Town Attorney

Legal Counsel: Provide legal assistance and guidance to the Supervisor, Town Board, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Ethics Board, legislative committees of the Town Board, and all other Town Departments, Town officials and Town employees.
Litigation: Initiate, coordinate and defend actions and proceedings for the Town in all levels of court.
Draft, review, and negotiate: Prepare and review all legal documents for the Town including but not limited to, Town Board resolutions, contracts, license agreements, easements, franchise agreements, leases, and agenda packets. Negotiates collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understandings with unions. Draft local laws and updates to the Code of the Town of Niskayuna.
Administration and investigations: Coordinate with the Town Comptroller regarding interpretation and enforcement of Town policies, and conducts investigations of alleged violations of Town policies. Provide assistance with grievances and legal interpretation of collective bargaining agreements. Provide guidance in connection with responding to FOIL requests. Ensure Town complies with all contractual obligations and applicable federal, state, and local laws. 
Tax Certiorari: Assist in the review tax challenges against the Town and works closely with the Assessor to coordinate the defense of these property tax challenges.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Paul Briggs Town Attorney 518-372-5689
Alexis E. Kim Deputy Town Attorney 518-386-4516