This committee addresses such matters as collective bargaining issues, employment
and personnel policies, and civil service.
Professionalism: This committee address issues
such as statutory conflicts of interest, gifts to public officials, local
ethics codes and boards of ethics, appearances of impropriety, lobbying acts,
and Rule of Professional Conduct specific to municipal attorneys and practice.
Chaired by the Treasurer and including interested Section members, this
committee addresses matters relating to the finances of the Section.
Land Use, Green Development and
Environmental: This committee addresses such
matters as SEQRA, zoning and planning, federal clean air/clean water acts, and
RLUIPA. The Committee also examines ways municipalities can encourage, through
legislation or incentives, sustainable design of structures, increased energy
efficiency and reduced impact on scarce resource resources.
Diversity Committee: This committee works to
develop the Section’s membership, strengthen its diversity, and evaluate and
improve the Section’s services to its members.
Taxation, Finance and
Economic Development: This committee addresses issues such
as real property taxation, real property assessments and grievances, exemptions
and tax cap.
This new committee is aimed at Section members who are attorneys for municipal
entities or serve in a similar capacity either in house or in private
practice. This committee will address issues such as advising local
boards, drafting local laws, procurement, and open meetings and FOIL.
State and Federal
Constitutional Law: This committee is primarily
designed to keep Section members abreast of developments in State and federal
constitutional law. Public officials frequently deal with issues arising
out of the first amendment (employee speech, prayers/ invocations at board
meetings, holiday displays), equal protection and due process (use of public
facilities/changing benefits/salary). It would also be the committee to
address issues arising under the New York State Constitution, such as
separation of powers, home rule and the like.
Liability and Insurance: Many of the Section’s members represent parties in
personal injury litigation involving municipalities, the subject addressed by