Municipal Law

Keane & Beane, P.C. handles all aspects of public sector municipal law, representing municipalities themselves as well as private party applications to municipal boards.

On behalf of municipalities, we provide:

  • Day-to-day counseling
  • Preparation of contracts for services and inter-municipal agreements
  • Code revisions
  • Oversight of project bidding, zoning and development, review and approval
  • Advice on labor relations and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements
  • Representation at administrative hearings
  • Complex court litigation.

We represent private sector clients before municipal boards on matters including:

  • Zoning changes, variances, and site plans
  • Special permit approvals and other land use applications
  • Utility projects and rate setting,
  • Organization of municipal and private sewer and water districts
  • Tax certiorari proceedings.

Our attorneys represent and have represented many municipalities as general or special counsel, including the Villages of, Pleasantville, Rye Brook and Spring Valley; Suffern, Ardsley, Pelham, the Towns of Bedford, Haverstraw, Lewisboro, Red Hook, New Castle, North Castle, Orangetown and Pelham; the Cities of Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Peekskill; and the Counties of Orange, Putnam and Ulster.

We are active in the New York State Bar Association Municipal Law Section and lecture to the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, New York State Association of Towns and Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Notable examples of our track record in this area include:

  • The first codification of local laws and ordinances and the comprehensive redrafting of subdivision regulations for the Village of Rye Brook and Town of Southeast.
  • Successfully defending the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s Findings Statement concerning the proposed redevelopment of the GM factory, known as Lighthouse Landing. In this case, the Supreme Court of New York issued a comprehensive decision dismissing the vast majority of General Motor’s Challenge.
  • Securing major reclassifications of surface waters on behalf of an investor-owned water company serving 85,000 residents in the State of Connecticut.
  • Drafting zoning ordinances for the Towns of Red Hook and Woodstock, NY.
  • Overseeing a $28 million redevelopment of waste water treatment plant and organization of sewer district in the Town of Bedford

Important Advantages for Clients

Our multi-faceted involvement in the legal and general welfare of our municipalities benefits both our public and our private sector clients. Our attorneys draw on the firm’s in-depth experience in many related areas, including Land Development & Zoning, Labor Relations & Employment Law, litigation and contract law to achieve outstanding results, always with attentive and personalized service.

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