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.
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 & PERSONALCHARACTERISTICS: 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.
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.
ROAD SURFACE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM INTERNS (1 Position per Agency): Students perform the following activities during the summer:
- collect road inventory and condition surveys
- determine repair alternatives and associated unit costs
- generate a prioritized listing of road repairs using CAMP-RS computer program
- create a five year plan using prioritized listings
- instruct a municipal employee on how to update CAMP-RS
- prepare a final summary report; present report to the elected Board
- provide a copy of the final report, including five-year plan, to CLRP and the municipality; complete an internship/program evaluation form
- assist the highway department in other roles as time permits
As a municipal employee, hours are same as hours of any other summer employee in the department, whether the agency works a five-day or four-day work week during the summer. Training is provided at the end of May. 1-1/2 days are with the municipal employee and the student together, who are taught about pavement management systems and CAMP-RS in particular. Municipal employees and students work together to survey real roads, input data into CAMP-RS, and generate reports. Program administrators will make a minimum of two field visits to help students overcome any difficulties specific to the municipality, ensure surveys and reports are created in the proper manner, and to help the public works agency understand that information. In addition, staff will be available to students for phone consultation and by email as needed. Staff also provides necessary computer support & project advice to enable interns and employees to complete CAMP-RS successfully.
A more detailed description of the program is available at the Cornell Local Roads Program (www.clrp.cornell.edu).
College student in engineering field (preferred) with an interest in road and highway maintenance and management. DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.