Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit, spoke at an Assembly press conference on rent laws. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Housing Committee Chair Keith L.T. Wright announced the passage of legislation that would provide stronger regulations for rent-regulated properties and protect the rights of tenants in New York.
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A number of new programs are opening to help working poor families get out of homeless shelters and into permanent housing. Programs without the safety net of rent subsidies aren’t likely to be successful in the long run for workers with tenuous jobs, Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Law Reform Unit, told the Wall Street Journal.
Seymour W. James, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, stated that sexual violence is at "record proportions" in New York jails and "rape and other sexual abuse of women are endemic at the Rose M. Singer Center."
The Legal Aid Society and the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP today filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of their clients, women who seek an injunction requiring the City of New York and the Department of Correction (DOC) to take all steps necessary to prevent women in its custody at Rose M. Singer Center (RMSC), the women’s jail at Rikers Island, from being raped and sexually abused by correction officers.
Monday morning, Council Member Brad Lander, Public Advocate Letitia James, families of seniors living at Prospect Park Residence, and members of the legal team including The Legal Aid Society and the law firm of Fitzpatrick Cella, Harper & Scinto gathered outside the Brooklyn Supreme Court to denounce the failure of the NYS Health Department and Governor Cuomo to protect the elderly residents remaining in the building. For the past year, NYS DOH has failed to protect residents – despite repeated court orders – from the owner Haysha Deitsch, who has consistently worsened building conditions (including downgrading security, firing all cleaning staff, and serving spoiled food) while attempting to force residents out, in order to sell the building for luxury housing.
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