Frank Chaney focuses his practice in real estate, specializing in zoning, land use and environmental law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chaney was associated with another New York City law firm. He has represented real estate developers, corporations, banks, hospitals, universities and not-for-profit organizations throughout New York City, for whom he has successfully obtained zoning map and text amendments, special permits, authorizations, certifications and variances. Mr. Chaney is also experienced in zoning lot mergers, light and air easements and development rights transfers. He has appeared before the City Planning Commission, the Board of Standards and Appeals, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Departments of Buildings, Environmental Protection, Transportation and Housing Preservation and Development.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Chaney served for 17 years in various capacities with the City of New York, including Assistant Commissioner for Real Estate Services in the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Deputy Director in the Department of City Planning, where he worked in the Zoning, Land Use, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island Offices. He also served as the Director of Land Use for the Staten Island Borough President and as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Mr. Chaney has lectured on urban planning before the American Planning Association, the Building Industry Association of New York City and at the Newman Real Estate Institute at Baruch College.
Bar and Court Admissions
New York, 2006
New York Law School, J.D., 2005
New York University, B.A., cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1988
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York – Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee, 2005-2008; New York City Affairs Committee, 2009-Present
New York State Bar Association – Real Estate and Environmental Law Sections
American Bar Association – Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
American Planning Association