Sections & Committees

Local and State Government Law Section


Thursday, January 17, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Total MCLE Credits: 6.00 (Professional Practice 5.00, Ethics 1.00)
Rendezvous, 3rd Floor

Register for the 2019 Annual Meeting Here or Download The Registration Form Here.


Under New York's MCLE rule, this program has been approved for up to 6.0 credit hours (5.0 credits in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics). This program will qualify for credit for newly-admitted attorneys.

Section Chair
Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Lamb & Barnosky, LLP

Bernis E. Nelson, Esq., Bernis E. Nelson, Attorney at Law
A. Thomas Levin, Esq., Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C.
Adam L. Wekstein, Esq., Hocherman Tortorella & Wekstein, LLP

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM
Welcoming Remarks

9:10 AM -10:00 AM
Employment Law: Social Media and Acceptable Use Policies 
 Richard K. Zuckerman, Esq., Lamb & Barnosky, LLP

10:00 AM-10:10 AM

10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Wireless Communications: Small Cell Sites
Speaker: Rebecca J.L. Ruscito, Esq., 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Municipal Fees | Part I
Speaker: A. Thomas Levin, Esq., Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C.
Speaker: Adam L. Wekstein, Esq., Hocherman Tortorella & Wekstein, LLP
Speaker: Peter A. Meisels, Esq., Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (On your own)

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Executive Committee Meeting 
2nd Floor | Clinton | All are welcome

1:30 PM
Annual Business Meeting 

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Municipal Fees | Part II
Speaker: A. Thomas Levin, Esq.
Meyer Suozzi English & Klein, P.C. 
Speaker: Adam L. Wekstein, Esq., Hocherman Tortorella & Wekstein, LLP 
Speaker: Peter A. Meisels, Esq., Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Constitutional Law: Murphy/10th Amendment and Supreme Court Overview
Speaker: Doris F. Bernhardt, Esq., New York City Law Department
Speaker: Meryl Holt Silverman, Esq., Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Speaker: Richard P. Dearing, Esq., New York City Law Department

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ethics for Local and State Government Law Practitioners
Speaker: Steven G. Leventhal, Esq., Leventhal, Cursio, Mullaney & Blinkoff, LLP  
Speaker: Mark L. Davies, Esq. 

Discounts and Scholarships
New York State Bar Association members and non-members may apply for a discount or scholarship to attend this program, based on financial hardship. This discount applies to the educational portion of the program only. Under this policy, any member of our Association or non-member who has a genuine basis for their hardship, if approved, can receive a discount or scholarship, depending on the circumstances. Request for discounts or scholarships must be received prior to January 3rd, 2019. For more details, please contact Kristina Gagnon in writing at New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207 or

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities:  NYSBA welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities. NYSBA is committed to complying with all applicable laws that prohibit discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of its goods, services, programs, activities, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations. To request auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact Beth Gould at 518-487-5674.

For questions about this specific program, please contact Kristina Gagnon at 518-487-5669. For registration questions only, please call the Member Resource Center at 800-582-2452. Fax registration form to 518-463-5993.


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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