The position of Village Attorney is unique to the Village of Port Chester. Unlike other villages in the State of New York, the Village Attorney is a full-time position, appointed by the Village Manager with a long term contract. The Village Attorney must have extensive municipal law experience, an appreciation for the diversity of the community and dedication to the public interest.
The Village Attorney is responsible to advise the Mayor, Board of Trustees, the Village Manager and all departments, boards and commissions of the Village. In addition, the Village Attorney prepares legislation, drafts and reviews contracts, renders opinions, drafts contracts, assists in negotiation collective bargaining negotiations and acts as counsel to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Village Attorney’s office provides legal services to the Village Manager, Board of Trustees, Village departments, boards and commissions, and Village officers and employees when required under the Village Code.
Under the terms of the Village Code, the Village Attorney is appointed by the Village Manager and has an employment contract. The position requires extensive municipal law experience.
The Village Attorney is assisted by part-time dedicated outside resources who prosecute violations of New York and Village codes.
The Village Attorney has a wide range of responsibility, such as representing the Village in litigation, preparing contracts, drafting legislation such as resolutions and local laws, assisting the Manager negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and rendering legal opinions.
Outside counsel is occasionally retained for specialized services or a conflict of interest upon approval Village Manager and Board of Trustees.
The mission of the Village Attorney’s office is to help the Village of Port Chester serve the public interest by providing non-partisan, innovative and timely legal advice and advocacy. To fulfill such mission, public input and collaboration is encouraged. The Village Attorney makes himself available to residents, on an appointment basis, to speak with citizens who wish to come forward with suggestions.