About the Author

Patricia E. Salkin is the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the Graduate and Professional Divisions of Touro University.  She most recently served as Dean and Professor of Law of the Touro University Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center.  She previously served as Associate Dean, Raymond & Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School.  

Salkin is a nationally recognized expert on land use law and zoning.  Her land use publications include: The 4-volume 4th edition of New York Zoning Law & Practice; the 5-volume 5th edition of American Law of Zoning; Land Use & Community Development, 8th ed. (Thomson West) (with Nolon)  (2012); Land Use in a Nutshell (Thomson West) (with Nolon) (2007); Current Trends and Practical Strategies in Land Use Law and Zoning, ed., American Bar Association Press (2004); Trends in Land Use Law from A to Z: Adult Uses to Zoning, ed., American Bar Association Press (2001); the annual Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, ed. (West Group); contributing editor of the national monthly Zoning and Planning Law Report, and editor of the bi-monthly New York Zoning Law and Practice ReportShe is a frequent lecturer for statewide and national land use programs.  Many of her dozens of law review articles, book chapters and columns can be accessed at www.governmentlaw.org or on SSRN at http://ssrn.com/author=83276. Salkin served as an appointed member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Planning Federation, and has been active in land use reform efforts in New York including: membership on the Land Use Advisory Committee of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources; serving as a consultant to the State Commission on the Capital Region and its land use committee; consulting for the American Planning Association’s Growing Smart initiative; and serving on a working advisory group for the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council. She served as a reporter for the American Planning Association’s Planning & Environmental Law (the publication was discontinued) and she is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Urban Lawyer. Salkin served for more than a decade as chair of the American Planning Association’s Amicus Curiae Committee.  

A member of the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates, Dean Salkin holds and has held many leadership positions within both the ABA and the New York State Bar Association including: Past Chair of the ABA State and Local Government Section and current member of the Standing Committee on Governmental Affairs (ABA); Past Chair of the NYSBA Municipal Law Section and Founding Member and Past Chair of the NYSBA Committee on Attorneys in Public Service; and she has chaired numerous NYSBA task forces including one focusing on: government ethics, eminent domain, and town and village justice courts.

Salkin has served as a consultant to a number of local governments across New York on zoning law reform and watershed planning issues, and for state agencies including the Governor’s Office of Regulatory Reform, assisting in the development of model zoning ordinances for economic growth for the Build Now-NY program and the New York State Department of State on the shared municipal services initiative. She served as a consultant to the American Institute of Certified Planners conducting an ethics assessment for the organization. Dean Salkin has also served as a consultant several times for the National Governor’s Association, and recently served as a senior consultant to the National Academy for Public Administration on the intersection of environmental justice and land use planning and zoning.

In 2017 and 2018, Matthew Loeser, Esq. contributed a number of postings to Law of the Land. In 2018 Patricia Salkin welcomes Amy Lavine, Esq. as a regular contributor.


  1. This is really a great idea for a blog. Excellent job.

  2. Patty,
    Your blog is beautiful! Congratulations. Excellent. RM

  3. An excellant blog and resource.

  4. Patty,
    This is an extraordinarily helpful blog for the busy practitioner, well organized and up to date. Thanks for providing a very user-friendly resource! BG

  5. This is a great resource and your background is very impressive! Looking forward to your response to my comment on lot merger posting.

  6. Thank you do much for a wonderful resource.

  7. What an excellent resource! I am so happy I stumbled onto this!

  8. Thanks for this excellent resource!

  9. This blog is a great way to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of planning law. Thanks for providing this for others. It is informative and I appreciate it.

  10. Thank you. This site is a researcher’s dream…..

  11. Patty:

    You and your web site blog are primary resources! I’m greatful for the research and thougtful analysis you put into this blog.

    Jonathan L. Kramer, Esq.

  12. As a lay person I remain confused about your article regarding Huntington’s accessary apt’s. I guess I am wondering if you all ready have one does the town have the right to inspect your entire property every year? I do have a legal appt and I hate it when I get the inspection, they look at every nook and cranny for anything that I might have done without obtaining a permit for. It is insulting and annoying and feels just plain unjust. If anyone could comment I would appreciate it.

  13. Apropos of nothing, where was the photo taken that headlines your blog? Several of your regular readers are veteran backpackers, and are of the opinion that it was taken along one of the Finger Lakes. Could I persuade you to enlighten us?

    • David, it was a stock photo on WordPress…I can’t take any credit.

  14. Can someone offer thoughts on forcing a business, in a very small town to replace their signs within 7 years? Our town has rewritten the zoning law, and says that under the FOIL law, they do not have to respond to questions put to them or answer correspondance, where I have asked why they are doing this. We assume the public hearing, which is hidden in a daily paper, will be held in the winter when the majority of the land owners are not here. Most people do not follow what the town government does. My business is 51 years old, we have some beautiful signs, and they want us to reduce down to 16sq ft. with no explaination at all. The law has not been passed, but since this item was put into it, we assume it will be passed. Our town government for some reason is allowed to do whatever they want.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: