Bob focuses on state and local economic development incentives, state and local tax issues and dispute resolution, and corporate, not-for-profit and municipal law. Bob has extensive experience in representing quasi-governmental entities such as industrial development agencies, local development corporations and State and local public authorities. Bob actively serves as general counsel to public authorities and not-for-profit corporations, and has represented commercial developers obtaining various economic development and tax incentives. He counseled the renewables developer who filed the first ever solar-only Article 10 project at the New York State Public Service Commission on real property tax incentives to maximize the economic viability of the project. Bob has experience with corporate governance and structuring, regulatory compliance, financing, leasing and matters related to real estate development.
Prior to joining Harris Beach, Bob served as assistant counsel to Governor George E. Pataki. He advised the governor and senior staff on major economic development initiatives, and drafted and negotiated the governor’s Program Bills, including Empire Zones Reauthorization, Public Authorities and Industrial Development Agency Reform. Bob was general counsel to the New York State Department of Economic Development before serving as the governor’s assistant counsel. He advised the department’s commissioner on statewide economic development programs and represented the department at public hearings and at meetings with business and community groups. Bob began his New York state government career in 1997 with the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform. Prior to entering law school, Bob was a financial analyst and student loan program coordinator at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also was an equity syndicate associate with First Albany Corporation.