The Hudson Valley is home to hundreds of overlapping municipalities, public authorities and special districts carrying on the public business based on a complex delineation of authority.

At the law firm of Rodenhausen Chale LLP we provide skilled legal counsel to municipalities and authorities throughout the Hudson Valley region and eastern New York based on an in-depth understanding of New York municipal and public authority law. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the services we provide.

Our attorneys represent cities, towns, villages, school districts, water and sewer districts, fire districts, libraries, industrial development agencies (IDAs), local development corporations (LDCs), solid waste agencies and other special districts and public authorities in circumstances such as the following.

Bidding and procurement: We help clients achieve compliance with all applicable New York state bidding and procurement laws and guidelines.

Legislative drafting: We are experienced at drafting sound, effective municipal local laws, regulations, resolutions, ordinances and other legislative materials.

Negotiation and preparation of contracts: We are available to draft, review and negotiate contracts with consultants, contractors and other parties. We prepare inter-municipal agreements for many types of shared services.

Board procedures: We advise our clients regarding open meetings, public hearings, SEQR and Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) matters. We are experienced at drafting proceedings for permissive and mandatory referenda in compliance with applicable New York State law.

Real estate matters and capital projects: We guide clients through the process of purchasing and selling real estate, negotiating easements and developing capital facilities.

Local government ethics: Government entities are governed by state and local laws and policies governing ethics and conflicts. We are experienced at advising clients on ethics issues.

District Proceedings: We advise our municipal clients regarding creation, modification and construction projects for special districts including water and sewer projects.

Article 78 Proceedings: We represent both municipal and private clients regarding Article 78 proceedings against municipal entities, including appeals.

Municipal finance: We serve as Red Book bond counsel to municipalities issuing general obligations and public authorities issuing both general obligations and revenue obligations.

Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOTs): We advise municipalities regarding all types of PILOT agreements including private housing developments and IDA projects.

As a result of our depth of experience in related areas, we are able to assist with transactions involving multiple parties, jurisdictions and issues. Please contact us to discuss your needs with an experienced municipal law attorney.