Susan Pondish, General Counsel

Portrait of Susan Pondish, General Counsel for NYC DOT

Susan Rogerson Pondish stepped into the role of General Counsel at NYC DOT in 2020 after serving as Deputy General Counsel since 2005.

As the chief legal officer for the agency, Ms. Pondish develops high level legal and policy strategies for the NYC DOT Commissioner and Senior Staff regarding key Administration and Agency priorities. Some examples have included the Open Streets and Restaurants programs, Vision Zero, Congestion Pricing, bike lane programs, truck and transit-way projects, enforcement camera programs; and pedestrian plaza initiatives.

Ms. Pondish is the central liaison to the Administration and New York City Law Department on legal issues as they arise, and is responsible for overseeing all on-going legal advice and guidance regarding many topics, some including: rules and regulations, legislation, risk management, procurement, personnel issues, ethics, security, intellectual property, First Amendment, and environmental issues for various NYC DOT divisions including Transportation Planning and Management, Traffic Operations, Bridges, Roadway Repair and Maintenance, Ferries, and Sidewalks and Inspection Management.

In this position Ms. Pondish also directly manages five offices: the Office of the General Counsel, whose attorneys provide legal advice and guidance to Agency staff; the Office of Cityscapes and Franchises, which oversees the Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise, Bike Share, land use, franchises, revocable consents, and concessions; the Office of Litigation Support and Records Management which assists the NYC Law Department in NYC DOT related lawsuits and manages the Agency’s records; the FOIL Office; and the Office of Environmental Compliance Assessment which reviews and provides advice regarding the Agency’s environmental responsibilities.

Prior to working for NYC DOT, Ms. Pondish was a Senior Counsel for nine years at the NYC Law Department, handling various complex litigation matters. From the NYC Law Department, Ms. Pondish received the Edith Spivack Special Recognition Award for dedicated civil service in 2004, and the Dorothy Miner Award for Outstanding Service as Counsel to an Agency in 2014. Ms. Pondish holds a law degree from Fordham University School of Law, a Masters in Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Albany.