The Legal Counsel Division is a counseling unit that advises the Mayor, other elected officials, and City agencies on issues concerning virtually every area of municipal law. The Division provides the legal advice and crafts the legislative changes necessary to shape and implement policy initiatives. The Division is responsible for drafting State and local legislation proposed by the Mayor and City agencies, and for assisting in the drafting of administrative rules. On a daily basis, Division attorneys field questions from City Hall and City agencies on issues of overriding importance to the City as well as those regarding day-to-day administration. Division attorneys often represent the Law Department on interagency task forces considering policy initiatives and work closely with the Mayor's Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs to assist in the passage or defeat of legislation.
The Grants and Compliance Unit, housed within the Legal Counsel Division, provides ongoing advice and counseling to ensure lawful claiming and expenditure of federal and state financial aid, and assists in the development, implementation and enforcement of internal compliance protocols. The unit also represents the City before federal and state oversight entities and in connection with audits.