Town of Ramapo, New York
Questions? call: 845-357-5100

Attorney's Office

Town Attorney
Michael Klein
(845)-357-5100 ext. 237

kleinm@ramapo-ny.gov

 

For general inquiries, please email townoframapoattorney@ramapo.org

The Town Attorney’s Office provides legal services to the Town of Ramapo. The Attorneys represent and counsel the Town and its departments/agencies in all legal matters.

An important function of the department is to assist and provide information to residents and businesses within the Town of Ramapo involving municipal legal issues. The attorneys meet with and speak to Ramapo residents daily, and render written or oral responses to a myriad of inquiries.

Please note that the Town Attorney’s Office is unable to represent people or to provide advice on private matters not directly involving the Town.

The following is a description of the legal services the Attorney’s office provides:

  • Provide legal counsel to the Supervisor and Town Board, and attend all Town Board meetings

  • Provide legal counsel to the Zoning Board and Planning Board and other Boards and Commissions of the Town, attend Board meetings and assist in the preparation of Board decisions

  • Initiate lawsuits on behalf of the Town and defend the Town against lawsuits in all levels of Court - State, Federal and Town

  • Prosecute violations of the Town laws on behalf of various town departments and many vehicle and traffic laws on behalf of the Town police department

  • Draft Local Laws and amendments to the Town's Code

  • Defend the Town in tax certiorari proceedings

  • Negotiate, prepare and review all legal documents for the Town of Ramapo such as Town Board resolutions, inter-municipal agreements, contracts, leases, deeds and easements

  • Negotiate labor agreements with the unions representing town employees

  • Legal research on behalf of the Town Supervisor, Town Board, Department Heads and employees

  • Review personnel matters, personnel contracts, and prosecute disciplinary proceedings against employees

  • Provide information to Town residents and citizens about legal matters involving the Town or Town laws

  • Intervene in NY Public Service Commission utility rate cases and pipeline sitings

  • Coordinate Town Youth Court