Transportation Team Adds Former Counsel to the New York City Council’s Transportation Committee

NEW YORK--()--Windels Marx today announced today that Phillip “Phil” Hom has joined the firm as Special Counsel, resident in the New York office.

Mr. Hom has over sixteen years of experience working in different branches of government. Before joining Windels Marx, Mr. Hom was Deputy General Counsel at the New York City Comptroller’s Office where he provided legal advice to staff on matters ranging from copyright law, the Freedom of Information Law, tax law, to the interpretation of state and city statutes, and other areas of law. Mr. Hom also wrote the Comptroller’s orders/opinions on labor law prevailing wage cases, provided training to staff regarding compliance with the City’s ethics rules, tracked city and state legislation, drafted testimony on legislation and handled employment law matters.

Prior to the Comptroller’s office, Mr. Hom served as an assistant director of the New York City Council’s legislative division and as the Counsel to the City Council’s Transportation Committee. As Counsel to the Transportation Committee, Mr. Hom worked extensively on laws, initiatives and agency oversight matters governing the Department of Transportation (“DOT”), Taxi and Limousine Commission (“TLC”) and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”).

In a few short months the Transportation Team has bolstered their ranks with prominent members, including Mr. Hom and Jason R. Mischel (Counsel, New York), former Commissioner and General Counsel of the New York City Mayor's Office for People With Disabilities. They will both work closely with Pasqualino Russo (Special Counsel, New York), former TLC Chief Administrative Law Judge and a key member and manager of the Windels Marx Transportation Practice.

With an extensive career in New York City government, Phillip will now work closely with Matthew Daus (Partner, New York), who leads the firm’s Transportation Practice and is the former Commissioner and Chairman of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission ("TLC").

Matt said, “We are thrilled to have Phil join our team. He brings with him nearly two decades of solid legal, public policy and regulatory experience, and in-depth knowledge of the DOT, TLC, MTA and the Comptrollers office.”

Phillip added, “Windels Marx and the Transportation group provide an ideal platform from which I can transition my public work to private practice.”

Mr. Hom’s practice will focus on transportation law, counseling clients on a broad range of matters including:

  • regulatory compliance;
  • legislation;
  • government procurement;
  • litigation;
  • administrative law;
  • labor and employment law; and
  • public policy.

Accomplishments

Some of Mr. Hom’s accomplishments include the following laws or initiatives:

Department of Transportation

Pedestrian Safety

  • Requiring the study of pedestrian, bicyclist and automobile crash sites and the development of a plan to make the sites safer.
  • Regulating sidewalk ATMs.
  • Requiring the replacement of priority safety signs, such as stop signs, within four business days after they are reported missing or damaged.
  • Mandating that DOT develop guidelines regulating the installation of traffic calming devices, such as speed humps.

Encouraging Alternative Forms of Transportation/Bicycle Safety

  • Requiring the Department of Transportation to develop performance indicators for reducing congestion and encouraging the use of mass transit and bicycling.
  • To encourage commuting by bicycle, requiring buildings to provide bicycle access.
  • Requiring garages to provide bicycle parking.
  • To ensure pedestrian and bicycle rider safety, require businesses that use bicycle delivery people to provide helmets and information regarding bicycling rules.

Transparency

  • Requiring on-line access to all parking regulations searchable by block; such information is now used in many websites and parking apps to help motorists park legally in New York City.
  • Allowing parking at broken meters up to the maximum time allowed.
  • Suspending alternate side of the street parking during snow storms.

Taxi and Limousine Commission

Green and Accessible Taxis

  • First law requiring TLC to approve a hybrid electric vehicle for service, opening the way for environmentally friendly taxi cabs.
  • Laws creating incentives to purchase clean air taxis and accessible vehicles.

Passenger and Driver Rights

  • Law codifying the existence of the TLC’s Administrative Tribunal, governing its operation and providing for due process rights.
  • Requiring display of passengers’ bill of rights in taxis, for-hire vehicles and commuter vans.

Transparency

  • To address the epidemic of illegal commuter vans, a law requiring TLC to develop a unique, hard to reproduce decal to help the public identify TLC-licensed commuter vans.
  • Law requiring international wheelchair accessible symbol on taxis and for hire vehicles to allow them to be easily recognized.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Organized oversight hearings that put pressure on the MTA to use federal funds to harden the system from potential terrorist attacks.
  • Negotiated the transfer of two subway cars from the MTA to the Department of Education’s East New York High School of Transit Technology to replace outdated cars and to allow students to learn how to work on modern subway cars.
  • Organized oversight hearings on the high cost and service problems with the access-a-ride program.

Mr. Hom has also worked on the following laws and initiatives to improve the quality of life in New York City:

  • Working with the trade association representing senior centers to secure funding for and create an insurance bulk buying program to lower the rising costs of operating senior center vans.
  • To improve air quality around schools, a law limiting the time that vehicles could idle adjacent to schools to one minute.
  • Law to prevent price gouging at gas stations by allowing price increases only once a day, and requiring gas stations to keep detailed sales records.

Mr. Hom began his career in government prosecuting civil claims for reimbursement of Medicaid and public assistance in State court. Prior to working in government, Mr. Hom worked at a commercial litigation law firm in New York City.

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Contacts

Matter Communications
Melissa Latham, 978-518-4523
C: 978-853-4166
melissa@matternow.com
or
Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP
Lianne Cospito, 212-237-1064
Director of Marketing
lcospito@windelsmarx.com