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The Local and State Government Law Section Spring Forum has been rescheduled as a Webinar on June 17, 2020. Register using the link in our Event Calendar. The Webinar will also be available for purchase as an On-Demand Recording if you cannot attend on June 17th.Check the Online Community to find out about upcoming Section-sponsored Webinars.
The purpose of the Local and State Government Law Section shall be to serve, educate and provide a common meeting ground and impartial forum for those attorneys, whether in the public or private sector engaged in dealing in any capacity with issues in local or state government law. The Section shall carry forward the work of the New York State Bar Association by:
(a) Providing a common meeting ground and impartial forum for those members of the Bar who are engaged in dealing with problems in local and state government law in any capacity;
(b) Furthering a better understanding of local and state government law through the holding of meetings and seminars, the making of studies, surveys and analysis and the dissemination of current information concerning judicial decisions, legislation and other matters of interest to attorneys practicing local and state government law;
(c) Formulating and submitting to the members of the Section and the Association, such reports and recommendations as may be deemed useful to the profession and advisable in the public interest;
(d) Reviewing pending legislation and promoting or opposing the same in the name of the Section (or one of its committees) and, whenever in its judgment necessary or appropriate, initiating legislation;
(e) Furthering the public interest through the practice of local and state government law; and
(f) Furthering access to justice through the promotion of voluntary participation in regional and local pro bono programs.
Contact the Local and State Government Law Section Liaison
To learn more about this Section, please contact Cathy Teeter
Ms. Berlin is a partner in Lamb & Barnosky. She represents management in public and private sector labor and employment law matters, including investigations, discrimination and harassment, disciplinary proceedings, arbitrations, collective bargaining, wage and hour, and federal and state court litigation. She also serves as general counsel to school districts.
Within the State Bar, Ms. Berlin most recently was the Local and State Government Law Section’s first chair. She previously chaired the section’s Employment Relations Committee. She also is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Section. She is a past chair of the Nassau County Bar Association’s Education Law and Labor and Employment Law Committees and of the Suffolk County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Committee.
Ms. Berlin has been named a Best Lawyer in America© for Labor Law – Management, Best Lawyers Women in the Law – Labor and Employment Law, a Super Lawyer in the New York-Metro Area in Labor and Employment Law, a Super Lawyer Top Woman Attorney in the New York-Metro Area and one of the 10 leaders in Employment Law on Long Island. She has been listed in Long Island Business News’ Who’s Who in Employment Law, Who’s Who in Labor Law, and Who’s Who in Women in Professional Services. Ms. Berlin has received numerous accolades including 2016 Outstanding Women in the Law, Business Leader of the Year, the ASIS Public Private Partnership Award, the Nassau County Bar Association’s Directors’ Award and the Long Island Business News’ 40 Under 40 Award. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Long Island Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, co-chaired the Honorary Board for the Suffolk County Coalition Against Domestic Violence and currently serves on the Advisory Board to the Nassau Academy of Law.
Ms. Berlin was a co-editor-in-chief of the Third Edition of the Public Sector Labor and Employment Law treatise. She has written articles for the New York Law Journal, the New York State Bar Association’s Municipal Lawyer, the New York State Bar Journal, and the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section Newsletter. Ms. Berlin was a chapter editor for the American Bar Association treatise “Discipline & Discharge in Arbitration.” She has lectured at programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau/Suffolk Academies of Law, the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Society for Human Resource Management and others.
Ms. Berlin is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and the George Washington University National Law Center.
Past Events Highlights
Managing Your Essential & Non-Essential Public Sector Workforce During The COVID-19 Pandemic (Webinar)
Everything an employer needs, and wants, to know about managing its workforce in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic: the impact of trying to comply…
The Evolution Of Executive Orders And The State Budget: Impact & Response During The COVID Crisis On Local Government (Webinar)
Review of the New York State statutes and Executive Orders governing during this State of Emergency at the state and local level.
An Election Like No Other: Preparing For A Local Election Postponed Due To The COVID-19 Pandemic (Webinar)
The purpose of this webinar is to assist attorneys who represent municipalities and school districts, and attorneys who represent clients in matters involving municipalities and/or…
Restaurant Re-openings: A Local And State Government Perspective On Outdoor Seating, Permitting And The SLA (Webinar)
Restaurants across the state were prohibited from serving patrons on-premises when COVID-19 hit, with carryout, curbside and delivery services being the only options. Now, as…
Changes In The New York Open Government Laws During The Declared Coronavirus Disaster Emergency (Webinar)
Join the Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government as she discusses and answers questions concerning the New York State open government laws…
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. Edited by Prof. Mike Lewyn, the Municipal Lawyer is a publication of the Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and is distributed to Section members free of charge.
The Municipal Lawyer is published as a benefit for members of the Local and State Government Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1530-3969 (print) ISSN 1933-8473 (online)
Government, Law and Policy Journal
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 NY Innovative Public Policy; Aging and Longevity; Renewable Energy; Civil Rights and Disabilities Law; 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. Edited by Rose Mary K. Bailly, the Government, Law and Policy Journal is published twice per year and is available to Local, State and Government Law Section members free of charge.
The Journal is published as a benefit for members of the Local, State and Government Law Section and is copyrighted by the New York State Bar Association. The copying, reselling, duplication, transferring, reproducing, reusing, retaining or reprinting of this publication is strictly prohibited without permission.
© New York State Bar Association. All rights reserved. ISSN 1521-7183 (print) ISSN 1933-8562 (online)
Ethics Litigation Papers
SCEC Felice Reply Affiramtion with Exhibit (PDF File)
SCEC Felice Afrirmation and Exhibits Filed 8-31-10 (PDF File)
SCEC Felice Affirmation in Opposition to Petition and In Support of Motion to Quash with Exhibits(PDF File)
SCEC Felice Affirmation (PDF File)
SCEC Felice Order 10-9-10 (PDF File)
SCEC Felice OTSC and Verified Petition Filed 8-31-10 (PDF File)
PERB Decision in Connection with Town of Islips Financial Disclosure Form (PDF File)
Lexjac, LLC v. Beckerman Appellate Division Brief (PDF File)
Lexjac, LLC v. Beckerman Memorandum and Order (PDF File)
Incorporated Village of PM Board of Trustees Report of Investigation (PDF File)
Putnam Valley Response (PDF File)
Putnam Valley Reply Memo (PDF File)
Putnam Valley MTD Memo (PDF File)
Putnam Valley Reply Affidavit (PDF File)
Putnam Valley Ethics Decision (PDF File)
Ives Hill Country Club (PDF File)
Local And State Government Law Section Committee
- Administrative Law Judges
- Budget Surplus Committee
- CVS Fund Committee
- Committee On Attorneys In Public Service
- Committee On Employment Relations
- Committee On Ethics And Professionalism
- Committee On Land Use, Green Development & Environment
- Committee On Taxation, Finance And Economic Development
- Fall Meeting And Programming
- Finance And Sponsorship Committee
- Law Student
- Legislation Committee
- Liability And Insurance
- Local And State Government Law Section Awards Committee
- Local And State Government Law Section Executive Committee
- Local And State Government Law Section Finance Committee
- Long Term Planning
- Membership And Diversity Committee
- Municipal Counsel
- Public Contracts
- Spring Forum Planning
- State And Federal Constitutional Law
- State Counsel
Ethics for Municipal Lawyers
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
- Municipal Lawyer Ethics Columns
- Sample Financial Disclosure Forms
Legal Resources for Municipal Lawyers
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
- New York Municipal Guide
Sample Ethics Laws
While each of the following ethics laws may contain some deficiencies, such as lack of enforcement authority for the ethics board or an unnecessarily vague gifts provision, on the whole they offer a substantial improvement over Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and illustrate the types of effective local ethics laws municipalities have adopted. The Municipal Lawyers Ethics Columns link contains four columns from the Municipal Lawyer that discuss such laws and provide model provisions:
Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part I: Code of Ethics (Adobe PDF File)
Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part II: Disclosure (Adobe PDF File)
Enacting a Local Ethics Law-Part III: Administration (Adobe PDF File)
Local Ethics Laws: Model Administrative Provisions (Adobe PDF File).
Model Annual Disclosure Form(PDF File)
Town of Brookhaven(PDF File)
Clifton Park LL 10 of 2008(PDF File)
Town of Colonie(PDF File)
Town of East Hampton(PDF File)
Town of Hyde Park(PDF File)
Town of Orangetown(PDF File)
Town of Queensbury(PDF File)
Town of Southampton(PDF File)
Town of Milton(PDF File)
Albany County-Enacted Law(PDF File)
Albany County-Summary Memo(PDF File)