2010 – Present (5 years) Niagara Falls, NY
Responsible for the continued development and leasing of the former nine story, 186.000 sq. ft., Occidental Chemical Headquarters Building in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. Now commonly known as the “One Niagara Center" & located at the foot of the International Rainbow Bridge, we have become Niagara Falls most visited “Welcome Center”. A family oriented tourist amenity Facility we host 900,000 visitors annually. Our management emphasis has been on expanding operations, resolving historical legal issues and expanding our leasing opportunities.
ATTORNEY AT LAW
1993 – Present (22 years) Western NY, Sarasota, FL, Ontario CAN
Responsible for extended negotiations with all levels of local and state governmental agencies regarding private sector development and land use/zoning issues; significant experience with institutional, quasi-public and joint venture lending and general commercial real estate transactions with in excess of $250,000,000.00 of transactional experience. Represent third party clients as well as personal holdings in the hotel and hospitality industry in Niagara Falls, New York. Additional emphasis in areas of immigration, corporate and construction law.
1988 – 1993 (5 years) Western New York
Experience with New York State Education law; direct client contact in areas of Criminal and Family law, construction litigation, bond financing and Corporate and Business law, Bankruptcy practice; extensive experience in the “work-out” of commercial, industrial and recreational developments while providing legal oversight of various commercial operations.
1994 – 2010 (14 years) Lewiston, NY
General Municipal law practice with heavy emphasis on contract and land use negotiations, specifically with the local, state and federal agencies and including the NYS Office of General Services, Empire State Development, NYS Department of Transportation, NYS Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, NYS Power Authority and the US Army Corp of Engineers. Responsible for obtaining funding and legal administration of the multi-million dollar Lewiston street-scape enhancement project and for the restructuring of the Village Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Board and Lewiston's Consolidated Police Department. Spearheaded negotiations with State agencies, including OGS and the Power Authority, to acquire from the State the entire municipal roadway infrastructure and other lands for the Village. Lead counsel dealing with private developers. Municipal Bond Counsel and Issuer’s Counsel in issuance of revenue anticipation notes, bond anticipation notes and long-term serial bonding.
1994 - 2010
Legal Advisor to the Lewiston Consolidated Police Department and Commission
Providing ad hoc pro bono legal support to the Police commission and Police Chief on a variety of legal matters, including union/labor issues, inter-municipal relations and liability concerns.
2004 - 2005
Executive Director - Niagara County Police Chief’s Association
Responsible for formation and operation of this non-profit organization representing each of Niagara County’s city, town and village police departments. Pro bono appointment.
2006 Adjunct Professor - Niagara University
Criminal Justice instructor, responsible for teaching criminal procedure and substantive criminal law.
1996 -1999 General Counsel - Niagara Falls Redevelopment Corp. (Predecessor to Niagara Falls Redevelopment LLC)
Directly responsible for formation of the Company and subsequent extended negotiations with all levels of local government relative to the privatization of City of Niagara Falls assets including, parking ramps, convention center, United Office Building, Water Park and the resulting 143+ acre $160,000,000.00 development. Acquired for the Company the Fixed Base Operation at the Niagara Falls International Airport. (“IAG”)
1993-1996 Partner - Minicucci & Grenga
Firm emphasis on litigation, primarily in areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. Secondary concentration in Native American Indian constitutional law, real estate financing and closings, single family and multi-tenant subdivision development. Broad general practice including areas of Estate, Corporate and Business law, construction litigation and Matrimonial law.
1987-1989, 1989-1993 Associate - Bartolomei & DelMonte, P.C. / Partner - Bartolomei & Grenga
Experience with New York State Education law while representing local school district; direct client contact in areas of Criminal and Family law, construction litigation, bond financing and Corporate and Business law, Bankruptcy practice; extensive experience in commercial, industrial, recreational and residential development; gained broad background in legal research (Westlaw) and motion practice.
1986, 1988-1989 Assistant District Attorney - Niagara County District Attorney's Office Legal Intern - Niagara County District Attorney's Office
Responsibilities included pre-trial plea negotiations and misdemeanor prosecutions, grand jury proceedings, motion practice and trials. Preparation of felony appellate briefs. Researched and drafted memoranda of law on a variety of Criminal law topics.
2003 – 2005 (2 years)Niagara Falls, NY
Partner in entities responsible for the acquisition and operation of the 200 room Quality Inn and adjacent former Winter garden Botanical Arboretum in downtown Niagara Falls, NY. The Winter garden, formerly owned by the City of Niagara Falls, was privatized and then developed as a tourism hospitality “fun center” with arcade, banquet facility and other food and beverage operations before its eventual re-sale to Empire State Development.
EDUCATION & LICENSURE
Syracuse University College of Law Juris Doctorate, Minor in Labor Relations, May 1987
Niagara University Bachelor of Science, Commerce & Labor Relations, May 1985
Supreme Court of the State of New York, admitted January 1988
United States District Court, Western District of New York, admitted January 1991
United States Bankruptcy Court, admitted September 1995
HONORS & AFFILIATIONS
Niagara County United Way – Former Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Board of Directors
Niagara County Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Former Member Niagara University
Presidential Scholarship Academic Scholarship
New York State Regents Scholarship
Syracuse University College of Law National Constitutional Law Appellate Team
Moot Court Board Member & Lewis Moot Court Appellate Competition Finalist
College of Law Appellate Competition Finalist
The Judge, Student Newspaper - Editor and Publisher
New York State Senator John B. Daly, 61st District and Albany Office
Former Aid Niagara Wheatfield Central Schools
Former Board of Education Member Who's Who in American Law
9th Edition FAA, Private Pilot License (Solo) per Far 61.87(b), 61.87(c) and 61.93(c) Professional Association of Dive Instructors, Advanced Open Water certification
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York and Western New York today announced it has received a $15,000 donation from One Niagara, LLC and Cataract Tours, both of Niagara Falls. The donation is to help with the foundation’s work in making wishes come true for local children dealing with life-threatening medical conditions.
"We appreciate this contribution towards granting the wishes of children in our local community. The positive impact of wishes on children and their families can be felt for a long time and we thank One Niagara and Cataract Tours for their support”, said Tracy Gray, Regional Director of Development Buffalo.
Paul Grenga, Lewiston attorney and managing partner of the One Niagara tourism center, said “we are all struggling through this hard economy, yet little compares to the battle these little hero’s wage every day”. He added that if at all possible “it’s even more important to pitch-in when times are tough”. We are able to contribute today only because of the hard work of all our employees and tenants, so it is on their behalf that we make this donation.
One Niagara President Tony Farina added that helping the Make-A-Wish kids is very special indeed and "we are all so touched by the work of the foundation in making their dreams come true as they face their personal challenges."
Cataract Tours, owned by Niagara Falls natives Frank D'Agostino and Tom Kerr, operates a sightseeing tour agency from One Niagara. Make-A-Wish banners are proudly displayed on Cataract's two-dozen buses that take many thousands of tourists to visit the natural wonders and attractions throughout the Cataract City.
Among those attending the check presentation will be the two New York State elected officials representing Niagara Falls. Both Sen. Mark Grisanti and State Assemblyman John Ceretto, who each actively support the Make a Wish Foundation and other charities, are expected to be on hand to say a few words.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York & Western New York grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.