Section Program

Thursday, January 21, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Issues and Trends in Real Property



Committee on Condos and Coops Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2021

1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Requires separate registration- visit the Committee page to learn more.


Not-for-Profit Committee Meeting

Friday, January 29, 2021

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Requires separate registration- visit the Committee page to learn more.


Section Chair

Ira S. Goldenberg
Goldenberg & Selker

Section CLE Co-Chairs

Michelle H. Wildgrube
Cioffi, Slezak, Wildgrube, PC.


Event Sponsors

First American Title
Pedersen and Sons
Regal Title Agency
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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Issues and Trends in Real Property

3.0 MCLE Credits- 2.0 Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias

This program is transitional and is suitable for all attorneys including those newly admitted


1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Business Meeting, Election of Officers and Award Presentations

Welcome and Introduction


Ira S. Goldenberg, Esq. | Section Chair; Goldenberg & Selker, LLP., White Plains, NY

Report of the Nominating Committee


Gerard G. Antetomaso, Esq. | Nominating Committee Chair; Evans Fox, LLP., Rochester, NY

Real Property Law Section Professionalism Award


Peter V. Coffey, Esq. | Awards Committee Co-Chair; Sciocchetti & Abbott, PLLC., Latham, NY
Thomas J. Hall, Esq. | Awards Committee Co-Chair; Law Firm of Hall & Hall, LLP., Staten Island, NY

Outstanding Community Contributor Award


Susan M. Scharbach, Esq. | Web Site and Communications Committee Chair

Real Property Law Section Scholarships


Mindy H. Stern, Esq. | Scholarship Committee Co-Chair; Schwartz Sladkus Reich Greenberg Atlas, LLP., New York, NY
Joel M. Sachs, Esq. | Scholarship Committee Co-Chair; Keane & Beane, PC., White Plains, NY

Preview of the Real Property Law Section’s Summer 2020 and 2021 Meetings


Spencer Compton, Esq. | Second Vice-Chair; First American Title, New York, NY

Real Property Law Journal Appreciation Awards


Robert J. Sein, Esq. | Director, Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law; Adjunct Professor of Law, St. John’s University School of Law, Queens, NY

The New York Bar Foundation


2:00 PM – 2:10 PM

Welcome and Introductions


Michelle H. Wildgrube, Esq. | Cioffi Slezak Wildgrube P.C., Schenectady, NY


2:10 PM – 3:00 PM

Illegal Lockouts and Post Eviction Proceedings


Carlos C. Perez-Hall, Esq. | Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C., New York, NY

1.0 Credit in Areas of Professional Practice


3:00 PM – 3:10 PM



3:10 PM – 4:00 PM

Surety Bonds for Real Estate: Discharge of Mechanics Lien Bonds, Appeal Bonds, Preliminary Injunction Bonds, Yellowstone Injunction Bonds, Construction Bonds, and More

This program will cover what you need to know when your client is required to obtain a bond and what they need to know when the bond is running to them as the obligee. We will cover best practices and go throughout the ins and outs of the bonding process.


Ariel Weinstock, Esq. | Katsky Korins, LLP., New York, NY
Neil P. Pedersen | Pedersen & Sons Surety Bonds Agency, Inc., New York, NY

1.0 Credits in Areas of Professional Practice


4:00 PM – 4:10 PM



4:10 PM – 5:00 PM

Historic Preservation and Diversity and Inclusion | How Real Estate Lawyers Can Effect Change

This session will focus on the Janus-like character of historic preservation. At once, it is a tool for preserving the historic monuments that make a community legible and that shore up the connections between diverse cultures and at the same time, it is a device that might unwittingly operate to displace and exclude certain cohorts from the same historic communities. This segment will help real estate lawyers identify the legal arguments that will protect the broad view of preservation that must be taken in order to keep the past, while moving toward an inclusive society.


Professor Shelby D. Green | Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University, White Plains, NY

1.0 Credit in Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias



$119: Section Member | $149: NYSBA Member | $269: Non-NYSBA Member

REGULAR REGISTRATION (1/1/21 and after)

$159: Section Member | $199: NYSBA Member | $359: Non-NYSBA Member

IMPORTANT: For those of you that wish to attend multiple Section or Committee programs, we are extending a discount of 25% off the pricing of 2 or more programs, however you must contact our MRC Department directly and register over the phone.


If you have questions please contact us at 800.582.2452 | [email protected]

Hours: Monday – Friday | 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Professionalism Award

New York State Bar Association Real Property Law Section 2021


Leon T. Sawyko
Harris Beach PLLC 

A lifelong resident of Rochester, Leon graduated from St. John Fisher College and Columbia University School of Law.  Upon graduation he joined the firm of Harris Beach & Wilcox (now Harris Beach PLLC) where he spent his entire legal career. In 2014 Leon retired but remains Counsel to the firm.

Leon’s practice involved all aspects of purchase, sale and financing of real property. In addition, he had extensive experience in condominium and homeowner association filings.  He represented real estate developers in all areas, including acquisitions, financing, development, leasing, zoning and planning and subdivision development.  He also represented various not-for-profit and business corporations in County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency and Housing Finance Agency bond financing.

Leon has been an active member of both his local and State Bar Associations throughout his career.  He served as a member and chairman of the Monroe County Bar Real Estate Council and was a longtime member and chairman of that Bar Association’s Professional Performance Committee.  He also served as a member of its Board of Trustees.

On the state level he has been on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section for over 25 years.  While on the committee, he has chaired the Section’s Development, Financing and Not-for-Profit committees.  He currently is co-chair of the Legislation Committee.  From June 2014 through May 2015 he served as chair of the Section.

Since April 2017 he has been a member of the Attorney Grievance Committee for the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, Seventh District.

Over the years he has served on the boards of various not-for-profits, including DePaul Group, The Catholic Courier, Nazareth Schools, and the Northwest Branch of the YMCA of Greater Rochester.  In addition he served on the Alumni Board at St. John Fisher College, including as its chair.  He also served on the college’s Board of Trustees from 1982 through 1987.

He continues to serve on the Boards of Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America and on the Health Care Services Board of the Rochester Regional Health System.  In addition, Leon serves as co-chair of the Rochester Regional Health Foundation.

Leon and Anne, his wife of 53 years, have been blessed with five children and eleven grandchildren.

Leon says, “I enjoyed actively practicing law for 45 years; it enabled me to raise a great family and, perhaps, do some good for my fellow lawyers and the community.”


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[email protected]
(518) 487-5682

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