Tal Rappleyea

Municipal Law


About Tal Rappleyea

As a municipal lawyer, Tal Rappleyea gets asked this question all the time: What is a municipality?

A municipality is actually just a technical term for a county or city. Although municipalities are mainly responsible for creating their laws, they hire municipal lawyers that are responsible for enforcing those laws. Tal Rappleyea covers the following municipal law issues to reflect the needs of area residents:

  • Education policies, which governs the safety and standards of education in public schools, accommodating students with disabilities, and job security for teachers.
  • Property taxes, which outlines how taxed income from residents can be used to benefit the community.
  • Police power, which oversees how police officers monitor resident behavior.
  • Zoning, which determines how land in the municipality is used.

Some municipal lawyers work internally for one municipality, while others practice law individually for multiple municipalities. Tal practices law individually in his own private practice and serves several counties in the Albany metro area in New York state.

Tal Rappleyea was admitted to the New York State Bar Association in January 1989. This chapter of the bar association is actually the largest voluntary state bar organization in the nation with a membership of more than 74,000 lawyers. Tal is proud to be a member, considering former presidents Grover Cleveland and Chester A. Arthur were members of the New York State chapter as well.

With nearly three decades of experience and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline State University, Tal Rappleyea has explored municipal law in several roles as an attorney, ranging from positions as Attorney for the Town and Attorney for the Village of several municipalities. Currently, Tal is a solo practitioner in his own Law Offices of Tal G. Rappleyea in Valatie, New York and lists municipal law as one of his main concentrations.

Tal is a supporter the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), which is an organization that trains municipal officials and operates as a general support group for municipal officials in each state. He is also very active in his community, as he is a member of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and holds a position in the County Bar Association of New York State.

Although Tal Rappleyea maintains an active lifestyle by volunteering in his community and maintaining memberships in his field of practice, he still makes time for one of his pastimes, golf, by on the range.

  • “Deal of the Year” Award from the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY)
  • Named one of the three new inductees to the Ethics Committee of REBNY
  • Named to the Executive Board of New York Residential Specialists (NYRS).
Insight into Municipal Law

Insight into Municipal Law

Municipal law refers to the rules and regulations governing a particular region, which can either be a city, town or sometimes even a village. The governing bodies in that specific region develop and enforce municipal laws. It is common to find some municipal ordinances that are applicable in different municipalities while others are very specific. Here are some of the different types of municipal laws.

Real Estate Development Law

This is an example of a municipal law that governs the development of real estate properties in a particular area. Some of these laws require the real estate developer to provide car parking areas when developing the land while others control the types of properties that are constructed in a specific region. For example, a region under controlled development is governed by municipal laws that require developers to build a particular type of structure.

Tax and Estates Law

Another different type of municipal law is the tax and estate law. This legislation requires individuals in a particular region to pay an agreed-upon fee on various properties or sometimes animals. People are required to pay for a specific amount of money on a monthly or annual basis on their business, estates, pets, and even parking fees. Some business fees fall under tax and estate municipal laws as they are instituted by the local government.

Environmental Law

Environmental conservation is becoming a matter of consideration in many municipalities around the world. Some of them have formulated municipal laws that regulate and govern solid waste disposal, land use approvals, and other necessary applications before one can use the land. Environmental regulations are also expressed and implemented with various factors such as stormwater management, geotechnical assessment, and geology among others.

Employment Laws

Some employment laws are municipal laws in nature. This explains why one will find minimum wage varying in different states across the United States. These laws govern the relationship between the employer and employee. Employment laws are known to cover a significant number of issues such as performance appraisal, wrongful dismissal, compensation and benefits, working conditions, terminations without cause, and collective bargaining agreements.

Individuals are always advised to research on the municipal laws in a particular region as they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law without knowledge. Smoking might not be a problem in one city, but it is restricted under municipal law in another town.