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Mackenzie Hughes was lead counsel in important litigation, including on appeal, protecting a municipality's right to set fees for outside developers who initiate projects within the municipality, thereby reducing municipal expenses and saving taxpayer dollars.

Mackenzie Hughes attorneys practicing within the Municipal area include:

Ryan T. Emery
W. Bradley Hunt
Richard P. James
Christian P. Jones
Barry M. Shulman
Edward J. Spencer III

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Mackenzie Hughes attorneys include a former member of the New York State Legislature and the top attorney (Corporate Counsel) for the City of Syracuse.

Our attorneys have served as both general and special counsel for labor, litigation, environmental, finance, tax certiorari and zoning matters. As special counsel, we work closely with a municipality's general counsel to provide expertise on specific situations.

Our work has earned us a reputation as a leading counsel to municipalities and private parties in a wide variety of situations, including:

General Municipal Law
  • Counsel at board meetings
    • Open Meetings Law
    • Freedom of Information Law
    • Other related issues
  • Review and preparation of contracts, legal notices and other legal documents
  • Advice concerning planning, policies and procedures
  • Preparation of legislation, referenda and resolutions
  • Creation of special districts
  • Annexations and diminutions

Municipal Litigation
  • Civil rights; First Amendment; due process
  • Personal injury
  • Tax certiorari and assessment
  • Article 78 proceedings
  • Finance and commercial litigation
  • Real estate and zoning litigation
  • Environmental claims, defense and recovery

Land Use Planning
  • Zoning enactments and amendments
  • Subdivision and site plan approvals
  • Special use permits, use and area variances
  • Compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR)

Public Labor and Employment Law
  • Labor/management relations including:
    • Collective bargaining
    • PERB proceedings
    • Arbitration
  • Counsel on compliance with all federal and state employment laws, including:
    • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
    • New York Human Rights Law
  • Proceedings before PERB, EEOC and the Division of Human Rights
  • Counsel on nondiscriminatory record-keeping, termination of employment, and civil service requirements


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