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Senior Associate Counsel-General Law I

Job ID: 3454
Business Unit: MTA Headquarters
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: General Counsel
Date Posted: Jan 16, 2024

Description

               

Job Information

JOB TITLE:                 Senior Associate Counsel - General Law I

SALARY RANGE:       $124,375-$163,242

HAY POINTS:            1056

DEPT/DIV:                 General Counsel

SUPERVISOR:          Deputy General Counsel/Unit Chief General Counsel – General Law I

LOCATION:                2 Broadway, New York

HOURS OF WORK:   9:00 am - 5:30 pm (7 1/2 hours/day)

DEADLINE:                Open Until filled

 

Summary

This position is for a senior level attorney who provides support to the General Law I – Toll Group supervisor, Executive Assistant General Counsel, and the Deputy General Counsel/ Unit Chief General Law I Tower:  (1) This position is responsible for rendering toll-related legal advice to TBTA and MTA in connection with wide ranging toll-related matters, projects and initiatives including, but not limited to, toll collection,  violation enforcement litigation and other toll related litigation, open road Cashless Tolling (ORT), Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP), the EZ-Pass interagency Group, national toll interoperability, toll increases and rebates/discounts, compliance with the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), outside agency investigations, subpoenas, privacy issues and legislation; (2) This position will also be responsible to handle non toll-related legal matters which are of significant legal importance to the General Law I Tower, the MTA and its agencies including, but not limited to, matters in the areas of legislation, corporate policies and procedures, regulatory matters, submissions to New York State and Federal governments and  various agreements, MOU’S and NDA’s between one or more MTA agencies and third parties or government/municipal agencies.

Responsibilities

Provide legal advice, direction and representation regarding tolling policy including, but not limited to, toll increases and rebates/discount plans, open road Cashless Tolling (ORT), Central Business District Tolling Program (CBDTP), one-way tolling, compliance with the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) and the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and privacy issues.

Provide legal advice, direction and representation regarding toll related matters involving other tolling and public agencies including, but not limited to, the E-Z Pass Interagency Group, the New York/New Jersey tolling agencies, national toll interoperability, joint legislation, subpoenas, and investigations by other public agencies.

Provide legal advice and direction regarding toll collection and violation enforcement under ORT and CBDTP including, but not limited to, legislative initiatives, registration suspension, criminal prosecutions, exclusion orders, etc.

Coordinate with and aid outside counsel retained to collect unpaid tolls and violation fees.  On occasion may be asked to directly handle civil litigation, from inception (drafting and preparing complaints for filing and service) through trial/settlement and appeal, and other efforts to collect unpaid tolls and violation fees from scofflaw toll violators.

This position will also be responsible to handle non-toll related legal matters which are of significant legal importance to MTA agencies including, but not limited to, matters in the areas of legislation, corporate policies and procedures, regulatory matters, and required governmental filings/submissions.

In addition, this position will be required to prepare/negotiate various agreements, MOU’s and NDAs between one or more MTA agencies and third parties or government/municipal agencies, as well as perform legal research related to a myriad of topics which impact one or more MTA agencies.

The incumbent is required to perform other assignments as requested.

Desired Qualifications

  • The matters of the MTA are often very complex from a legal perspective. The incumbent will face in-depth problems and will be expected to provide a high level of expertise in various legal matters.
  • The incumbent will be responsible for drafting, negotiating, reviewing, executing, and enforcing multimillion-dollar agreements with third parties and in coordination with other MTA agencies.
  • This position will advise, orally and in writing, Senior Management and User Departments regarding business and policy issues.
  • The incumbent is expected to be a self-starter and show a high degree of initiative and drive, offering assistance and identifying issues at the earliest possible stages.
  • The incumbent will often have to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines and is expected to troubleshoot and recommend viable solutions to legal issues.

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctor degree from an accredited law school; New York State Bar admission and license to practice law maintained in good standing throughout employment.
  • In addition, a minimum of six years of general legal experience, preferably mostly in the public sector, is required.
  • A background with significant civil litigation and/or strong transactional experience is required.
  • A background in toll-related matters is preferred.

Other Information

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.

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