Practice Areas

Municipal

Our experience representing individuals, community groups, and businesses with respect to zoning, land use and environmental matters has given us insight and an informed approach to representing municipalities. We have represented municipalities both as Special Counsel and General Counsel.

As General Counsel to municipalities we:

  • advise the municipal board regarding applications submitted to it;
  • attend municipal board meetings and other appointments as requested;
  • assist the municipal board in conducting its municipal business in accordance with procedural and substantive legal requirements;
  • render legal advice in matters related to the municipal board’s official capacity;
  • help the municipal board prepare for public meetings and hearings; and
  • make recommendations to the municipal board regarding proposed amendments to the municipal code.

As special counsel, we represent municipalities seeking to prosecute and defend claims related to environmental, land use, and zoning matters. We also represent municipalities when new energy producing projects are sited, constructed, or expanded within their borders.

As Special Counsel to municipalities, we:

  • challenge State actions that adversely impact the municipality;
  • defend the municipality’s Local Laws and Code;
  • assist in a drafting legislation and Code changes;
  • render advice in SEQRA matters;
  • defend challenged municipal actions and determinations;
  • represent the municipalities in connection with NYISO Interconnection Process and Article VII review process when new energy producing projects seek to connect to a municipal energy system; and
  • represent municipalities in connection with the siting, construction or expansion of energy producing projects within their borders.