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Susan Rogerson-Pondish

NYC Department of Transportation
Deputy General Counsel
New York, NY, USA


Susan Rogerson Pondish has been the Deputy General Counsel at the New York City Department of Transportation ("NYCDOT") since May, 2005.  In this position Susan assists in the management of the five offices which report to the Division of Legal Affairs: the Office of the General Counsel, providing the in-house legal work for the Department; the Office of Litigation Support and Records Management which assists the NYC Corporation Counsel's litigating divisions in DOT related lawsuits and processes FOIL requests; the Office of Environmental Compliance Assessment which reviews and provides advice regarding the Agency's environmental responsibilities; the Office of Coordinated Street Furniture Franchise/Bikes and Buildings which oversees a $2billion contract for installation and maintenance of bus shelters, newsstands and automatic public toilets and the Agency's bikes in buildings program; and the Office of Franchises, Concessions & Consents which grants permission to entities and individuals to occupy and use the streets, sidewalks and ferry terminals under DOT's jurisdiction.  Susan provides guidance and legal support to senior staff and Agency Divisions including Traffic and Planning, Bridges, Roadway Repair and Maintenance, Ferries, and Sidewalks and Inspection Management on matters relating to contracts, Agency rules and regulations, labor and employment, ethics, security, risk management, intellectual property, land use, and environmental issues, and provides assistance and  counsel on behalf of NYCDOT to the NYC Corporation Counsel's Office regarding a varied litigation portfolio.

Prior to working for NYCDOT, Ms. Rogerson Pondish was an attorney for nine years for the NYC Corporation Counsel, where she served as a Senior Counsel for most of her tenure and where she litigated, tried and settled numerous high profile civil cases including, inter alia, the 2003 Staten Island Ferry accident and World Trade Center related litigation. Susan holds a law degree from Fordham University School of Law, an M.P.A. from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service, and a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Albany.

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