Job Description

The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services (OENS) works closely with other HPD divisions and outside community partners to identify buildings in distress assess and develop appropriate strategies to address those properties, and work closely with responsible owners to develop a plan to improve conditions and return buildings to firm financial footing and physical health. OENS uses enforcement tools within its Division of Code Enforcement, Housing Litigation Division, Emergency Repair Program, the Division of Neighborhood Preservation and the Division of Special Enforcement to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.

The Office of Enforcement and Neighborhood Services is composed of 8 divisions:

• Preservation Services Exec Office (EXEC), Data Management & Technology (DMT), Division of Neighborhood Preservation (DNP), Administration & Internal Compliance (AIC), Housing Litigation Division (HLD), Division of Code Enforcement (DCE), Emergency Operations Division (EOD), Division of Special Enforcement (DSE)
Your Impact:
Housing Litigation Division (HLD) initiates litigation against building owners in Housing Court to ensure compliance with housing standards contained in the New York City Housing Maintenance Code and New York State Multiple Dwelling Law. HLD seeks orders to correct violations, civil penalties, access warrants, and appears in tenant-initiated proceedings.
Your Role:
In support of the Mayor’s LeadFree NYC Initiative and under the direction of the Assistant Commissioner your role will be Supervising Attorney in the Housing and Litigation Division.   
Your Responsibilities:

As a Supervising Attorney your responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to the following: 

• Serving as a Senior Staff Attorney and Supervising Attorney executing difficult and complex negotiations on behalf of the agency, including cases involving lead paint and owner’s compliance with the New York City Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2004;
• Reviewing, revising and approving agreements prepared by other attorneys;
• Coordinating with Lead Compliance Officer regarding litigation involving Childhood Lead Poisoning;
• Litigating cases in the Housing Part of New York City Civil Court and on occasion in NYS Supreme Court;
• Preparing and reviewing complex briefs, motions, legal opinions, affidavits, memoranda and other legal papers relating to Mayor’s LeadFree NYC Initiative;
• Completing research and preparing cases for trial and arguing them before the courts or quasi-judicial bodies;
• Coordinating legal investigations and informal hearings and examining witnesses;
• Advising and assisting HLD attorneys on legal aspects of enforcement and administration of acts, rules, laws and regulations pertaining to Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Compliance.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. Admission to the New York State Bar; and either “2” or “3” below.

2. One year of satisfactory United States legal experience subsequent to admission to any state bar; or

3. Six months of satisfactory service as an Agency Attorney Interne (30086). 

Incumbents must remain Members of the New York State Bar in good standing for the duration of this employment.

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements:

To be assigned to Assignment Level (AL) II, candidates must have one year of experience at Assignment Level I or two years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment. To be assigned to AL III candidates must have two years of experience in Assignment Levels I and/or II or three years of comparable legal experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.

Preferred Skills

•       Preference given to candidates who have at least five (5)  years of experience at Assignment Level III or six (6) years of comparable legal  experience subsequent to admission to the bar, in the areas of law related to the assignment.
•     Knowledge of the New York City’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act of 2003, also known as Local Law 1 of 2004 (LL1);
• Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as proficiency with PC software such as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.
• Knowledge of the various HPD’s internal databases, including but not limited to: HLD’s Litigation Management System (LMS) and HPDINFO.

To Apply

Apply Online.

Work Location

100 Gold Street

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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