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Municipal Law
Real Property Tax

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Rick James, a partner with Mackenzie Hughes, provides general counsel and litigation services to municipalities, contractors, sureties and financial institutions.

Since joining the Firm in 1990 he has represented municipalities and private land owners throughout New York State in over 150 different Supreme Court proceedings involving assessments in excess of one million dollars. Rick has served as special legal counsel to the Counties of Onondaga and Cortland, the Cities of Syracuse, Cortland, Binghamton and Oswego, and numerous towns, villages, school districts and public authorities across New York State. In addition to defending assessments, he has secured tax exemptions and multi-million-dollar assessment reductions on behalf of taxpayers, saving them millions of dollars in tax liability.

Rick graduated with High Honors from Onondaga Community College, summa cum laude from SUNY Geneseo and magna cum laude from the SUNY at Buffalo School of Law. While in law school, he received the State and Local Government Award, served on the Buffalo Law Review, and published an article on governmental immunity.

Rick, a member of several bar associations, has been a Town Justice, Chairman of a Town Zoning Board of Appeals, and was appointed by two Chief Judges of New York State's highest court to serve as a Trustee of the New York State Lawyer Assistance Trust.

In his spare time he enjoys martial arts, antiques, Harley-Davidson motorcycles and old cars.


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