Neil J. Alexander: Land Use Law and Energy Lawyer in NY & CT
Neil J. Alexander
nalexander@cuddyfeder.com 914 761 1300

“[P]erfection is...attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away...” –Yvon Chouinard

Overview
Overview
Awards + Recognitions
Professional Associations
Selected Publications
Matters + Case Studies
Community Service
Extracurricular
Neil is a Partner in the Land Use, Zoning & Development Group at the firm and chairs the Energy & Environmental Practice Group. His clients move communities forward by introducing economic development, jobs, energy infrastructure and place-making. Neil’s daily practice focuses on real estate transactions, land use, permitting, energy projects, economic incentive packages and sustainability measures. He routinely represents business entities, non-profit organizations and individuals throughout Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and the State of Connecticut in obtaining the necessary local- and state-level approvals and inducements for their projects, which range in scale from retail stores and wireless telecommunication facilities to large, mixed commercial and residential communities, as well as independent power infrastructure.

As a U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a New York State Certified Real Estate Instructor, Neil frequently lectures at law schools, universities and continuing legal education seminars on topics related to his practice areas, including Workforce Housing, Climate Change, Agriculture/Food Production, High Performance Buildings, and Responsible Property Investment.

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., with Environmental Law concentration; 1995
    – 1994 National Environmental Law Moot Court
    – Paul J. Liacos Scholar
  • Tufts University, B.A. in History, magna cum laude; 1992

Admissions/Courts

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

Awards + Recognitions

New York State Association for Affordable Housing, Member Spotlight in the fall 2015 newsletter

Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chair of the District Council for Westchester, Fairfield, and Rockland Counties, June 2011 – July 2015

Energy Improvement Corporation for New York State, July 2011 – April 2015: Board Member of NYS Local Development Corporation and Co-Chair of the Board, the Finance Committee and the Nominating Committee

Professional Associations

  • New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), Member & Upstate Policy Committee Member
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chair of the District Council for Westchester, Fairfield & Rockland Counties
  • U.S. Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Member
  • New York State Certified Real Estate Instructor

Selected Publications

“Here Comes the Sun: Barriers and Opportunities in Solar Power”
Moderator of Panel at the December 2013 Pace Law School Land Use and Sustainable Development Conference

“Land Use and Planning: Preventing Flight of Millennials”
New York Law Journal, Nov. 3, 2015

 

Community Service

  • Energy Improvement Corporation for New York State, Member of NYS Local Development Corporation and its Finance Committee
  • Apropos Housing Opportunities and Management Enterprises (A-HOME), formerly Audit Committee Chair and Member of Board of Directors
  • Table Local Market for Farm Produce and Artisanal Goods (TABLE), formerly on Advisory Board
  • Active Living Over Fifty (A-LOFT), formerly Chair of the Livable Communities Council

Extracurricular

  • Neil resides in northern Westchester County, NY. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons.
  • In spare moments, he is often found running and skiing on the trails in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.

 


My legal practice is a proverbial three-legged stool requiring me to understand the applicable law, the business objectives of our clients and the personalities of the people involved. –Neil
Sustaining the millennial population is vital to a municipality’s economic development, however, many millennials cannot yet purchase a single family home and therefore leave most suburban areas.
The firm is pleased to be named as the corporate honoree for its community involvement with the Greenburgh Nature Center on September 19.