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City of Rochester

Law Department


About the Law Department

The Law Department  attends to the City's legal business. It provides legal advice City Council, the Mayor, City departments, boards and agencies. The prepares and interprets contracts and assists in labor negotiations and collective bargaining. It drafts local laws and ordinances. It reviews proposed N.Y. State legislation affecting the City and researches N.Y. State and federal legislation. It handles acquisition, management and disposal of properties and represents the City in civil, criminal and bankruptcy proceedings. It also implements legal remedies to address quality of life and nuisance abatement issues.

The Corporation Counsel is also the principal lobbyist for the City. The Law Department has contracted the services of Ostroff, Hiffa and Associates Inc. for lobbying in Albany, N.Y.; and Kenneth Brown of Strategic Consulting and Government Affairs for lobbying in Washington, D.C.

Filing a Claim

To file a Notice of Claim, follow the instructions available here.

Contact Us

General Information: (585) 428-6990  

Claims/Collections: (585) 428-6949

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