Legal Research Links
Note: for non-legal information about NYC, visit our NY State & NY City Information page.
The homepage of New York City and its Mayor. A good starting point for links to city agencies as well.
Online version of the longstanding print directory of contact information for NY City government offices and officials.
The official paper of New York City government for publishing notices of public hearings & meetings, property disposition, procurement and more. There is a searchable online version as well. Provided by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) .
Borough Presidents' Offices
NYC Charter and Administrative Code
Online versions of the NYC Charter and Adminstrative Code can be found by going to the New York State Legislature page. Under "Search," select "Laws of New York," then go to the "Miscellaneous" category at the bottom of Laws of New York page for the links.
Provided through the NY City Council Web site. Local laws, introductions and resolutions can be searched by keyword on the first screen using boolean connectors (see help link). Use the "advanced search" link for more options, including searching by law number and sponsor. Date field shows year choices going back to 1998.
Although reports are not "laws," the reports inform the Council in determining whether new bills should be proposed or passed. The list here appears to be selective and not organized in any way that would aid someone doing legislative history on a particular local law. For legislative history, contact the Speaker's office and try to obtain the Council bill jacket. There may also be a mayoral bill jacket at the Office of City Legislative Affairs or the Municipal Archives.
The NYC Zoning Resolution can be accessed from this site, in addition to other information on zoning and city planning.
Search the full text of administrative decisions from selected NYC agencies for free. Provided by the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School.
Miscellaneous New York City Government Information
A useful collection of statistical sources provided by Columbia University. Not all of the sources are available on the Web, but many are linked.