Aug 4th, 2022
$ 137883 - 173431 / Year

Law degree from an accredited law school; admission to, and member in good standing of, the New York State Bar; and eight years of relevant post-bar experience.

Duties Description
The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control/State Liquor Authority’s (ABC/SLA) General Counsel is the chief legal officer of ABC/SLA, providing advice and direction to its senior management and all of its bureaus. Unlike other state agencies, ABC/SLA represents itself in state courts: in Article 78 proceedings challenging disciplinary and licensing decisions and other types of cases. Accordingly, the General Counsel must have significant experience handling and/or managing civil litigation.
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Reporting directly to the Chairman and the Counsel to the Governor.
  • Serve as legal counsel to the Members of the SLA Board at Board Meetings and in other contexts.
  • Lead a staff of approximately 20 employees, most of them attorneys.
  • Represent ABC/SLA, through the prosecuting attorneys on its staff, in administrative hearings held at the SLA, most of them disciplinary cases handled in a quasi-trial format with adverse attorneys before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • Provide advice to the agency and its Board on legislation, rules/regulations, and the informal guidance it issues and engaging (along with senior SLA management) with elected officials and industry groups on those and other matters.
  • Routinely provide assistance to industry members and the public on industry matters, including from time to time issuing formal opinions of Counsel on particular legal issues.

Additional Comments
Note:

  • This position is temporary pending final approval from the Governor’s Office. Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
  • Biweekly travel will be required to NYC for Board meetings as well as additional travel as needed to NYC and Buffalo to fulfill supervisory responsibilities.
  • Overtime will be required.

NOTE ON TELECOMMUTING: ABC/SLA employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to the agency’s Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

NOTE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION/WEEKLY TESTING: All State employees in Executive controlled agencies who are fully vaccinated are to provide proof of this upon hire. At this time all unvaccinated employees do not need to submit weekly testing for COVID-19. Please note the weekly testing requirement may change at any time.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach Alcoholic Beverage Control directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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