Sections & Committees

Local and State Government Law Section


Friday, April 27, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
Reception to Follow 

In Person Program: New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk Street, Albany NY 12207
Webcast Viewing: Hodgson Russ LLP | 140 Pearl Street, Suite 100, Buffalo NY 14202 to veiw the webcast with a reception to follow
Webcast Viewing: New York City Law Department | 100 Church Street, New York, New York 10007  to veiw the webcast with a reception to follow. 

3.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice 

Cost: Free to NYSBA Members | $25 for Non-Members 



2:00 – 3:00 p.m.:  Minority and Woman-owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Purchasing in New York
MWBEs receive special consideration on contracts let by New York State.  The proposed 2019 executive budget includes legislation that would extend these existing MWBE purchasing provisions to local government contracts.  This program will discuss the requirements of the existing MWBE program and what local and state government attorneys need to know about it. 

Martha Mann Alfaro, Esq. 
New York City Law Dept
New York, NY

Noreen VanDoren, Esq.
New York State Office of General Services
Albany, NY

3:00-4:00 p.m.: New York State Response to Changes in Federal Tax Law 
The recent changes in the federal tax laws have prompted a strong response from New York State. This panel will discuss how the changes to the federal tax laws affect New York’s income and real property tax structure, and what the State is doing to protect its taxpayers. 

Danshera Cords, Esq.
Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Albany, New York

Kathleen Hodgdon, Esq.
Associate Counsel
Association of Towns of the State of New York
Albany, New York

4:00-5:00 p.m.: State and Local Government Financial Disclosure Requirements
This program will discuss responses to the call for greater transparency and accountability in state and local government operations and will focus on financial disclosure requirements for state and local government employees, elected officials and officers.

Seth H. Agata, Esq., 
Executive Director
New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics
Albany, New York

Steven G. Leventhal, Esq.
Leventhal, Cursio, Mullaney & Sliney, LLP
Roslyn, New York

5:00 -6:00 Networking Reception

Reception to Follow

For questions contact Beth Gould at to register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 


September 28-29, 2018

The Westin Buffalo | 250 Delaware Ave. | Buffalo NY 14202

Hotel Rooms: $169 a night 

Book your hotel room online today!: or call The Westin Buffalo at 716-858-5900 (Mention the New York State Bar Association Room Block to receive the discount)

Program Information Coming Soon! 

The Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is proud to offer its members and members of the general public this complete resource center on Municipal Ethics. Below please find links to PDF versions of articles, statutes, and NYS Attorney General's Opinion letters.

Attorney General Opinions 

Ethics For Municipal Lawyers

Ethics Litigation Papers

Ethics Presentations

Municipal Lawyer Ethics Columns

Sample Ethics Laws

Sample Financial Disclosure Forms

Welcome to the Local and State Government Law Section's Legal Resource Center!

To assist you with resources the Section has prepared accessible lists of resources available in New York State. Click below on the links to help guide you to our resources:

Ethics for Municipal Lawyers 

General Municipal Law Legal Links (for a variety of legal resources)

Municipal Laws 

Sample Local Laws and Ordinances  

New York Municipal Guide


The Municipal Lawyer features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practice of municipal law on various topics including land use, zoning, ethics, and environmental issues. The Municipal Lawyer is published quarterly by the Local and State Government Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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Each Government, Law and Policy Journal features peer-written substantive articles with a theme on a current issue of interest to government attorneys. Past themes have included Aging and Longevity, Renewable Energy, Civil Rights and Disabilities, Firearms, Public Safety and the Law; The Oversight Function: Guarding the Public Interest; New York State's Budget; Beverage Alcohol Law: Regulation and Policy; Public Authority Reform; Freedom of Information Law; and Climate Change. 

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