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Lester D. Steinman, White Plains & New York Municipal Lawyer

Lester D. Steinman


Professional Profile

Lester Steinman is a partner in our Municipal Law & Land Use group and concentrates his practice in the representation of local governments and their land use boards, including litigation and appeals in federal and state courts. Lester is one of the most respected authorities on municipal law matters in the Westchester/Lower Hudson Valley region. Throughout his career, he has resolved a myriad of organizational and operational problems for local governments and has guided municipal entities through the land use and environmental review for major commercial and residential development projects, the construction and expansion of educational and religious institutions and the updating of comprehensive plans and local waterfront revitalization programs. For twenty-seven years, Lester served as Director of the Edwin G. Michaelian Municipal Law Resource Center of Pace University, a multi-faceted legal reference center which provided research and consulting services to municipalities on all aspects of local government law. During that time Lester also served as the Editor of the Municipal Lawyer, a quarterly journal distributed to the bar, judiciary and municipal officials throughout New York State. He also serves as counsel to the Westchester Municipal Officials Association. Lester is a leading member of the bar, including being a past chair of the Municipal Law sections of the New York State Bar Association and Westchester County Bar Association. He is also a former Adjunct Professor at Pace University School of Law. Representing the Village of Pleasantville, Lester successfully briefed and argued a landmark zoning case before New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, in which the Court of Appeals affirmed the courts’ obligation to give due deference to findings and conclusions of local zoning boards of appeal.

Lester has also received a peer review rating of AV®Preeminent on Martindale-Hubbell®.

Areas of Experience

  • Land use and Environmental Review of Major Development Projects for Municipalities, including the reuse and/or redevelopment of the following:
    • a 114 acre corporate campus;
    • a 568,000 square foot suburban shopping center; and
    • a 12.84 acre beach and yacht club on Long Island Sound.
  • SEQRA counsel for the City of Mount Vernon for the Adoption and Implementation of an Urban Renewal Plan and the Mixed-Use Redevelopment of the Urban Renewal Area
  • Counsel to County-Wide or City-Wide Charter Revisions Commissions
  • Counsel to Planning and Zoning Boards for Various Towns and Villages
  • Counsel to Boards of Various Towns and Villages on Ethics Matters and the Drafting of Storm Water, Wetlands and Other Environmental Laws

Professional & Community Involvement

Journals & Publications

Lester has written and/or edited numerous journals and articles, either for the firm or for various publications. Click at publications & outlines for a description of some of these written materials.


Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • United States District Court, SDNY

Contact Me

If you think you may require the assistance of Lester Steinman on any matter, email (lsteinman@mccarthyfingar.com) or phone him (914-385-1058) with any question you may have.