Every year, the City and its agencies enter into an exceptionally broad array of contracts touching upon virtually every function of City government – ranging from contracts with private companies to build or repair bridges, roads, schools, and other parts of the City's infrastructure; to leases of important public properties, such as Shea or Yankee Stadium or the City airports; to contracts for goods and services, such as copier machines, school bus transportation, and housing for people with AIDS. Whenever litigation arises under one of these contracts, Commercial and Real Estate Litigation attorneys represent the public agencies involved. Such litigation may take the form of proceedings before the Contract Dispute Resolution Board or Article 78 proceedings in State Court, or actions in State or Federal Court raising complex contractual, statutory, and/or Constitutional issues, often with many millions of dollars at stake. Division attorneys are frequently confronted with analytical, investigative, and strategic challenges, novel legal questions, sophisticated accounting issues, and intriguing facts.
The diversity of contract disputes that come to the Division is a product of the City government's wide-ranging activities, both in the procurement of all types of goods and services and in the fast-paced world of real estate development in all five boroughs. City agencies also lease millions of square feet of commercial real estate, both as landlord and tenant, and assist community groups in managing and purchasing housing.
In addition to defending the City's interests, the Division also initiates proceedings and recovers substantial sums for the City. A Mortgage Foreclosure unit brings foreclosures in the event of default on City-issued mortgages, and collects charges due the City in surplus proceedings. An Affirmative Real Estate Unit enforces the City's rights to rent and other payments.