Earlier this month the law firm Harris Beach announced that former Yonkers corporation counsel Frank J. Rubino is joining the firm.
Rubino retired from his job in Yonkers after a 38-year career in public service, according to the city’s website. He worked for Yonkers for 11 years and he became corporation counsel in 2004.
Mayor Phil Amicone replaced Rubino with Mark Blanchard, who worked under Rubino in the city’s law department. Blanchard worked in the Yonkers’ Law Department from 2004-07 and then he went to work at Harris Beach from 2007-08.
Blanchard returned to the Yonkers Law Department more than two years ago.
On its website, Harris Beach touts its close work with Yonkers:
For the last several years, Harris Beach has been integrally involved with this revitalization and opened its Yonkers office in 2006 to expand upon its public finance and economic development practice in the area. Our Yonkers office serves as a convenient location for meetings between our attorneys throughout the state and the municipal leaders and commercial developers engaged in the Yonkers revitalization program. Additionally, the office provides clients in Westchester and nearby counties access to the firm’s full range of legal services.
Harris Beach provides counsel to the City of Yonkers Industrial Development Agency relative to the city’s revitalization and advises on the use of Empire Zone, Empowerment Zone, and Brownfield Cleanup Program requirements. Our work includes coordinating economic development projects with the city’s master plan, local waterfront redevelopment plan, and urban renewal plans, compliance with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), and project-specific needs. Projects include phases I and II of the Collins Waterfront Housing Projects for $170 million; FC Ratner development of Ridge Hill into a $800 million village-theme retail and housing development; and the Struever-Fidelco-Cappelli downtown development involving over $3 billion in new retail and commercial projects. These developments involve IDA benefits, Empire Zone benefits; Empowerment Zone, SEQRA, and land use issues; Department of Transportation coordination; and New Market Tax Credits; as well as pursuit and monitoring of project-specific state and federal funding.