Specialist, Tax Incentive Programs
Experienced real estate attorney, expert in real estate tax incentive programs
Industry authority on the Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program
Former counsel for the New York City Council
Member, Board of Directors, Queens & Bronx Building Associations
Member, Board of Directors, Long Island City Partnership
Humanitarian of the Year Award, Flushing Chapter, NAACP (1990), honoring community/governmental initiatives
Robert is a key member of the ThinkForward Financial team, providing critical insight into how financing, real estate transactions, and incentives are interconnected.
Robert’s private practice is almost entirely devoted to real estate transactions and financing—and related issues, including helping individuals to benefit from real estate tax incentives. He has represented buyers and sellers in the purchase of commercial properties in the millions of dollars. Similarly, he works with landlords and tenants with the leasing of their commercial properties.
Early in his career, Robert worked as a legislative attorney for the New York City Council, ultimately serving as a senior staff member. Prior to joining the law practice of Szold & Brandwen, PC, he worked as the Director of the Government Relations Department at Barton & Zasky, Esq.
In the area of economic development, Robert is recognized as one of the foremost experts on the Industrial & Commercial Abatement Program, which is New York City’s principal tax-incentive program. Robert was the former counsel for the New York City Council, the lawmaking body of the City of New York responsible for monitoring the performance of city agencies, making land use decisions, and legislating on a variety of issues. He served as Lead Counsel for a number of committees focused on issues related to social welfare and supporting, in general, economic development in the city’s five boroughs. In addition to his work as an attorney, he assisted in the drafting of legislation related to economic development initiatives. His time as a member of the Industrial & Commercial Incentive Program Boundary Commission (1992-1995) informed his work with the City Council. This experience also inspires his current efforts to strengthen the neighborhoods of New York by supporting local businesses and community organizations in their work.
BS, Business Administration, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI
FINRA licensed as General Securities Principal, Municipal Securities Principal (Series 7, 27, 63)