In a major front-page story based on a year of independent reporting, New York Times investigative reporter Andrea Elliott documents the failures of the City's policies for homeless New Yorkers and the growing income inequality in New York City. The multi-part story reports on the impact on an 11-year-old child and her family whom the City relegated to the Auburn shelter in Fort Greene.
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The New York Court of Appeals has affirmed appellate and trial court rulings barring the New York City Department of Homeless from implementing a controversial new policy that would have permitted the denial of shelter from the elements for homeless single women and men. The ruling came in litigation brought by the New York City Council as a related case to The Legal Aid Society's litigation on behalf of homeless women and homeless men.
Earlier this Fall, The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice office in the Bronx, the Bronx Neighborhood Office, hosted a reunion that was attended by current Bronx Civil Practice staff and scores of former staff members, including the Hon. Ruben Martino, the Hon. Paul Goetz, and the Hon. Douglas Hoffman. The event was organized by Lauren Donnelly, a Legal Aid Civil Practice Supervising Attorney.
In a series of articles, The New York Times reported on the Department of Correction's failure to produce individuals for court appearances. Steven Banks, The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief, told the Times that "[w]e are concerned that the Department of Correction has so little ability to maintain its own operations on Rikers Island to the detriment of all our clients who did not have their day in court this week.”
Legal Aid Society staff experts are participating in the Talking Transition process, including Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of Legal Aid's Civil Law Reform Unit, and Kimberly Forte, Supervising Attorney of Legal Aid's LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.
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