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November Newsletter
November 24, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 14 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

October Newsletter
We hope you enjoy Issue 13 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

City Hall Pass: Your City, Your Podcast
October 20, 2021
As part of an ongoing column for AMNY, Communications Advisor Stathi Patseas discusses the City Hall Pass podcast.

Meet Kapil Longani, NYC's Counsel to the Mayor During a Challenging Time for the City
October 19, 2021
Kapil spoke with New York Law Journal about confronting the novel legal issues facing our city during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Inside the city worker vaccination-or-test mandate
September 29, 2021
Chief of Staff, Bess Chiu answers questions for AMNY about the vaccination or test mandate and what it means for City workers.

September Newsletter
We hope you enjoy Issue 12 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

The Key to NYC and what it means for you
August 26, 2021
Deputy Counsel, Kate Cocklin answers questions for AMNY about the Key to NYC and what it means for New Yorkers.

August Newsletter
August 18, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 11 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Brevard native finds immigrant roots serve him well as NYC mayor's counsel
August 6, 2021
Kapil Longani recently spoke with his hometown paper Florida Today about his work responding to COVID-19 as Chief Counsel to the Mayor, and told his family's inspiring immigrant story.

Ask the Counsel to the Mayor
July 28, 2021
Read the second installment of a new column for AMNY "Questions for the Counsel" where Kapil Longani answers questions about our work serving New Yorkers.

July Newsletter
July 21, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 10 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

2021 Power of Diversity: Asian 100
From July 19, 2021
Kapil Longani is featured in City & State's 2021 Power of Diversity: Asian 100 as one of New York's top Asian American leaders.

Questions & Answers
July 7, 2021
Kapil spoke to the Skadden Alumni Magazine about his contributions to the city's efforts to respond to the crisis.

June Newsletter
June 15, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 9 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Questions for the Counsel
June 2, 2021
Read the first installment of a new column for AMNY "Questions for the Counsel" where Kapil Longani answers questions about our work serving New Yorkers.

May Newsletter
May 10, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 8 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

April Newsletter
April 12, 2021
We hope you enjoy Issue 7 of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

The Legal Issues Around Fighting COVID-19
April 8, 2021
Kapil Longani spoke with the Editor-in-Chief of City & State New York, Ralph Ortega, about the City’s pandemic response, his background, and pandemic executive orders.

Kapil Longani: Shaping NYC's COVID-19 Response
April 1, 2021
Kapil spoke to Cornell University about the City's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The constitution doesn't die during a crisis."

Leading Through Crisis
April 7, 2021
Kapil Longani joined Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean Laura Rosenbury to talk about New York City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and leading through crisis.

Crisis Management in the Age of COVID
March 30, 2021
Kapil Longani and New York Law School Dean Anthony Crowell discussed their experiences on the front lines of public service lawyering in times of crisis.

Joint Statement from Legal Counsel of Major U.S. Cities
April 8, 2021
Kapil Longani, Counsel to the Mayor (NEW YORK, NY); Patrick Baker, City Attorney (CHARLOTTE, NC); Chris Caso, City Attorney (DALLAS, TX); Michelle Chen, Legal Counsel to the Mayor (SEATTLE, WA); Diana Cortes, City Solicitor (PHILADELPHIA, PA) make a statement denouncing the rise in hate crimes suffered by the Asian-American community.

Stop Asian Hate
March 31, 2021
Join City leaders as they discuss efforts to combat anti-Asian violence.

First Read Coronavirus Update: Safety
April 22, 2021
Join us for the final installment of our partnership with City & State as Kapil and Kate address New York City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in particular the future of safety and security including for our transportation system, in schools, for large gatherings and what kind of enforcement can we expect.

March Newsletter
March 17, 2021
We hope you enjoy the March 2021 issue of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

City & State 2021 Law Power 100
March 16, 2021
Kapil Longani (Counsel to the Mayor) is featured in City & State's Law Power 100 as one of New York State's most impactful lawyers.

First Read Coronavirus Update: Schools
March 23, 2021
Join us for the third installment of our partnership with City & State as Kapil and Alexis address New York City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on education. Get the latest updates on reopening plans, school safety, remote learning, and the path forward for the nation's largest school district!

Without Precedent: Finding Creative Solutions in an Unprecedented Time
February 25, 2021
In 2020 the role of our office changed immensely. And in 2021 we are building toward a Recovery for All of Us. "Without Precedent" is a retrospective journey, detailing intimate insights from our work confronting a once-in-a-lifetime crisis.

Public Interest Law
February 25, 2021
Kapil Longani will join a panel hosted by the South Asian Bar Association of New York to discuss his career in public service. Click the link above to register!

First Read Coronavirus Update: Effect on Industry
February 23, 2021
Join us for the second installment of a four-part webinar series presented by City & State. Bess Chiu, Kate Cocklin, Commissioner Jonnel Doris, and Carl Rodrigues a will speak about New York City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click the link above to register!

Utilizing Policymaking to Address the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 18, 2021
Kapil Longani, Alexis Blane, and colleagues from the Mayor's Office of International Affairs will discuss policymaking strategies to manage the pandemic while addressing unique disparities highlighted in the most impacted communities. Click the link above to register!

Amid Pandemic, New Yorkers Challenge Civil Summonses at 100,000 Remote Hearings
February 16, 2021
“Commissioner Kletter and her team have transformed OATH’s operations to best serve New Yorkers in a time of unprecedented change,” said counsel to the Mayor Kapil Longani, in a statement accompanying the announcement. “This milestone is a testament to the agency’s creativity, transparency, and commitment to upholding the values that drive this Administration — fairness and equity.”

First Read Coronavirus Update: Health: Infection Rates, Contract Tracing, Vaccine Distribution
January 21, 2021
City & State is proud to present "COVID in the City" a four-part webinar series in partnership with the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor. For the first installment, Dr. Jay Varma, Kapil Longani, and Bess Chiu will speak about New York City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Joint Statement from Legal Counsel of Major U.S. Cities
January 8, 2021
Kapil Longani, Counsel to the Mayor (NEW YORK, NY); Kristin M. Bronson, City Attorney (DENVER, CO); Michelle Chen, Legal Counsel to the Mayor (SEATTLE, WA); Diana Cortes, Acting City Solicitor (PHILADELPHIA, PA); Zach Klein, City Attorney (COLUMBUS, OH); Kristen E. Smith, Corporation Counsel (SYRACUSE, NY) make a statement on the recent events on Capitol Hill.

January Newsletter - Issue 5
January 8, 2021
We hope you enjoy the fifth issue of our monthly newsletter, which provides insights into our unique portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Your Business During COVID-19: What You Need to Know
January 5, 2021
Kapil Longani, Bess Chiu, Kate Cocklin and Commissioner Jonnel Doris, discussed the pivotal roles that the Office of the Counsel to the Mayor and the NYC Department of Small Business Services played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Executive Orders, Zoning Strategies, and Rejecting One-Size-Fits-All: How NYC Responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Brandon Vogel for NYSBA - December 2020
“There isn’t a sensitive legal issue that comes before the mayor’s desk that doesn’t stop at my desk first,” said Kapil Longani, counsel to the mayor of New York City or the “chief problem solver” as he’s known to some, on the recent CLE webinar.

NYC Office of Nightlife Town Call for Hospitality Workers
December 15, 2020
Associate Counsel Judith Le and Kevin Kelly participated in a Q&A to help NYC hospitality workers get the latest information about City resources.

How Big Data Turned Into Big Business for Cyber and Privacy Lawyers
December 9, 2020
Chief Privacy Officer Laura Negron was quoted by the WSJ: "Formed in 2018, Ms. Negrón's six-lawyer team evaluates data collection and usage by 175 agency-level privacy officers across city government, including for its Covid-19 contact-tracing program."

December Newsletter - Issue 4
December 1, 2020
Read our December Newsletter, which provides unique insight into our portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Law360: 15 Minutes with NYC Mayor De Blasio's Counsel
November 23, 2020
Kapil was recently profiled by Law360: "Any sensitive legal issue facing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, from pandemic-related closures to police reform and concerns surrounding the presidential election, crosses the desk of his counsel, Kapil Longani."

The COVID-19 Crisis and New York City's Response: Legal Issues
November 12th at 4pm
Learn what steps New York City government took during the COVID-19 outbreak and how the City is working to keep communities safe as we continue to battle this pandemic. Liz Benjamin will lead a conversation with Kapil Longani, Bess Chiu, and Kate Cocklin about the novel legal issues the Mayor and his lawyers had to confront and resolve during this unprecedented time.

Newsletter - Issue 3
November 2, 2020
Read our November Newsletter, which provides unique insight into our portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Early Voting Statement
October 23, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor Kapil Longani makes a statement regarding the start of early voting on October 24th.

Queens Public Library Panel Discussion
October 13th at 6pm via QPL Facebook Live
Find out what it takes for NYC government to keep our communities safe, healthy and strong amid the COVID-19 pandemic. QPL President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott will lead a conversation with Bess, Kapil, and Kate about the legal issues behind decisions that affect the daily lives of all New Yorkers at this unprecedented moment.

Temporary Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statement
October 4, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding the Mayor’s proposal to close non-essential businesses and schools in certain high COVID-19 infection rate zip codes.

Newsletter - Issue 2
October 1, 2020
Read our October Newsletter, which provides unique insight into our portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Statement Regarding Political Attack
September 21, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding an unconstitutional political attack by the Trump Administration.

Newsletter - Issue 1
September 1, 2020
Read the first issue of our brand new Newsletter, which provides unique insight into our portfolio of complex and fascinating work.

Mail-In Voting Statement
August 28, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding mail-in voting.

Census Week of Action Statement
July 30, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding the 2020 Census week of action.

Phase Four Statement
July 21, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding Phase Four reopening.

Phase Three Statement
July 6, 2020
Counsel to the Mayor, Kapil Longani, makes a statement regarding Phase Three reopening.