Sections & Committees

Local and State Government Law Section


NYSBA Member: $135


This popular, recurring program will review current hot topics and trends in the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws, with a focus on recent statutory amendments and recent New York Court of Appeals decisions, and on issues relating to information technology. Ongoing, high-profile issues, such as dealing with a public body’s “Executive Session,” notice requirements, email and the generation or extraction of information maintained electronically, and grounds for denials of FOIL requests, will be addressed. 

Sponsored by the Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the General Practice Section and the Local & State Government Sectionof the New York State Bar Association. 

Register for the Albany Event Here 
Thursday, September 13th | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Live Program
New York State Bar Center | 1 Elk Street | Albany, NY 12207

Register for the New York City Event Here
Friday, September 14th | 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Live Program
CFA Society New York | 1540 Broadway | Suite 1010 | New York, NY 10036  

3.0 MCLE Credits: 2.5 Areas of Professional Practice; 0.5 Ethics 

NYSBA Member: $135 | Non-Member: $235
General Practice Section Member: $110
Local and State Government Law Section Member: $110

Learn More About The Freedom of Information and the Open Meetings Law CLE Program. 

Program Postcard  - Coming Soon!  

Agenda Topics
  • Ethical Basis of Open Government Laws
  • Freedom of Information Law
  • Open Meetings Law 

Please click here to view the full program agenda

Program Faculty 

Anthony J. Fasano, Esq. | Guercio & Guercio, LLP | Farmingdale
Robert J. Freeman, Esq. | NYS Committee on Open Government | Albany
Cory H. Morris, Esq. | Law Office of Cory H. Morris | Huntington

Newly Admitted Attorneys: To receive skills credit, newly admitted attorneys must take accredited transitional CLE courses in traditional live classroom settings that have been approved by the CLE Board for use by newly admitted attorneys.  For more information about the CLE Rules, please go to  

Out of State Accreditation: This program has also been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California, the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board and the Board of Continuing Legal Education of the State of New Jersey.  If you require MCLE credit in other states, we can provide you a Uniform MCLE Form. 

Partial Credit for Program Segments Not Allowed: Under the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board Regulations and Guidelines, attendees at CLE programs cannot get MCLE credit for a program segment (typically, a lecture or panel, of which there are usually several in a program) unless they are present for the entire segment. Those who arrive late, depart early, or are absent for any portion of the program WILL NOT receive credit for that program segment.

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If you have any questions about this program, please contact Tom Richards; CLE Staff Attorney, or Bridget Donlon; CLE Program Coordinator.


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)

Come for a terrific MCLE program that includes the following topics:
• The Basics of the NYS Freedom of Information Law 
• Ethical Issues for New Public Sector Attorneys-Reliance on a Supervisor’s Reasonable Ethical Judgment
• Defending a Municipality – Introduction to the Notice of Claim 
• Effects of Recent Federal Tax Law Changes on Municipalities and State Government, Including Remedial NY State Legislation
• SEQRA - Proposed 2018 Amendments
• Legislative Update
• Employment Relations Update Including Mandatory Agency Fees After Janus
• Constitutional Home Rule in NYS – The Sword and the Shield, and Other State vs Local Sovereignty Issues
• #MeToo – Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Claims in the Public Sector Workplace
• State and Local Government Attorney Ethics: the Limits of the Attorney-Client Privilege; Lessons from the Russia Election Meddling Investigation

Mark your calendars and come join your colleagues for networking and educational classes September 28-29, 2018!

More information to follow soon!


 NYSBA CLE Program

Local and State Government Law Section

Topics will include:
Hearings under the New York State Administrative Procedure Act Articles 3-5 and State Administrative Law Judges’ Model Code of Conduct
Proceedings Before the New York State Division of Tax Appeals/Tax Appeals Tribunal
NYC - Proceedings Before the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH)
ALBANY - Hearings Before Special Education Impartial Hearing Officers in New York
Hearings Before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board, including Administration of the Paid Family Leave (PFL) LawHearings Before the New York State Department of Environmental ConservationHearings Before the New York State Department of Health and the State Board for Professional Medical Conduct

View the Program Agenda 

New York City | Register Here

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CFA Society New York (formerly NYSSA) 

1540 Broadway #1010, New York, NY 10036

Albany & Webcast | Register Here

Thursday, November 8, 2018

New York State Bar Association

1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

View the Program Agenda 

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at both locations.

7.0 MCLE Credits


In Person Program was recorded on April 27, 2018 at the New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk Street, Albany NY 12207

3.0 MCLE Credits in Professional Practice

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


Additional Information:


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

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 discussed 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

State and Local Government Financial Disclosure Requirements
This program discussed responses to the call for greater transparency and accountability in state and local government operations and focused 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

For questions contact please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452

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:

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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