Counsel of the Legislature

A Message From Counsel

The Office of Legislative Counsel provides advice and counsel to the County Legislature and its 18 members. The office assists legislators in drafting local laws and resolutions; advises the Presiding Officer and all legislators on procedural matters interprets legislative rules during general meetings and committee meeting; issues legal opinions at the request of legislators; and drafts all legislative contracts.


Suffolk County Legislature Counsel Sarah E. Simpson was admitted to practice law in the State of New York in 2009.  A graduate of Brandeis University and Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Ms. Simpson has extensive experience in the practice of municipal law obtained during her tenure as Assistant Counsel to this Legislature from 2008 through 2018.  During law school, she also served as a summer law clerk to the Hon. E. Thomas Boyle, United States Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of New York.  Ms. Simpson is an active member of the New York State Bar Association, serving on the Executive Committee for the Women in Law Section and the State and Local Government Law Section’s Legislation Committee.  She is also admitted to practice law in New Jersey.