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AmyD'Ambrogio

Special Counsel

"Providing solutions for agencies who serve disabled individuals to ensure they can continue to provide those vital services has been a personal joy."

Overview

Biography

Amy’s practice involves national property tax compliance and defense work relating to property taxation. She also counsels not-for-profit entities providing critical services to individuals with special needs and disabilities on regulatory compliance and tax exemption matters and defends these organizations in the event of alleged legal violations, both civil and criminal.

Amy concentrates her practice on representing businesses, energy and utility clients, and individuals in property tax, eminent domain, and land use disputes. She routinely assists energy and utility clients in negotiating tax-assessment reductions where the portfolio of assets is located in multiple states, resulting in substantial property tax savings. Amy also routinely advises clients in eminent domain proceedings, from preliminary hearing stages to trials involving the acquisition of real property interests, trade fixtures, and leasehold rights.

Amy also represents health care not-for-profits, including agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, alcohol use disorder, and other substance use disorders. She routinely counsels not-for-profits with tax exemption matters, including negotiation of payment in lieu of tax (PILOT) agreements in affordable housing deals, as well as health care not-for-profits with response to Medicaid, daycare revocation, and other government investigations and audits as well as related employment and contract matters.

Bar Associations

  • Central New York Women’s Bar Association, Board of Directors Member
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • NYSBA Real Property Law Section Executive Committee
  • NYSBA Not-for-Profit Entities and Concerns Committee, Co-Chair

Languages

  • Italian
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Regularly represents owners of renewable energy assets nationwide with compliance and property tax matters.
  • Obtained millions in property tax refunds as a result of negotiations and settling property tax assessment proceedings against municipalities who excessively assess utility property in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, Utah and California.
  • Represented a major utility in a real property tax dispute, resulting in $7 million in real property tax refunds.
  • Successfully achieved a $3 million reduction in assessed value relating to hydro assets owned by an independent power producer, securing a significant refund and multi-year agreement to keep assessed values lower and stable for the term resulting in reduced property tax burden. 
  • Represents several large not-for-profit agencies serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Matters include real estate development and financing and defending agencies under Medicaid audits by the Office of Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) and the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).
  • Represents an industrial development agency in acquiring lease interests of various mall tenants and defending against claims for compensation in an eminent-domain proceeding to support a multi-billion economic-revitalization project in Central New York.
  • Represented a municipality in acquiring a parking garage by eminent domain for reconstruction and to support a public project.
  • Successfully obtained verdicts against two correction officers in a pro bono §1983 civil rights action involving the violation of a prisoner’s constitutional rights.
  • Served as counsel in a trial in which the NYS Department of Health (DOH) and the NYS Office for People With Development Disabilities (OPWDD) were found responsible for funding the reasonable actual costs of administrative overhead in providing services under Medicaid.

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Associate

Selected Community Activities

  • David’s Refuge, Inc., Board of Directors Member
  • United Way of Central New York, Former Firm Campaign Coordinator

Selected Honors

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Upstate New York Rising Stars: Energy and Real Property Tax & Condemnation, 2013-2015 and 2017
Knowledge

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • New York State Bar Association, “Not so Fast Assessor: The Reduction or Elimination of Taxes Based on Exemptions or Environmental No No’s”
  • New York State Bar Association, “Medicaid Reimbursement and the State’s Treatment of Administrative Overhead Expenses”
  • New York State Bar Association, “Affordable Housing Tax Credits and Pursuing Supportive Housing Projects”
  • 39th Annual ACLAIMH Conference, “Converting and ESSHI Award into a Project: Overcoming Community Opposition”
  • New York State Bar Association, “Padavan Law and Lobbying”

Selected Alerts & Blog Posts

Featured Media

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