John R. Langey is a Partner at Costello, Cooney & Fearon. He started his career with the Firm in 1989.
John provides direction and counsel to all levels of local and county-wide governmental agencies, and works with zoning and planning boards, developers, and private property owners. His primary focus in zoning matters is aiding his clients with right-to-build approvals, as well as defending and prosecuting Article 78 Proceedings.
One of the Firm’s top environmental law professionals, John has championed efforts to receive approvals from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to treat invasive species threatening the livelihood of Cazenovia Lake.
John has obtained major compensation awards for his commercial clients, prosecuted and defended hundreds of tax certiorari claims throughout the State, as well as worked to form dozens of special districts across New York with a focus on water treatment, waste-water management, drainage, and lighting.
John also served as Chief Financial Officer at Costello, Cooney & Fearon until 2022, when he was elected as the Firm’s Chief Executive Officer. He is also Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee, and he chairs the Firm’s Department of Fun.
Speaking Engagements & Publications
The Comprehensive Plan, SEQR Basics and the New DEC Environmental Assessment Forms
Farm Wineries, Farm Breweries & Farm Distilleries: Impacts of ‘Marketing’ the Farm Product through Wedding Receptions and Other Events
Farm Wineries, Farm Breweries & Farm Distilleries: What Municipalities Need to Know - The Town’s Perspective
Planning for Small Farm Animals in Communities
The SEQR Process: Overview and Introduction of the New SEQR Forms
Siting and Regulating Windmills in Local Communities, Comprehensive Plan