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Municipal Law & Land Use

The McCarthy Fingar Team

The attorneys in our Municipal Law & Land Use group have years of experience in municipal matters. Attorneys in our group have held elected office, been employed in government service and served in appointed volunteer positions. For our municipal clients, we handle general as well as special representation in such areas as planning, zoning and environmental law and in rem tax foreclosure and tax certiorari proceedings. For our private sector clients, we appear before government boards and agencies in those areas. We also engage in administrative and litigated proceedings both before and on behalf of governmental units.

What We Do

Our Municipal Law & Land Use lawyers represent and serve cities, towns, villages and special districts on a wide range of matters throughout the Hudson Valley including the following:

  • Drafting of municipal resolutions, local laws, contracts, and other legal documents
  • Land use application review and New York State Environmental Quality Review Act compliance
  • Review of municipal agendas and representation at municipal meetings and hearings to proactively identify and diffuse potential legal problems
  • Examination of the tax assessment rolls and representation in tax assessment appeals
  • Representation at court proceedings and hearings, including litigation as to a Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Creation of forms, policies and procedures to standardize government operations and best practices
  • Advice and counsel to minimize municipal liability

Our Municipal Law & Land Use lawyers also represent private sector clients in a broad range of municipal areas, including the following:

  • Environmental review, including New York State Environmental Quality Review Act compliance
  • Subdivision applications and approvals
  • Site plan applications and approvals
  • Special permit applications and approvals
  • Zoning change and variance applications and approvals
  • Tax certiorari proceedings
  • Article 78 and other challenges to municipal determinations
  • Building Code, Zoning Code and environmental violations and compliance
  • Representation of third parties who may be impacted by municipal determinations

Practical Solutions for Our Clients

Our Municipal Law & Land Use attorneys develop comprehensive strategies for our municipal and private sector clients. In particular, the process for major development projects has become increasingly complex and controversial. Processing environmental review and zoning and planning approvals for a major land development can require several years and involve extensive negotiations among governmental entities, private developers and interested neighborhood, environmental and other organizations. Strategic planning is essential to a successful conclusion of the development process. Our lawyers are skilled in the process and understand the legal requirements as well as the political arena in which applications are processed and approved. 

Contact Us

McCarthy Fingar's Municipal Law & Land Use lawyers are dedicated to our clients' success. If you think you may require our assistance or have any questions, please contact: