Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP | Law Practice Concentrating in Affordable Housing and Community Development Law.
about Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP
Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP is a boutique law firm located in Albany, NY and Buffalo, NY with substantial experience in public and private financing transactions, including municipal finance and tax credit syndication transactions.
Prior to and since forming CHW, members of the firm have provided counsel to clients in the areas of affordable housing and community development law, including the syndication of various federal and state tax credits, other tax incentives, and a variety of securitized debt instruments such as tax-exempt bond financing.

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Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP is committed to providing high-quality legal representation to all segments of the affordable housing industry and community development. The firm is known for its responsiveness and effectiveness.

We are dedicated to serving our clients with courtesy and respect and to the best of our ability. We work closely with our clients to develop creative, yet practical solutions to complex real estate financing and other issues that routinely occur in affordable housing and community development transactions. We do not stand on formality, and our "roll up your sleeves" work ethic has been embraced by our attorneys and staff and is well received by our clients.

We pride ourselves not only on the reputation we have developed in our niche practice area and on the volume of repeat clients we are asked to represent across the country, but also on the desire of large institutional law firms to create strategic alliances with our firm for the rendering of legal services regarding the federal law aspects of affordable housing and community development transactions.

Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP represents for-profit and non-profit developers and lenders, syndicators and local housing authorities in creative financing transactions involving affordable housing and community development transactions. The transactions for which we are engaged generally involve various local, state and federal regulatory and funding agencies, as well as the syndication of low-income housing tax credits, new markets tax credits, brownfield tax credits and historic tax credits.
We also represent our clients in all aspects of industrial development revenue bonds as well as taxable and tax-exempt private activity bonds for multi-family housing and community development transactions, including sale/leasebacks, ground and space leases, condominiums, property tax exemptions and PILOT agreements, conventional and subsidized construction and permanent mortgage loans from private sector and governmental sources, in addition to various forms of credit enhancement such as letters of credit, and interest rate protection such as CAPS, collars and swaps.
Cannon Heyman & Weiss, LLP has a solid understanding of the myriad of complex legal issues that are often involved in housing and community development matters, and we work to structure the overall transaction for the best results. We also have experience handling permitting and land use matters including zoning, site plan approval, special permits and subdivisions, and environmental matters. We are fully familiar with SEQRA, CEQR and other environmental and planning processes that must be completed in the development of any public or private project.


2019 CHW scholarship fund winners

CHW is proud to announce the winners of our seventh annual CHW Scholarship Fund. The Fund was created as an extension of the CHW mission and is reflective of our commitment to the affordable housing industry and community development. Congratulations to these winners who shared their inspiring stories:

Co-First Place  - $10,000 Scholarship Award each

Turquoise Martin, New York, NY

Bahata Saha, New York, NY

Third Place - $5,000  Scholarship Award

Vanessa Watson, New York, NY

Honorable Mention - $500 Scholarship Award 

Zagham Shah, Watervliet, NY

Nano Win, Ithaca, NY


CHW would like to thank everyone who applied for his/her interest and participation. Making the decision was difficult; the essays submitted and recommendations received made it abundantly clear that the applicant pool was of the highest quality. We wish you well in your educational and life pursuits.

Please send us your feedback and let us know if you have suggestions for improving the program next year.

Click here to view a list of the 2018 winners.