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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 05/02/24

Applications Due08/15/24

Vacancy ID157675


AgencyState Comptroller, Office of the

TitleSenior Attorney (NY HELPS) Item #01198

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $93530 to $117875 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Office of the New York State Comptroller

110 State Street

City Albany


Zip Code12236

Minimum Qualifications No exam required under the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide (NY HELPS) Program:
For appointment to the Assistant Attorney 1 you must have: Law school graduation and/or eligibility for the NYS Bar Admission.
For appointment to the Assistant Attorney 2 you must have: Admission to the NYS Bar.
For appointment to the Assistant Attorney 3 you must have: 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 2, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 12 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.
For appointment to the Senior Attorney you must have: 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3, or Admission to the NYS Bar and 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience


Competitive Minimum Qualifications:
70.1 Transfer:
For a 70.1 transfer to the Senior Attorney, SG-25, you must have one year of permanent competitive service in an approved 70.1 title allocated to a salary grade 23 or above.

52.6 Transfer:
For a 52.6 transfer to the Senior Attorney, SG-25, you must have one year of permanent competitive service in an approved 52.6 title allocated to a salary grade 23 or above and must have 12 months as an Assistant Attorney 3 OR admission to the New York State Bar AND 24 months of subsequent satisfactory legal experience.
To determine if your current Civil Service title is eligible for transfer to this title, visit the Career Mobility GOT-IT website: Career Mobility Office » GOT-IT (

Appointments via transfer must not result in a second, consecutive transfer with an advancement of more than two S-grades or one M-grade.

This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.
For more information on this program, please visit the NYS Department of Civil Service website, 55b/c Recruitment Resources Center (

Duties Description Provide legal advice to staff of OSC’s Division of Local Government and School Accountability in connection with audits of local governments, and provide advisory technical assistance to municipal attorneys, local government officials, taxpayers and others on various areas of law relating to municipal government and finance.
• Review and edit informational materials prepared by LGSA staff for posting on OSC website. Review for legal compliance certain documents required to be submitted for filing with OSC.
• Analyze documents and inquiries to identify legal issues.
• Perform necessary legal research of statutes, case law, legislative history, etc.
• Develop oral or written responses, including legal reasoning.

Assess the legal sufficiency of applications by local governments for the State Comptroller’s approval of the establishment of town and county special districts (including water and sewer districts), business improvement districts, the issuance of indebtedness by certain local governments located within the Adirondack Park and exceeding or excluding indebtedness from Constitutional debt limits.
• Undertake review and analysis of documents and information submitted as part of the application including, as appropriate, engineers’ reports, grant agreements, proposed real property tax assessment and fee rates, bond resolutions, contracts and other materials.
• Apply legal principles of the law pertaining to the Comptroller’s approval functions.
• Coordinate with the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government and School Accountability (LGSA) and interact with representatives of the applicant-local government.
• Prepare in-house legal opinions and other documents in connection with the approval function.

Miscellaneous, including making presentations at training seminars and webinars for municipal attorneys and other local government officials on special district issues and certain other topics.
• Participating in drafting certain OSC Program Bills and supporting memoranda, and review and comment on pending legislation relating to special district and certain other issues relative to municipal finance.
• Undertake preparation, including research of the subject area, outline of written remarks, and preparation of handouts and PowerPoint. Undertake legal research as necessary.
• Prepare proposed bill language and memoranda for review.
• Review and analyze technical issues raised by pending bills. Prepare and present comments.

Additional Comments Desired Competencies
• Admission to the NYS Bar.
• At least one year of experience practicing law in NYS.
• Fundamental understanding of NYS laws pertaining to municipal government and finance, including the imposition of taxes and assessments, and borrowing.
• Fundamental understanding of the structure and function of NYS local governments.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to organize large volumes of factual and legal data into clear and logical sequences.
• Ability to analyze legal issues and identify significant cases, opinions and facts.

The Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) supports telecommuting where it is reasonable to do so based upon the agency’s mission and operational needs. Generally, employees new to OSC will be restricted from telecommuting for at least 8 calendar weeks. After the initial 8 calendar week restriction, if an employee’s duties and work performance are aligned with telecommuting they may be allowed to do so. Upon approval to telecommute, OSC employees may telecommute up to 5 days per pay period.

Reasonable Accommodation:
The NYS Office of the State Comptroller provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Division of Human Resources at (518) 474-1924.

Equal Opportunity Employment:
The Office of the NYS Comptroller values a workforce with a broad, diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives. All employees are expected to contribute to a professional environment focused on self-evaluation and improvement, as well as acceptance and support of coworkers.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Yasmin Vivian Cope

Telephone (518) 474-1924

Fax (518) 486-6723

Email Address


Street Office of Human Resources

110 State Street, 12th Floor

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12236


Notes on ApplyingSubmit a clear, concise cover letter and resume stating how you meet the above minimum qualifications to, no later than August 15, 2024. To access the job vacancy, copy the link above and paste it into your web browser. Documents must be sent as unlocked and accessible attachments.
If you have questions about this vacancy, please contact this Division representative:
Division contact: Kelli Bailey,

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