The Legal Aid Society of New York joins this City in mourning the unnecessary death of Deborah Danner in her home last night. Once again, this tragedy could have been avoided. We are outraged that the response to a cry for help from a 66 year old women with a known history of mental illness was responded to by NYPD and not medical professionals.
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New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, along with Council Members Vanessa Gibson, Corey Johnson, Mark Levine, Ritchie Torres, Karen Koslowitz, Daniel Garodnick, Barry Grodenchik, Rafael Salamanca, Donovan Richards, Stephen Levin and Jumaane Williams today announced the introduction of the Nuisance Abatement Fairness Act (NAFA), a package of legislation to reform New York City’s Nuisance Abatement Law (NAL). Created in 1977, the NAL established a legal framework which permits the City to expeditiously shut down residential and commercial establishments that are deemed to be “nuisances.”
Public Advocate Letitia James released her “Worst Landlords Watchlist."
At long last the Department of Correction has ended the harmful use of 23-hour isolated confinement on young prisoners, 21 years and younger. We hope that meaningful implementation of effective programs in the alternative units is the end to the overly punitive response to young adults in City custody.
The Village Voice carried a story today saying that 30,000 New York City children are in homeless shelters in a system that is devastating.
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