Prepares all ordinances, and local laws prosecutes violations of town code and defends litigation brought against the town for civil damages. Prepares and oversees all contracts entered into by the town. Gives legal advice to the Town Board and other Town Departments on a daily basis. Acts as legal counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals. Commences litigation on behalf of the Town. Approves Insurance Certificates, Boards, and Letters of credit as to form.
Commonly Asked Questions of the Town Attorney:
Q: Can the Office of the Town Attorney represent or give legal advice to taxpayers and residents of the Town of Riverhead?
A: While this Office hopes to provide the utmost assistance to residents and taxpayers of Riverhead, we are unable to represent or provide legal advice to them. By law the Office of the Town Attorney acts as the legal advisor to the Town. The role and job of this Office is to give legal advice to the Town Board, town officials, town departments, boards, and committees on governmental matters. As such, the Office of the Town Attorney cannot offer residents and/or taxpayers of Riverhead any legal counsel.
Q: How can I find a lawyer to represent me?
A: One way is referral; in other words, ask a friend, a family member for the name and telephone number of an attorney that has assisted them on a similar dispute or transaction in the past. Alternatively, The New York State Unified Court System offers a directory of lawyers in your area. Also, you can contact the Suffolk County Bar Association Lawyer Referral & Information Service at (631) 234-5577.