Practice Areas

MUNICIPAL

If it's in the public sector, it's within our range of services. We help municipal officials serve their constituents in every way possible.

Municipal governments have to respond to a wide assortment of issues, and Cullen and Dykman can provide them with “one stop shopping” for their legal needs. We advise clients on everything from the structure of municipal government and the rights and responsibilities of all public officers, to the preparation and enactment of local laws and regulations, to the holding of local elections, and the proper procedures to be used in public meetings. We counsel extensively on New York’s Open Meetings Law and Freedom of Information Law. One of the largest components of municipal expense is labor costs; we negotiate collective bargaining agreements for every type of employee covered by New York’s Taylor Law. We help our municipal clients comply with all competitive bidding and prevailing wage mandates. We regularly provide guidance on all zoning and land use issues, including compliance with New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”) and attendance at meetings of Boards of Zoning Appeals. We handle a variety of litigation matters for our municipal clients, including Article 78 proceedings of every variety, Fair Housing Act cases, personal injury cases, and contract actions. We also defend our clients in tax certiorari cases, helping to preserve the municipal tax base. We have given advice to tour municipal clients in virtually every area of law.

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