The duties of this class are highly professional in nature consisting of assisting the Corporation Counsel in rendering legal counsel to the Mayor and to the City Council. The work calls for a great deal of legal expertise as well as independent judgment and discretion and is under the general supervision of the Corporation Counsel. The incumbent may give direct supervision to the Research Aide and clerical staff of the Department if needed. Does related work as required.
Possession of a law degree from a regionally accredited law school
- Admission to the Bar in New York State or,
- Admission to the Bar in New York State within one year from the time of appointment.
Acts as legal interpreter for the City Council in regard to City code, charter and ordinances; Prepares resolutions, ordinances and local laws for final drafting and approval; Provides legal counsel for the City of Binghamton in labor relations matters, civil service proceedings, personnel, human rights and EEOC matters and workers compensation; Represents the City of Binghamton as defendant in claims and suits regarding unemployment insurance, water and sewer bills, any damage claims not covered by insurance; Represents City in it’s prosecution of City code violations and as plaintiff in collection and small claims procedures; may be appointed to serve as a hearing officer for a variety of issues, including condemnation, billing disputes and union matters.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Familiarity with the principles and practices of common law and of City, State and Federal laws, especially in fields of Criminal and Municipal Corporation Law; familiarity with of civil court procedures and of the rules of evidence; familiarity with the general workings and activities of municipal government; skill in preparing drafts of legal instructions; ability to analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems; ability to plan and supervise work of subordinates; ability to speak clearly and effectively; initiative; good independent and professional judgment in carrying out duties; diplomacy; tact; ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.