REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR LEGAL SERVICES
Town of Blooming Grove
This request for Proposals (“RFP”) is issued by the Town of Blooming Grove (“Town”) to determine the eligibility
of experienced Legal Counsel to provide services for the Town of Blooming Grove for this service. The purpose of this RFP is to establish the identity of individuals and organizations that are qualified for this service. The Town desires professional legal services to assist the Town Board and other Town entities such as the Planning and Zoning Boards or other officials as necessary. The Town, as a municipal entity, has many requirements for legal services and only the most qualified professionals who provide the most effective and economical services will be selected.
Typical responsibilities of the Town’s Attorney will include:
Attendance at Board Meetings. Attendance at Special-called meetings as needed. Review of official Town contracts. Assist in development and review of draft ordinances/amendments prepared by Town staff, prior to consideration by the Board. Approve all official bonds. Review and approve draft resolutions as to form as requested. Assistance with real estate transactions associated with Town projects and/or operations. Assist in development and review draft or approve deeds, contracts and any other instruments relating to the business of the Town. Prosecute and defend suits for and against the Town and for and against Town officers acting in their official capacity. Advise the Boards and other Town officers as to the legality and legal consequences of proposed courses of actions.
Desired Qualifications of the sole practitioner and/or firm:
A thorough understanding of the legal framework of municipal government in New York. Admission in both New York State and Federal Courts. Diverse legal experience, particularly in the areas of municipal liability, regulation of new development, public employment law, construction and professional service contracts, and real estate law. Prior municipal law experience in service to a New York city, town, or village. Accessibility for the Supervisor, Board, and designated Town staff as needed.
Consideration for Proposals:
All Respondents must submit a detailed statement of the services to be performed and the costs and fees anticipated to be incurred. Proposals may include a monthly retainer and hourly rate, or a monthly retainer against which the hourly rate will be billed. The hourly rate may be a blended rate or separate hourly fees for specific services, different attorneys, or paralegal services.
All applications become the property of the Town. Submissions will be promptly reviewed by the Town. Interviews and/or additional information may be requested by the Town.
Proposals must be signed and received on or before the end of business day on August 25, 2017 and addressed to Darlena E. Decker, Town Clerk, Town of Blooming Grove, PO Box 358, 6 Horton Road, Blooming Grove, NY 10914. Contact number: 845-496-3895.
The Blooming Grove Town Board reserves the right to reject any and all proposals or any portion thereof that it feels are not in the best interest of the Town and to negotiate with any one or more of the responding firms.