Our Principal Attorneys

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THOMAS G. MAZZOTTA

e-mail: tmazzotta@mvattorneys.com

Mr. Mazzotta is a graduate of Siena College and Albany Law School. Mr. Mazzotta also was a Certified Public Accountant. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1987 and is now retired from the practice of law.

Mr. Mazzotta’s practice was concentrated in commercial real estate development, commercial leasing, joint venture developments, commercial transactions, estate planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate and tax areas. He has substantial experience handling a variety of complex real estate transactions and joint venture commercial developments, and estate planning matters, and represented clients in numerous business acquisitions and sales involving varied industries.

Mr. Mazzotta was a member of the Albany County and New York State Bar Associations (Member, Sections on Real Estate and Taxation) and the American Bar Association (Member, Real Estate and Taxation).

Mr. Mazzotta also was admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York and the United States Tax Court.

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JOHN N. VAGIANELIS

e-mail: jvagianelis@mvattorneys.com

Mr. Vagianelis, Managing Partner, received his preparatory education from Colgate University, 1994, A.B. (Cum Laude), and received his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, 1996, J.D. (Cum Laude). He was admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court, Northern District of New York in 1997. Mr. Vagianelis is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association (Real Property Law, Municipal Law and Business Law Sections), New York State Association For Affordable Housing, Albany County Bar Association and New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association.

Mr. Vagianelis concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate finance and development, municipal finance and general business law with a special emphasis on mortgage financing and letter-of-credit enhancement for affordable housing transactions, including tax-exempt bond transactions and Freddie Mac multi-family financings and other government subsidized mortgage lending programs.

He represents commercial and not-for-profit lenders and developers (more than 750 transactions aggregating more than $2 billion) in a variety of multi-family housing transactions, including acquisition, construction and permanent loan financings with the New York State Housing Finance Agency, New York State Housing Trust Fund Corporation, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, New York City Housing Development Corporation and the State of New York Mortgage Agency, and also serves as bond counsel and special counsel to a variety of municipalities for municipal finance, zoning and real property law matters.

Mr. Vagianelis also has experience with payment-in-lieu-of-tax (PILOT) agreements, Real Property Tax Law Section 581-a matters, Article 78 proceedings, zoning enforcement and administration, the creation of municipal water and sewer districts, the creation of redevelopment companies under the Private Housing Finance Law, federal low-income and historic tax credit enhanced financings, tax-exempt bond financings, state-assisted financings and condominium offerings.

Mr. Vagianelis has successfully defended corporations and corporate officers before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and New York State Insurance Department concerning real property transfer and gains tax liabilities, payroll withholding tax liability, and licensing issues. Additionally, he has represented individual, corporate, and municipal clients in real property tax certiorari proceedings, declaratory judgment actions, and Article 78 proceedings, prepared appellate briefs and argued such appeals before New York’s appellate courts.

Matter of Tedeschi v. Hopper, 2018 NY Slip Op 08401 (3rd. Dept., December 6, 2018) and Matter of Gilbert Shott v. Town of Saugerties, 307 A.D.2d 682 (2003).

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JOHN F. HAYKO


e-mail: jhayko@mvattorneys.com

John F. Hayko, of Counsel, is a graduate of The University of Notre Dame (double B.A., 1984) and Albany Law School (J.D., 1987, cum laude). He was admitted to practice in New York State and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in 1988. John is a member of the New York State Bar Association (including the Elder Law and Special Needs Section) and the Albany County Bar Association and presently serves on the board of directors of The South End Improvement Corporation, a not-for-profit neighborhood preservation corporation. He is also a member of Metroland Business Executives and Business Networks International (BNI), Albany Metro Chapter.

Between 1992 and 2016, John was a partner/member of Mancini and Hayko, P.C., formerly located at the intersection of Western Avenue and State Farm Road in Guilderland, and had the pleasure and honor of practicing law with a virtual icon of Guilderland, Ralph G. Mancini, who passed away in late 2015. John continues to serve clients Ralph assisted and represented over the course of his fifty-three year law career.

John’s practice is wide-ranging, with a concentration in Surrogate’s Court (probate) practice, estate and generational planning, and planning for the needs of the elderly and disabled. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real property, be in transactional (residential purchases and sales to the municipal approval, acquisition and financing of large-scale residential projects) or confrontational (adverse possession and other “quiet title” litigation). John has also represented clients in developing and constructing affordable housing, and in so doing has worked closely with the Albany Housing Authority and Habitat for Humanity.

John has represented landowners and neighborhood groups before a variety of municipal land use tribunals throughout the Capital Region, and has considerable experience in Article 78 municipal litigation relating to land use decisions. Finally, John assists in the formation of new business entities and counsels several local businesses concentrating in the purchase and sale of antiquities and other collectibles.

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