Joseph G. McKay

Partner
Newburgh, New York USA
845-764-4273
888-719-4746
845-565-1999
Joseph G. McKay

Joseph G. McKay has been practicing law since 1992. His practice is concentrated in the areas of municipal law, including land use and environmental law, and municipal and commercial litigation. Mr. McKay acts as General Counsel to town and village boards, planning boards, zoning boards and industrial development agencies and also represents private property owners and developers to obtain permits, variances and land use approvals before such boards.

Mr. McKay has extensive experience representing local governments with respect to municipal land use and planning, including their adoption and implementation of comprehensive master plans, code development, SEQRA compliance, zoning moratoria, and zoning regulations. He successfully acted as litigation counsel and general counsel in the creation of the Village of South Blooming Grove and he has regularly represents parties to land use disputes in Article 75 and Article 78 proceedings, annexation proceedings, civil rights defense and appeals in state and federal court. 
 
In addition to his private practice background, Mr. McKay served the public as a New York City Administrative Law Judge, Assistant Commissioner and Executive Agency Counsel for the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission and as a Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village of Washingtonville. He honed his legal scholarship skills as a Law Review Member and Research Editor and as a legal assistant to the Honorable George C. Pratt, Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. 

Mr. McKay is admitted to practice in New York State and before the Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern United States District Courts, the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Orange County Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Law
  • General and Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Real Estate Development

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit

Education

  • Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center Huntington, New York
    J.D. - 1991
  • Pace University New York, New York
    B.B.A. - 1986

Classes/Seminars

  • Instructor - Administrative Law , CLE
  • Lecturer- "Tax Certiorari Actions"
  • Lecturer- "Police Disciplinary Procedures", National Business Institute, CLE
  • Panel Member- "Effective Town Budget Preparation"

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association, 2002 - Present
  • Washingtonville Zoning Board of Appeals, Former Member
  • Former NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Executive Agency Counsel and Assistant
  • Former NYC Administrative Law Judge
  • Touro Law Review, Research Editor
  • Orange County Association of Cities, Towns, and Villages
  • Association of Towns of the State of New York

Pro Bono Activities

  • Former Member Washingtonville Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Former NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission, Executive Agency Counsel and Assistant Commissioner
  • Former NYC Administrative Law Judge