Albert P. Roberts
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Al graduated from Suffolk University Law School in Boston in 1970 with a Juris Doctor degree. He was admitted to practice before the Bar in New York State in February 1971. He initially joined the firm of Russell E. Aldrich in Poughkeepsie and worked there until Mr. Aldrich’s death in 1977. He then became a partner in a firm which eventually came to be known as Crane, Wolfson, Roberts & Greller at 11 Market Street in Poughkeepsie. Al remained at Crane, Wolfson, Roberts & Greller until 1990 when he became the Town Attorney for the Town of Wappinger (Carl Wolfson was Town Justice and a conflict arose). He was briefly at the firm of Gellert & Cutler from 1990 until 1993 when he joined his present firm, now known as Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP. Al’s emphasis in his practice has been zoning and land use, environmental law, municipal law, general business, corporate matters, small business organization, commercial and residential real estate development, and estate and probate matters.
In the past, Al’s municipal clients have included the Wappinger Central School District (1971-1983), the New Paltz Central School District (1980s), the Town of Dover (1980s), the Town of Union Vale (1971-1993 and 2004-present), and the Village of Fishkill (1990s). Al was also appointed Special Counsel to the Dutchess County Republican Legislative Caucus in a federal challenge brought by Democrats regarding the appointment of the Democrat Commissioner of Elections (1996). Al’s present municipal clients include the Town of Wappinger and the Town of Union Vale and he has also provided assistance and oversight on various legal matters in the Town of Hyde Park and the Village of Wappingers Falls. While at the Town of Wappinger, Al has overseen the major town wide rezoning of 1990, the complicated negotiations between the Town and the Tri-Municipal Sewer Commission for sewer processing, and all legal work associated with the 1999 2R Water Improvement (interconnection of the Atlas water system to the Hilltop tanks), as well as the consolidation of the various water and sewer districts into United Wappinger Water District and United Wappinger Sewer District. In the 1980s, while at the Town of Union Vale, Al oversaw the first major amendments to the Town’s Zoning Code, and also drafted a complicated series of Local Laws and ballot propositions which authorized the use of a portion of the Town owned Tymor Park for a Town Hall facility.
Al’s private sector work has included the legal work for numerous commercial projects such as the original Walbaum’s Shopping Center (1978 – now Hannaford), Fishkill Shoprite (which required an annexation of property to the Village of Fishkill – 1980s), Foam & Wash Facility on Route 9 in Fishkill (which required complex negotiations and agreements with the Village of Fishkill and the Town of Fishkill for water and sewer facilities), the Shoprite Plaza in Middletown (which required a complex assemblage of parcels, relocation of utility easements, rezoning and site plan review), the two plazas in front of The Galleria (Dollar General and Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse), and the site of the Wells Fargo Bank.
All of Albert’s areas of practice include: