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Victory Sports Medicine hires additional law firm for Skaneateles project

— Victory Sports Management officials have hired one of the state’s best land use and environmental law firms to supplement its legal team as it moves forward in its 99.5-acre ‘Victory Campus’ development project off Route 20 in Skaneateles.

The firm of Gilberti, Stinziano, Heinz and Smith will join the VSM team in 2013, Lance Wardell, VSM chief operating officer, confirmed last week.

“In 2013 we will supplement the development team with the participation of Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz and Smith, one of New York State’s premier land use and environmental law firms. The addition of the Gilberti law firm underscores the extremely positive outlook the development team has for the project and its success,” Wardell told the Skaneateles Press.

Attorney Paul Sharlow of the Gilberti firm will be the primary point of contact for the town planning board, which is the lead government agency for the project, and VSM’s current attorney John Langey, of Costello Cooney & Fearon, PLLC, of Syracuse, will remain as part of the legal team, said planning board attorney F. Scott Molnar.

Molnar said he has been officially notified of Sharlow’s addition to the VSM team, but otherwise had no comment on the development.

The Gilberti firm is well-known for its intricate and large-scale legal work, especially as lead counsel for the Destiny USA shopping mall development in Syracuse. Skaneateles residents may recall that the firm also was involved in the first iteration of the Butters Farm proposal for more than 100 homes and condominiums on Jordan Road in 1988.

A list of the Gilberti firm’s previous and ongoing projects, available at Gilbertilaw.com/projects, shows it continues to serve as lead counsel in the Destiny USA project, with the issues involved listed as brownfield cleanup and tax credits, PILOT agreements and economic development tax credits, condemnation of lease rights and construction loan litigations. Pertinent to the VSM project, the Destiny USA project information says the firm also achieved “the successful defense of multiple SEQRA/condemnation challenges in litigation.”

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