is a well regarded lecturer on land use matters. He has taught CLE courses at the New York State Bar Association and for other organizations and has been a guest law school lecturer.
Mr. Tarnoff was recognized by Legal 500 US (2014-2016), Best Lawyers (2008-2017) and New York Super Lawyers (2006-2016). The New York Times recognized Mr. Tarnoff as one of the "Lawyers Who Mold the Shape of the City" in a 1996 article about New York City's leading land use attorneys.