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Sue has more than 10 years of experience representing industrial development agencies (IDAs) and local development corporations (LDCs) in public finance transactions throughout New York State. She represents her clients in connection with the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable obligations as well as representing IDAs on straight lease transactions. Sue advises her clients on a wide variety of issues including the General Municipal Law, the Public Authorities Law and the latest pronouncements and audit findings of the NYS Authorities Budget Office.
Sue counsels IDAs in analyzing projects under the General Municipal Law and in conjunction with the granting of benefits in the form of exemptions from real property taxes, State and local sales and use taxes, and mortgage recording tax. Sue also counsels her clients on compliance with the Public Authorities Law and the reporting requirements mandated thereby.
Sue’s work as bond counsel provides her the opportunity to facilitate the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable revenue bonds that provide financing for construction and equipping of educational facilities, healthcare facilities, affordable housing complexes, manufacturing facilities, as well as commercial facilities. These financings range from $50,000-$326 million. In her capacity as bond counsel, Sue was involved with the first ever “Qualified Green Building and Sustainable Design Project” in the country under IRC Section 142 relating to exempt facilities. This “green building” financing in 2007 involved the issuance of $228 million of tax-exempt bonds for a regional shopping center located on a brownfield site. These bonds were PILOT revenue bonds, with the payment of principal and interest to be made by the IDA from payments in lieu of taxes.
Aside from the foregoing, Sue spent years as General Counsel to the Trustee in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding venued in the Northern District of New York, involving the largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history at the time.
- Served as bond counsel in the issuance of certain School Facility Revenue Bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $67,265,000 to finance a portion of the costs of a School Facilities Project as part of a Program pursuant to the IDA Act and the Syracuse Schools Act.
- Represented an IDA in the provision of financial assistance in the form of exemptions from real property taxes, sales and use tax and mortgage recording tax to a manufacturing facility for the construction of new clean rooms and sterile production and filing areas.
- Represented an IDA in the provision of financial assistance in the form of exemptions from real property taxes, sales and use tax and mortgage recording tax to a global aluminum company in a straight lease transaction providing financial assistance.
- Represented an IDA in the provision of financial assistance in the form of exemptions from real property taxes, sales and use tax and mortgage recording tax for a commercial project including mixed income apartments and commercial space.
- Represented an LDC in the issuance of Tax-Exempt Revenue Refunding Bonds in the aggregate principal amount of $17,465,000 to finance a portion of the costs of refunding outstanding bonds for the benefit of a hospital.
- Served as bond counsel on the first ever Qualified Green Building and Sustainable Design Project in the country under IRC Section 142 relating to exempt facilities. This green building financing in 2007 involved the issuance of $228,000,000 of tax-exempt bonds for a regional shopping center located on a brownfield site.
Affiliations And Acknowledgements
- National Association of Bond Lawyers
- Council of Development Finance Agencies New York/New Jersey Financing Roundtable, Advisory Committee Member
- National Economic Development Association
- Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Board of Directors
- Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Vice President
- Dewitt Community Library, Board of Trustees (Past President)
Presentations And Publications
- Opportunity Zones Presentation – CenterState CEO – July 2019
- Brownfields Cleanup Program and Opportunity Zones – June 2019 – Ithaca, NY
- Presenter, “Best Practices in Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession,” Onondaga County Bar Association, June 15, 2016
- Presenter, “The SEC’s Municipal Continuing Disclosure Compliance Initiative,” Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers, September 30, 2014
- Syracuse University College of Law, Work-Life Balance Panelist, November 2011
- Central New York Women’s Bar Association, Work-Life Balance Speaker, September 2010
- “Impact of Tenant Bankruptcies,” National Association of Produce Market Managers, May 2, 2005
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D., 1991
State University of New York at Albany, B.A., 1988
District Court, Northern District of New York
District Court, Western District of New York
District Court, Southern District of New York
District Court, Eastern District of New York
Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of New York
Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York
Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York
Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of New York