Testimony

October 26, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Re-entry Planning for Youth in Detention and Placement. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Christine Bella of the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice.

October 16, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Criminal Records and Outstanding Criminal Warrants. Presented to The New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Marlen Bodden and Christine Bella of The Legal Aid Society.

September 28, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on services for runaway and homeless youth (RHY). Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Youth Services Committee on General Welfare by Kate de Zengotita and Theresa Moser, Staff Attornies at The Legal Aid Society.

September 20, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Violence in New York City Secure Detention Facilities . Presented before The Council of the City of New York Committee on Juvenile Justice by Christine Bella of The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice.

June 27, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the urgent need to improve shelter processes and conditions in order to reduce the trauma of homelessness for children and families. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Kathryn Kliff, a Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society and Giselle Routhier, the Policy Director of the Coalition for the Homeless.

June 14, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on a local law to amend the administrative code of the City, in relation to creating comprehensive reporting and oversight of NYPD surveillance technologies. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Jerome Greco, a staff attorney in the Society’s Digital Forensics Unit in the Criminal Practice.

June 13, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Asthma-Free Housing Bill (Introduction 385-B), which would hold landlords accountable for failing to provide tenants with the basic human right to live in a safe and habitable apartment. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings by Jason Wu, a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid’s Housing Unit.

May 2, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on a citywide initiative to combat mental health issues and substance abuse. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services, by Giselle Routhier, the Policy Director of the Coalition for the Homeless, and Beth Hofmeister, a Staff Attorney for The Legal Aid Society.

April 27, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on ways to reform New York City’s current bail payment system. Presented before The New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by Elizabeth Bender, a Staff Attorney of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

April 26, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on recently introduced legislation to protect immigrant New Yorkers. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration by Hasan Shafiqullah, the Deputy Attorney-in-Charge Immigration Law Unit.

April 24, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on why the city should reject to its entirety the findings of a Department of Investigation’s report on NYCHA and instead support NYCHA’s efforts to address safety while supporting families and healthy communities. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations by The Legal Aid Society and the Committee on Public Housing.

April 20, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the city’s efforts combating widespread homelessness. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Josh Goldfein, Staff Attorney from Legal Aid's Homeless Rights Project, and Giselle Routhier from Coalition for the Homeless.

April 6, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society in support of legislation that would require city agencies to track and share information about police misconduct. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Julie Ciccolini and Cynthia Conti-Cook of The Legal Aid Society’s Special Litigation Unit.

March 30, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the need for strong city investments in the FY18 budget for local legal service organizations. Presented before The New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Tina Luongo, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

February 13, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed legislation that would expand family and community engagement with youth in the juvenile justice system, promote greater access to treatment and improve the quality of care. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

February 6, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the age of criminal responsibility and its impact in New York State. Presented before the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Children & Families and the Senate Committee on Crime Victims, Crime & Correction by Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice and Justine Luongo, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice.

January 19, 2017

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the need to raise the age of criminal responsibility. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice and Committee on Courts and Legal Services by Lisa Freeman, Director of Juvenile Rights Practice Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit, Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Practice and Sandeep Kandhari, a Staff Attorney in JRP's Community Justice Unit.

December 14, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the use of preventive services at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP), Lisa Freeman, Director of JRP’s Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit, and Theresa Moser and Kate Wood, JRP Staff Attorneys.

November 30, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on education services for New York City’s detained, placed and incarcerated youth. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice, Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Committee on Education. Submitted by Lisa Freeman, Director of the Juvenile Rights Practice’s Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

November 7, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on a series of proposed bills to reform New York City’s Nuisance Abatement Law and its enforcement by the New York City Police Department. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Lucy Newman, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice’s Law Reform Unit.

September 23, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed legislation mandating the New York City Police Department’s yearly reporting on amounts of property seized from arrested individuals and outcomes in property seizures. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Thomas O'Brien, Staff Attorney in Legal Aid’s Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

September 21, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on family engagement services and programming for youth in DYFJ detention. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Christine Bella, a Staff Attorney in JRP’s Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

June 28, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on proposed legislation regarding the collection and analysis of civil actions and other police misconduct complaints in order to improve police discipline, training and monitoring. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations by Cynthia Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney in Legal Aid’s Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit, and Natasha Merle, Fried Frank Fellow from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

June 16, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the proposed package of nine bills related to youth in foster care. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, Lisa Freeman, Director of JRP’s Special Litigation and Law Reform, Lena McMahon, a Staff Attorney and Courtney Camp, a Staff Attorney.

May 26, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on court record accuracy. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services by William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit, and Melissa Ader, an Equal Justice Works Fellow and Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice Employment Unit.

May 3, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed legislation for the collection and reporting of information related to lawsuits against corrections officers, as well as the creation of a crime victim services office. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Oversight and Investigations and the Committee on Public Safety by Sandeep Kandhari, Director of the Community Justice Unit in the Criminal Practice.

February 22, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed legislation regarding tenants’ legal capabilities and access to information, as well as requirements for landlords. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings by Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit.

January 25, 2016

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed legislation regarding policing and enforcement of low-level offenses. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Courts and Legal Services by Justine Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

December 4, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the need for creating client feedback methods for people involved in the civil and criminal court systems. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Courts and Legal Services by Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, and Justine Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

December 2, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on independent investigation options to ensure safety of prison staff and inmates, and guarantee integrity of operations for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision. Presented before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Correction Oversight and Investigations of the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision by the Civil Practice Prisoners’ Rights Project.

November 30, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the proposed biannual training for certain New York City employees on runaway and homeless youth and sexually exploited children. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Youth Services by Courtney Camp, a Staff Attorney.

October 16, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Rule to Amend the Minimum Standards Limiting Visitation and Packages, Amending Due Process for Enhanced Supervision Housing, and Creating Exceptions to the Limitations on the Use of Punitive Segregation.   Presented before the New York City Board of Correction by John Boston, Project Director, the Prisoners’ Rights Project, and Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners’ Rights Project.

October 1, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Legislation on Voter Registration & Absentee Voting from Our City Jails. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Governmental Operations by Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners’ Rights Project.

September 24, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the existing gaps in the delivery of social services throughout New York State, particularly, but not exclusively, on children. Presented before the Assembly Standing Committees by The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice.

June 18, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Crossover Project, a protocol and process that seeks to improve outcomes for children who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Tamara Steckler, the Attorney-In-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice and Meridith Sopher, JRP’s the Director of Training.

May 6, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight – Examining Violence in New York City’s Jails and the City’s Response.  Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners’ Rights Project and Cynthia Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney in the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit. 

March 11, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Criminal Justice Reform. Presented before the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus and the Assembly Standing Committees on Codes and the Judiciary by William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

March 3, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Support of Community Policing. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Cynthia H. Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney in the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

March 3, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on RE: Int. No. 440 - In relation to health services in city correctional facilities and Oversight: Health Care Delivery in New York City Jails: Examining Quality of Care and Access to Care. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Health and Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by John Boston, Project Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project.

February 23, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Examining New York City’s Alternative to Detention Services. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice by Lisa Freeman, Director of the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice. 

February 4, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2015-2016 Executive Budget Proposal: Human Services. Presented before the Joint Legislative Public Hearing of the State Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge, Civil Practice-Law Reform Unit;  Ken Stephens, Supervising Attorney,  Civil Practice - Law Reform Unit;  Rebecca Novick, Supervising Attorney, Health Law; and Beth Hofmeister, Staff Attorney, Homeless Rights.

January, 30, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Division of Youth and Family Justice’s Services and Programs for Remanded Youth. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Lisa Freeman, Director of the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit in the Juvenile Rights Practice and Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project in the Criminal Practice.

January 26, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Examining How the City Evaluates the Effectiveness of the Provision of Indigent Defense. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and Committee on Courts and Legal Services by Justine Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

January 21, 2015

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Homelessness and the Implementation of the Living in Communities (LINC) Rental Assistance Programs. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Mary Brosnahan, President & CEO; Gabriela Sandoval Requena, Policy Analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless and Joshua Goldfein, Staff Attorney of the Homeless Rights Project.

December 19, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Rule to Amend the Minimum Standards Creating Enhanced Supervision Housing and Limiting the Use of Punitive Segregation. Presented before the New York City Board of Correction by John Boston, Project Director of the Prisoners’ Rights Project and Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney of the Prisoners’ Rights Project.

December 16, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Public Housing Oversight Hearing:  Policing Broken Lights: The Relationship between Physical Conditions and Public Safety at NYCHA in the Wake of Akai Gurley. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Seymour W. James, Jr., Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; Justine Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice; Lucy Newman, Of counsel and Heidi Cain, Of Counsel. 

December 15, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Examining the Operations of New York City’s Summons Courts. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Courts and Legal Services and Committee on Public Safety by Justine M. Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice and William Gibney, the Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

December 9, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society to Examine the Current Methods of Civil Forfeiture and the Use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in New York City. Presented before the New York State Assembly Committee on Codes and Committee on the Judiciary by Thomas O’Brien, Staff Attorney in the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice.

December 3, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society Regarding: Status of Youth Services. Presented before the New York City Interagency Coordinating Council on Youth by Courtney Camp, Staff Attorney in the Juvenile Rights Practice; Beth Hofmeister, Staff Attorney in the Homeless Rights Project and Kimberly Forte, Supervising Attorney of the LGBT Law and Policy Initiative.

December 2, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Examining DYFJ’s Juvenile Justice Oversight Board. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

October 20, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Coordination of Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Int. 0361- 2014. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Joshua Goldfein, Senior Staff Attorney in the Homeless Rights Project and Patrick Markee, Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless.

October 8, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Examining the Treatment of Adolescents in New York City Jails and Reviewing the United States Department of Justice's Report on Violence at Rikers Island. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and the Committee on Juvenile Justice by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project in the Criminal Practice and William Gibney, the Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit.

October 1, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Review of the Proposed Changes to New York City Human Resource Administration's Employment Programs. Presented before the New York City Council Committees on General Welfare and Civil Service and Labor by Kathleen M. Kelleher, Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

September 30, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Medicaid Redesign. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services by Rebecca Novick, Supervising Attorney of the Health Law Unit.

September 29, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the “Crisis of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children; What is New York City Doing?” Presented before the New York City Council Committees on Immigration and Courts and Legal Services by Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit.

September 16, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Recent Influx of Unaccompanied Minor Children Seeking Refuge in the United States. Presented before the New York State Assembly Task Force on New Americans by Jojo Annobil, Attorney-in-Charge of the Immigration Law Unit.

September 8, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: The Police Department's Plan to Enhance Officer Trainings. Presented before The Council of the City of New York Committee on Public Safety by William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice's Special Litigation Unit, and Christine Bella, a Staff Attorney in the Juvenile Rights Practice's Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

August 20, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Int 0292-A -2014 - A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring the Commissioner of Correction, in coordination with the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene, to post a quarterly report on its website regarding punitive segregation, restricted housing and clinical alternative to punitive segregation housing statistics for city jails and T2014-1633 Resolution calling on the New York City Department of Correction to end the practice of placing individuals returning to City jails into punitive segregation, also known as solitary confinement, to complete time owed. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners’ Rights Project and Barbara Hamilton, Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice.

August 11, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding Solitary Confinement of Juveniles. Presented to the New York Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission by Lisa Freeman, Director of the Juvenile Rights Practice's Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

July 24, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on NYCHA's Proposed Amendment to the FY 2014 Annual Plan and the Draft Annual Plan for FY 2015. Presented at a public hearing by Lucy Newman, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit.

July 22, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on expansion of the disability rent increase exemption program. Presented before the Council of the City of New York Mental Health, Development Disability, Substance Abuse and Disability Services Committee by Robert Desir, Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

June 17, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the complex problems faced by teenage girls who become involved in the juvenile justice system in New York City. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice and Committee on Women’s Issues by The Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice.

June 16, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on rents for rent stablized apartments. Presented before the New York City Rent Guidelines Board by Ellen Davidson, a Staff Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

June 12, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Examination of Violence and the Provision of Mental Health and Medical Services in New York City Jails and Int 0292-2014- A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Correction to post a monthly report on its website regarding punitive segregation statistics for city jails, including the use of solitary confinement. Presented to The Council of the City of New York Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Service; the Committee on Health; and the Committee on Mental Health, Developmental Disability, Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Disability Services by Sarah Ker, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project.

June 9, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Res. 264-2014 on statewide legislation that would prohibit the fact of possession of a condom from being used in prostitution and prostitution related trials. Presented before The Council of the City of New York Committee on Public Safety by Abigail Swenstein,Staff Attorney in the Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project.

May 5, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Proposed Int. No. 119-A - In relation to requiring the inspector general of the New York city police department to submit quarterly reports to the city council, comptroller and civilian complaint review board detailing the number and disposition of civil actions filed against the New York city police department. Presented before the Council of the City of New York Committee on Health and the Committee on Oversight and Investigations by William Gibney, Director of the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice.

April 9, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding the oversight and effectiveness and impact of HPD and NYCHA's downsizing policies and practices. Presented before the Council of the City of New York Committee on Housing and Buildings and the Committee on Public Housing By Lucy Newman and Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorneys in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

February 28, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on pre- and post-release mental health services for detained and placed youth. Presented before The Council of the City of New York Committee on General Welfare, by Lisa Freeman, Director of the Special Litigation & Law Reform Unit in the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice and Nancy Ginsburg, the Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Practice of the Criminal Practice.

February 25, 2014

Testimony by The Legal Aid Society on the provision of legal assistance to immigrants. Presented before the New York City Council.

February 25, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning constitutional and humane conditions of confinement for individuals incarcerated in the New York City and New York State correctional systems. Presented before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights and The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences, by Sarah Kerr, staff attorney at the Prisoners’ Rights Project (“PRP”) of the Legal Aid Society.

February 5, 2014

Testimony of The Legal Aid on The 2014-2015 Executive Budget Topic of Public Protection. Presented before The Senate Finance Committee And The Assembly Committee on Ways and Means, by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

December 6, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning prosecuting 16 and 17 year olds in the adult courts. Presented before the The New York State Assembly Committee on Codes, Committee on the Judiciary, and Committee on Children and Families, and the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian Legislative Caucus, by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

November 20, 2013

Testimony by The Legal Aid Society on New York City Housing Authority’s efforts to repair, rebuild and recover after Sandy and other disasters. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing.

November 15, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Finance regarding the creation of a database to track the expenditures of funds in connection with recover efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy (Int. No. 1040-A). Presented before the New York City Council Committee.

November 6, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding proposed regulations on succession right, veterans’ preferences, and notice requirements in Mitchell-Lama housing. Presented before the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, by Edward Josephson of Legal Services for New York City and Ellen Davidson of The Legal Aid Society.

October 25, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid on examining DOE’s special education reform. Presented before the New The Council of the City of New York Committee on Education by Cara Chambers, Director of The Legal Aid Society’s Kathryn A. McDonald Education Advocacy Project.

October 23, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on juvenile justice reform. Presented before The New York City Council Committees on Juvenile Justice and General Welfare by Jackie Deane, Director of Juvenile Justice Training at the Juvenile Rights Practice of the Legal Aid Society.

October 21, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society’s Brooklyn Office for the Aging in response to NYC-DFTA’a annual plan for 2014-2015. Presented before the NYC Department for the Aging by Susan Edelstein, Staff Attorney at The Legal Aid Society's Brooklyn Office for the Aging.

September 19, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) plan to redesign state-operated services throughout the State. Presented before the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; and The Senate Standing Committee on Health Concerning Regional Centers of Excellence.

September 16, 2013

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society regarding the City of New York’s evaluation study of the homeless program. Presented before The New York Council Committee on General Welfare, by Patrick Markee, Senior Policy Analyst of Coalition for the Homeless, and Judith Goldiner, Attorney in Charge, Civil Law Reform of The Legal Aid Society.

June 20, 2013

Testimony of Coalition for the Homeless and The Legal Aid Society on The City of New York’s Plan for the Provision of Shelter and Other Vital Services During Emergency Conditions. Presented before The New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Giselle Routhier, Policy Analyst at Coalition for the Homeless and Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

April 4, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Examining Violence in New York City Jails. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by Mary Lynne Werlwas, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project and Jonathan Chasan, Supervising Attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project.

March 19, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society in Support of the New York City Council Resolution on the Proposed New York State Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act of 2013. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Immigration by Jojo Annobil, Civil Practice, Immigration Law Unit.

February 25, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society Regarding Int. No. 866-a, a Local Law to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York, in Relation to Reporting Data Related to Sexually Exploited Children. Presented before the New York City Council Committees on Youth Services and General Welfare by Katherine Mullen, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Rights Practice and Beth Hofmeister, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Rights Practice.

February 12, 2013

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Res. No. 81-A Resolution calling on the City of New York to acknowledge the years of suffering of all those involved in the Central Park Jogger case. Presented before the Council of the City of New York by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of the Legal Aid Society.

October 26,2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on New York City’s Compliance with the Brad H. Settlement and Administration of Discharge Planning for People with Mental Illness in City Jails. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, and Disability Services and the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney in the Prisoners’ Rights Project. 

October 16, 2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Adequacy of Outreach and Social Services for Human Trafficking Victims. Presented to the Assembly Standing Committee on Codes, the Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services, and the Assembly Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation. Presented by Kate Mogulescu, Trafficking Victims Legal Defense & Advocacy Project, Criminal Defense Practice.

October 10, 2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society Regarding the "Stop and Frisk Practice". Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice Special Litigation Unit of the Legal Aid Society.

March 8, 2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society in Response to the Agency Report of the New York City Department of Correction in the New York City Council Fiscal Year 2013 Preliminary Budget, the Mayor's FY12 Preliminary Management Report and the Agency Oversight Hearings. Presented to the New York City Council by Sarah Kerr, staff attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project.

March 8, 2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2013 Preliminary Budget. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; and Seymour James, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

January 30, 2012

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2012-2013 Executive Budget: Public Protection. Presented before the New York State Senate Finance Committee and the New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

December 19, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Public Hearings on the Medicaid Managed Care Prescription Drug Carve-In Implementation. Presented to the New York State Assembly Committee on Health by Lorraine Sepulveda with Belkys Garcia, Attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit; and Liliana Vaamonde, Acting Supervising Attorney for The Legal Aid Society’s Health Law Unit.

November 30, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Department of Education’s School Suspension Data. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Education by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Team of The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Practice.

November 22, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) Program. Presented to the New York State Assembly Committees on Housing and Aging by Diane Lutwak, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice's Brooklyn Office for the Aging.

November 1, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Res. No. 1067 - Resolution Supporting New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman's Call on the New York State Legislature to Pass and the Governor to Sign Legislation Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility for Nonviolent Offenses to 18 and Permit the Cases of 16 and 17 year-olds Charged with such Offenses to be Adjudicated in the Family Court Rather than the Adult Criminal Justice System. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

October 28, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight Hearings: Improvements and Remaining Challenges to the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Section 3 Resident Employment Program. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice’s Law Reform Unit; and Lucy Newman, Staff Attorney.

October 19, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Combating Sex Trafficking in NYC: Examining Law Enforcement Efforts—Prevention and Prosecution. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Women’s Issues and the Committee on Public Safety by Kate Mogulescu, Criminal Defense Practice; and Katherine Mullen, Juvenile Rights Practice.

September 27, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the New York City Housing Authority's Section 8 Recertification Procedures. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Judith Goldiner, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit.

September 26, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Impact of the Unmet Civil Legal Services Needs Throughout the State. Presented to Hon. Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York; Hon. Luis A. Gonzalez, Presiding Justice of the First Department; Hon. Ann Pfau, Chief Administrative Judge; and Vincent E. Doyle, III, President of the State Bar Association at the First Department Hearing by Julia McNally, Staff Attorney in the Bronx Neighborhood Office Housing Unit.

September 22, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Int. No.'s 648, 649 and 657 Relating to the New York City Human Resources Administration and Youth and Young Adult Applicants and Recipients of Public Assistance. Presented to the New York City Council's General Welfare Committee by Kimberly Forte, Supervising Attorney of the LGBT Law and Policy Unit; Kathleen Kelleher, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit; and Susan Welber, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice Law Reform Unit.

July 27, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and Coalition for the Homeless on the City of New York's Plans to Create Shelters for Homeless Adults with More than 200 Beds in Violation of Local Law. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Joshua Goldfein, Senior Staff Attorney in the Homeless Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society, and Patrick Markee, Senior Policy Analyst of Coalition for the Homeless.

June 30, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Proposal to Remove the Four-Employee Requirement from the New York City Human Rights Law. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Civil Rights by Karen Cacace Pfitsch, Supervising Attorney for the Employment Law Unit, and Hollis Pfitsch, Staff Attorney in the Employment Law Unit.

June 16, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Examining the Links Between Runaway and Homeless Youth and the Juvenile Justice System. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Committee on Youth Services by Tamara Steckler, Attorney in Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Kimberly Forte, Juvenile Rights Practice, Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

June 13, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and the UAW Local 2325, Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, on Resolution 0817-2011: Extending Shelter for Domestic Violence Survivors, and Resolution T2011-3145: Interpreting Essential Terms of Orders of Protection. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Women's Issues and Public Safety by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, and Debora Wright, President of Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.

June 6, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2012 Executive Budget. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; and Seymour James, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

May 20, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and Community Service Society on the Appointment of a Tenant Representative to the NYCHA Board. Presented at Oversight Hearings of the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney at The Legal Aid Society, and Victor Bach, Senior Housing Policy Analyst at the Community Service Society.

May 16, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2012 Executive Budget. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, and Seymour James, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

May 6, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Barriers that Youth and Young Adults Face in Accessing Public Assistance. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Kimberly Forte, Staff Attorney in the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Susan Welber, Staff Attorney in the Civil Practice.

March 11, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2012 Preliminary Budget. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; and Seymour James, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Practice.

March 3, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget Topic: Health/Medicaid. Presented to the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Lisa Sbrana, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Practice's Health Law Unit, and Tamara A. Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

February 16, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2011-2012 Executive Budget, topic: Human Services. Presented to the State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice.

February 10, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2011-2012 State budget: Public Protection. Presented to the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

February 4, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on establishing a Health Insurance Exchange with Medicaid as the foundation and reducing costs while improving access and quality of managed care under the mandates of the Medicaid Redesign Team. Presented to the Medicaid Redesign Team by Lisa Sbrana, Supervising Attorney of the Health Law Unit of the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society.

January 26, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the "Oversight: The Mayor's Proposal to Overhaul the New York State Juvenile Justice System." Presented to the New York City Council Commitetees on Juvenile Justice and General Welfare by Tamara A. Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

January 25, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Oversight: "The Department of Education's Monitoring of Students at Closing Schools" and Consideration of Int. 354 and Int. 364. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Education by Cara Chambers, Supervising Attorney of the Education Advocacy Project in the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project of the Criminal Practice.

January 20, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Monitoring The Implementation of the City's Language Access Policies". Presented at the joint oversight hearing of the New York City Council's Committee on Immigration and Committee on Governmental Operations by Susan Sternberg, a staff attorney in The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice, and Shira Wisotsky, a paralegal in the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit.

January 20, 2011

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning Preservating Rent Regulated Housing. Presented to the New York State Assembly's Standing Committee on Housing by Steven Banks, Adriene Holder, Scott Rosenberg, Judith Goldiner, Ellen Davidson and Robert Desir.

December 20, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Implementation and Funding of the Rockefeller Drug Law Reform Legislation. Presented to the State Assembly Standings Committees on Codes, Correction and Alcoholism and Drug Abuse by William D. Gibney, Director of the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice.

December 16, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on a local law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to reports on school discipline and police department activity relating to schools. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Education, Public Safety and Juvenile Justice by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project.

December 15, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on a local law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York in relation to the Alternative Enforcement Program. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings by Judith Goildiner, Supervising Attorney of Civil Law Reform, and Sebastian Riccardi, Staff Attorney in the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.

December 9, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and the Coalition for the Homeless on How the City of New York Reports Data About Homelessness and Rental assistance Programs, and the City's Evaluation Study of the Homebase Program. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Jane Sujen Block and Joshua Goldfein, Senior Staff Attorneys in the Homeless Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society, and Patrick Markee, Senior Policy Analyst of the Coalition for the Homeless.

December 6, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2011 budget modification. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Finance, Aging, General Welfare and Youth Services by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

December 6, 2010

Testimony of the UAW Local 2325, The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2011 budget modification. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Finance, Aging, General Welfare and Youth Services by Ellen Davidson, Staff Attorney in Civil Reform.

November 29, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding the City's efforts to combat identity theft. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety by Tashi T. Lhewa, Staff Attorney in the Queens Neighborhood Office.

September 28, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund on Policing in NYCHA: Examining Policies and Procedures. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Civil Rights, Public Safety and Public Housing by William Gibney, Director of the Criminal Practice's Special Litigation Unit.

September 28, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on The Effect of Water and Sewer Lien Sales on Low Income Residents. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Finance and Community Development by Oda Friedheim, staff attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society.

June 28, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society, Legal Services NYC, and the Community Service Society on the Addition of Family Members in a New York City Housing Development. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Afua Atta-Mensah, staff attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society; Victor Bach of the Community Services Society; and David Robinson of Legal Services NYC.

June 24, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Oversight: Should Bridges Juvenile Center Be Closed?". Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Right Practice of The Legal Aid Society.

June 23, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Local Law 10 Concerning Source of Income Discrimination. Presented to the New York City Council Joint Hearing of the Civil Rights, General Welfare and Oversight and Investigations Committees by Robert R. Desir, staff attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit of The Legal Aid Society.

June 1, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Changes to Title 31 of the Rules of the City of New York Regarding Illegal Board Houses. Presented before the New York City Department of Homeless Services by Joshua Goldfein, staff attorney in the Homeless Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society.

June 1, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2011 Executive Budget. Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

May 21, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society "Concerning Preserving Mitchell Lama Housing and Protected Tenants Living in Current and Former Mitchell Lama Buildings." Presented before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Housing and its Subcommittee on Mitchell Lama by Ellen Davidson, staff attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

May 21, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the New York City Housing Authority's Budget. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Housing by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney, and Ellen Davidson, staff attorney, in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

May 6, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Issue of Matriomonial Law Reform and Post-Marital Income Guidelines (PMI). Presented to the New York State Senate Judiciary Committee by Emily Ruben, Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office.

May 6, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Int. No. 26 to Amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York in Relation to the Sale of Water Liens. Presented to the New York City Council's Committee on Finance and Community Development by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit.

April 22, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society at a public hearing on Examing the Veterans Treatment Court Model. Presented to the New York City Council's Committee on Veterans and Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by John Volpe, LCSW, Director of the Enhanced Defense-MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemically Addicted) Project, and Amanda Moretti, staff attorney in the Criminal Practice's Special Litigation Unit.

April 15, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the City's Advantage NY, Home Base, and Shelter Rent Programs. Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

April 15, 2010

Testimony of a client of The Legal Aid Society on the City's Advantage NY, Home Base, and Shelter Rent Programs. Presented to the New York City Council by K.N., a client of The Legal Aid Society.

April 15, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the New York City Housing Authority's Section 8 Voucher Withdrawals. Presented to the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Social Services and the Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development.

March 10, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2011 Preliminary Budget. Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

March 3, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Local Law Requiring the NYC Administration for Children's Services to Review Strategies and Create a Plan of Action to Protect Immigrant Youth. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Immigration by Katherine A. Fleet, an attorney in the Civil Practice's Immigration Law Unit, and Theresa B. Moser, an attorney in the Juvenile Rights Practice's Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit.

February 10, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Governor's 2010-2011 Executive Budget: Topic: Human Services. Submitted to the State Finance Committee and Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, submitted testimony on Human Services.

February 9, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the New York City Housing Authority's Section 8 Voucher Withdrawals. Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

February 9, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Governor's 2010-2011 Executive Budget, Topic: Health/Medicaid. Presented to the State Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Lisa Sbrana, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Practice's Health Law Unit.

February 8, 2010

Testimony of UAW Local 2325 The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys on the Governor's 2010-2011 Executive Budget, Topic: Public Protection. Presented to the State Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Deborah Wright, President of The Association of Legal Aid Attorneys.

February 8, 2010

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the 2010-2011 Executive Budget, Topic: Public Protection. Presented to the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

December 10, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society before the New York State Senate Regarding IOLA and Civil Legal Services in New York State. Presented to the NYS Senate by The Legal Aid Society.

November 10, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Proposed In. No. 816-A: A Local Law to amend the New York City Charter and the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring the Department of Education and the Police Department to provide information regarding school discipline and school safety agents to the the City Council. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Education, Public Safety and Juvenile Justice by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of The Legal Aid Society's Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project of the Criminal Practice on behalf of both the Criminal and Juvenile Rights Practices.

October 26, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding Local Law Creating a Temporary Task Force on Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Immigration by Katherine A. Fleet, a staff attorney in the Civil Practice's Immigration Unit, and Theresa Moser, a staff attorney in the Juvenile Rights Practice's Special Litigation Unit.

October 26, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Governor's Proposed Deficit Reduction Plan regarding State civil legal services cuts and the looming IOLA crisis. Presented to the New York State Senate by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

October 21, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding the Governor's proposed deficit reduction plan. Presented to the New York State Assembly by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

July 7, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Report and Standards.. Presented to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security by Lisa Freeman and Dori Lewis, attorneys in the Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society.

June 26, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society before a hearing on the Proposed Rule Regarding Debt Collectors. Presented to the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs by April A. Newbauer, Attorney-in-Charge of the Queens Neighborhood Office of the Civil Practice.

June 24, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning the New York City Department of Homeless Services policies regarding income contribution and potential sanctions for families with children. Presented to the New York City Council on General Welfare by the Civil Practice's Homeless Rights Project.

June 23, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the New York City Housing Authority's Annual and Five Year Plan. Presented by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney of the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit

June 22, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on How New York City Can Better Address Immigrant Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Violence. Presented to the New York City Council's Subcommittees on Immigration, Public Health, Safety and Women's Issues by the Civil Practice of The Legal Aid Society.

June 11, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society regarding the Access to Public Housing for Victims of Domestic Violence. Presented to the New York City Council Subcommittee on Public Housing and Committee on Women's Issues by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief; Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice; and Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney of the Law Reform Unit of the Civil Practice.

June 8, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Oversight: Training for Correction Officers Working in the Adolescent Unit at Rikers Island. Presented to the New York City Council on Juvenile Justice by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Team in the Criminal Practice.

May 26, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Executive Budget Allocation for the Administration for Children’s Services. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Finance, General Welfare and Women's Issues by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society.

May 14, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Consumer Protection in the Debt Collection and Debt Management Industries. Presented befor ethe New York State Assembly's Committees on Consumer Affairs and Protection, Judiciary and Banks by April A. Newbauer, Attorney-in-Charge of the Queens Neighborhood Office of the Civil Practice.

May 12, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on proposed cuts for the criminal defense and civil legal services in the Fiscal Year 2010 Executive Budget . Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

May 7, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the implementation of Mayoral Executive Order No. 120 of 2008 which requires all City agencies which provide direct public services to establish a Language Access Implementation Plan. Presented to the New York City Council Immigration Committee by Teresa Engst, a paralegal in the Civil Practice's Health Law Unit.

April 30, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Oversight: Analysis of New York Police Department's Stop-And-Frisk Encounters. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and Civil Rights by Steven Wasserman and Thomas O'Brien, staff attorneys in the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Defense Practice.

April 29, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society and the Community Service Society on the Status of the New York City Housing Authority's Tenant Participation Fund. Presented to the New YorkCity Council Subcommittee on Public Housing by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney of The Legal Aid Society's Law Reform Unit in the Civil Practice, and Victor Bach, Senior Housing Policy Analyst for the Community Service Society.

April 24, 2009

Cestimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Implementation and Impact of Revised Board of Correction Minimum Standards. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services by John Boston, Director of the Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society.

April 21, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Safety and Security Protocols of the Department of Justice Facilities. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Christine Bella, staff attorney in the Special Litigation & Law Reform Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

March 20, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2010 Preliminary Budget . Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

March 17, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Budget Amendments that would Delay Full Implementation of the Special Housing Unit (SHU) Exclusion Law until July 1, 2014. Presented to New York State Senate Committees on Crime Victims, Crime and Correction, Health, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Children and Families, Judiciary and Codes by Sarah Kerr, Staff Attorney, Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society.

March 13, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Proposed Legislation to License Debt Buyers. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Consumer Affairs by Oda Friedheim, Staff Attorney in the in the Civil Practice's Law Reform Unit.

February 24, 2009

Testimony on the affects of proposed NY State budget cuts on low income individuals and families. Presented to the State Assembly Committees on Codes, Judiciary, Governmental Operations and Corrections in Albany by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice.

February 13, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on on "Wrongful Convictions". Presented to the New York State Bar Association's Task Force on Wrongful Convictions by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

February 2, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on Health/Medicaid. Presented before the Senate Finance Committee and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Lisa Sbrana, Supervising Attorney of the Health Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society's Civil Practice.

January 29, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the "Overview of the Department of Juvenile Justice: Core Services for Remanded Youth." Presented to the City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Nancy Ginsburg, Adolescednt Intervention and Diversion Project of the Criminal Practice, and Christine Bella, Special Litigation Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

January 27, 2009

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the impact of proposed State Executive Budget funding cuts for civil legal services, criminal defense and indigent parolee defense. Presented to the State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

November 24, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Oversight: Special Needs of Adolescents in New York City Correctional Facilities." Presented to the City Council Committees on Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice and Youth Services by Mary Lynne Werlwas, an attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project of the Civil Practice, and Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Team of the Criminal Practice.

November 21, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. Presented to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Labor by Hollis Pfitsch, a staff attorney in the Employment Law Unit of the Civil Practice.

November 20, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on New York State's TANF-funded Welfare to Work Program. Presented before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Social Services by Susan Welber, a staff attorney in the Brooklyn Neighborhood Office of the Civil Practice.

November 13, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the "Oversight and Accountability of the Child Welfare System." Presented to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families and the Subcommittee on Foster Care by Tamara A. Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice.

October 30, 2008

Comments of The Legal Aid Society concerning mandatory enrollment of persons living with HIV/AIDS in Medicaid managed care. Presented by Rebecca Novick, law graduate in the Health Law Unit, before the AIDS Institute Listening Forum.

October 28, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Report and Recommendations of the New York State/New York City Mental Health Criminal Justice Panel. Presented by Claudia Montoya, staff attorney in the Enhanced Defense-MICA Project before the New York City Council Committee on Public Safety and the Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services.

October 28, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on physical health services in the New York City Correctional facilities. Presented by Dale A. Wilker, staff attorney in the Prisoners' Rights Project, before the New York City Council Committees on Health and Fire and Criminal Justice Services.

September 23, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society concerning the status of various City efforts to alleviate homelessness in New York City. Presented by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society, before the Committee on General Welfare of the New York City Council.

May 8, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on The Rockefeller Drug Laws - 35 Years Later. Presented to the Assembly Standing Committees on Codes, Judiciary, Correction, Health, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and Social Services by William Gibney, Director of the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice.

May 5, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society at a public hearing on "Community Reentry of Persons with Alcohol and/or Drug Dependency Released from Incarceration and Progress with Collaboration between Parole, Corrections, and OASAS. Presented to the Assembly Standing Committees on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and Correction by Shreya Mandal, Mitigation Specialist in the Criminal Appeals Bureau, and Kenneth Stephens, staff attorney in the Civil Law Reform Unit.

April 22, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society in support of Reform of The Prison Litigation Reform Act. Presented by Lisa Freeman and Dori Lewis of the Society's Prisoners' Rights Project before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security: Hearing on H.R 4109, the "Prison Abuse Remedies Act of 2007."

March 14, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Mayor's Fiscal Year 2009 Preliminary Budget. Presented to the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief.

February 26, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Examining DYCD's and ACS's Efforts to Prevent Younth Aging Out of Foster Care from Becoming Homeless." Presented to the Committee on General Welfare and the Committee on Youth Services of the New York City Council by Nancy Rosenbloom, Director of the Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit of the Juvenile Rights Practice, and Heather O'Hayre, social worker in the Adolescent Practice Team in the Juvenile Rights Manhattan Office.

February 7, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the impact of proposed State Executive Budget funding levels for civil legal services, criminal defense and indigent parolee defense. Presented to the State Senate Finance Committee and the State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

January 23, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Oversight: Student Suspensions".Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Civil Rights and Education by Donna Henken, Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project, Criminal Practice, and Jessica Jones, New York County Office of the Juvenile Rights Practice. (Criminal and Juvenile Rights)

January 10, 2008

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "Child Welfare and the Increased Demands on New York City Family Courts."Presented to the New York City Council Committee on General Welfare by Amanda White, Attorney-in-Charge of the Bronx County Office of the Juvenile Rights Practice. (Juvenile Rights)

December 14, 2007

The Legal Aid Society Testimony on "The Needs of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care." Presented to the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families and the Subcommittee on Foster Care by Tamara A. Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights Practice. (Juvenile Rights)

December 12, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society urging the City Council to pass Intro 61, an important homelessness prevention measure that will allow New Yorkers receiving lawful sources of income to find housing and remain in their homes. Presented to the New York City Council General Welfare Committee by Judith Goldiner, Supervising Attorney in the Civil Law Reform Practice, and Lucy Newman, staff attorney in the Bronx Neighborhood Office. (civil)

December 5, 2007

The Legal Aid Society testimony on Universal Health Coverage. Presented at the New York State Partnership for Coverage public hearings (sponsored by the New York State Departments of Health and Insurance) by Lisa Sbrana, Supervising Attorney, Health Law Unit; Carol Santangelo, staff attorney, and Zach Strassburger, paralegal.

November 13, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the Future of Sentencing in New York State.Presented to the New York State Commission on Sentencing Reform by Shreya Mandal, a mitigation specialist for the Criminal Practice.

October 24, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on the impact of the Department of Homeless Services' new policy to deny shelter from the elements to homeless children and their families. Presented to the New York City Council General Welfare Committee, by Steven Banks, the Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

Testimony of a homeless father on the impact of the new policy on his family. Presented to the New York City Council General Welfare Committee by Don Keith Allen, Sr.

October 23, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on "The Role of Probation in Family Court." Presented to the Task Force on the Future of Probation in New York State by Karen Yazmajian, Supervising Attorney of the delinquency practice in the Brooklyn Office of the Juvenile Rights Practice; Martin Feinman, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Brooklyn Office; and Jacqueline Deane, Director of the Juvenile Rights Delinquency Practice. (juvenile rights).

October 10, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society on School Safety. Presented to the New York City Council Committees on Education, Juvenile Justice and Public Safety by Nancy Ginsburg, Director of the Adolescent Intervention and Diversion Project of the Criminal Practice. (criminal and juvenile rights)

May 31, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society at a joint public hearing on Legislation Addressing Wrongful Convictions and the State DNA Database. Presented to the State Assembly Standing Committee on Codes and the State Assembling Standing Committee on Correction by Robert C. Newman, Senior Attorney in the Special Litigation Unit of the Criminal Practice with assistance from Richard Joselson, Supervising Attorney in the Criminal Practice's Criminal Appeals Bureau.

April 30, 2007

Testimony of The Legal Aid Society at a public hearing on the Status of the Implementation of the Brad H. Settlement and the Discharge Plan for Mentally Ill Inmates. Presented to the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Disability Services and the Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services, and the subcommittee on Drug Abuse by John Volpe, LCSW, Director of the Enhanced Defense-MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemically Addicted) Project.

April 17, 2007

Comments of The Legal Aid Society Prisoners' Rights Project on the Proposed Amendments to the Minimum Standards for New York City Correctional Facilities. Presented before the public hearings of the New York City Board of Correction by John Boston, Director of the Prisoners' Rights Project of The Legal Aid Society.

February 14, 2007

The 2007-2008 Executive Budget: Public Protection. Presented before the New York Senate Finance Committee and the New York State Assembly Committee on Ways and Means by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief of The Legal Aid Society.

February 14, 2007

Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. Presented before the New York City Council Committee on Juvenile Justice by Leslie A. Abbey and Kimberly Forte, staff attorneys in the Juvenile Rights Practice. (Juvenile)

January 30, 2007

Testimony of the Legal Aid Society and the Community Service Society on NYCHA's Resident Participation Funding. Presented to New York City Council Subcommittee on Public Housing by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, Civil Law Reform Unit (Civil)

January 11, 2007

The Juvenile Justice System in New York State. Presented before the New York State Assembly Standing Committee on Children and Families and the Standing Committee on Codes by Tamara A. Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge of the Juvenile Rights practice. (Juvenile)

1/10/2007

Testimony of the Legal Aid Society and Legal Services of New York on NYCHA's Section 8 Voluntary Transition Plan. Presented to New York City Council Subcommittee on Public Housing Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, Civil Law Reform. (Civil)

12/19/2006

Oversight: Department of Correction Non-Health Related Discharge Planning and Re-entry. Presented before the City Council Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and the Committee on Civil Rights by Marshall Green, Attorney-in-Charge of the Bronx Neighborhood Office, and Judith Goldiner, a staff attorney in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit. (Civil, Criminal)

12/5/2006

Oversight: The Role of Education Officials and Staff in Identifying Early Indicators of Juvenile Delinquency and in Diverting Juveniles from the Juvenile Justice System. Presented before the New York City Council by Nancy Ginsburg, Supervising Attorney, and Nancy Rosenbloom, Staff Attorney. (Juvenile, Criminal)

11/2/2006

Public Safety Issues in Public Housing Developments. Presented before the New York City Council by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, and Ashwani Prabhakar, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

10/26/2006

Driver's License Policy and the Impact on Immigrants. Presented before the New York City Council by JoJo Annobil, Supervising Attorney. (Civil, Criminal)

10/24/2006

Debt Collection. Presented before the New York State Assembly by April Newbauer, Supervising Attorney. (Civil)

10/12/2006

Impact of TANF Reauthorization in New York. Presented before the New York City Council by Kenneth R. Stephens, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

10/10/2006

New York City Housing Authority's Section 8 Transition Proposal. Presented before New York City Housing Authority by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge Civil Practice, Scott Rosenberg, Supervising Attorney, and Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

9/28/2006

New York State 2007 Action Plan. Presented before New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

6/15/2006

Strategies to Protect Children in Foster Care in New York who Qualify under Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Presented before the New York City Council by Hannah Kim, Staff Attorney. (Civil, Juvenile)

6/8/2006

New York City Housing Authority's 7 Point Plan to Preserve Public Housing. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney in Chief, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge Civil Practice, Scott Rosenberg, Supervising Attorney, Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, and David Robinson, Legal Services of New York (Civil)

6/2006

Rents for Rent Stabilized Apartments. Presented before the New York City Rent Guidelines Board by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Society, and David Robinson, Legal Services of New York. (Civil)

5/25/2006

New York City Housing Authority's Public Housing Preservation Plan. Presented before the New York State Assembly by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

5/15/2006

State of Immigrant Services in New York City. Presented before the New York City Council by JoJo Annobil, Supervising Attorney. (Civil)

4/27/2006

Health Services for Detained Youth. Presented before the Mayor's Office on Contract Services by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge Juvenile Practice, and Nancy Rosenbloom, Staff Attorney. (Juvenile)

4/27/2006

Public Funds to Rent Substandard Housing - Int. 161. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief. (Civil)

4/25/2006

New York City Department of Correction's Long-term Plan for Borough Jails & Rikers Island. Presented before the New York City Council by John Boston, Supervising Attorney. (Civil and Criminal)

4/10/2006

New York City Housing Authority Fee Increase for Residents Proposal. Presented before the New York City Council by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney, and Ashwani Prabhakar, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

3/23/2006

New York City Department of Juvenile Justice Services' FY2007 Budget. Presented before the New York City Council by Nancy Rosenbloom, Staff Attorney, and Karen Fisher Gutheil, Staff Attorney. (Juvenile and Other)

3/2/2006

Impact of TANF Reauthorization in New York. Presented before the New York State Assembly by Kenneth Stephens, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

2/17/2006

New York City Housing Authority Implementation of the Federal Community Service Requirement. Presented before the New York City Council by Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

2/16/2006

Establishing Priorities for the New York City Council Juvenile Justice Committee. Presented before the New York City Council by Nancy Ginsburg, Supervising Attorney, and Nancy Rosenbloom, Staff Attorney. (Juvenile)

2/14/2006

Governor's FY 2007 Executive Budget: Public Protection. Presented before the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, and Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge Civil Practice. (Other)

2/9/2006

Oversight and Accountability of the Child Welfare System. Presented before the New York State Assembly by Tamara Steckler, Attorney-in-Charge Juvenile Practice. (Juvenile)

1/11/2006

New York State Division of Parole Policies & Procedures. Presented before the New York State Assembly by David Werber, Supervising Attorney. (Criminal)

10/20/2005

Exploring the Need for an Annual Report on the Status of Indigent Legal Representation. Presented before the New York City Council by Steven Banks, Attorney-in-Chief. (Criminal)

10/17/2005

Resources Available to Seniors in New York City Seeking Help with Legal Instruments Related to Health Care Decision-Making. Presented before the New York City Council by Diane Lutwak, Supervising Attorney. (Civil)

9/28/2005

Delay in Arraigning Republican National Convention Demonstrators. Presented before the New York City Council by William Gibney, Staff Attorney. (Criminal)

9/22/2005

Prosecutorial Discretion in Immigration Cases - Resolution 1153. Presented before the New York City Council by Olivia Cassin, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

9/20/2005

Criminal Penalties and Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders. Presented before the New York State Assembly by Robert Newman, Staff Attorney. (Criminal and Civil)

8/3/2005

New York City Housing Authority Annual Plan & Five-Year Plan. Presented before the New York City Housing Authority by Steven Banks, Attorney in Chief, Adriene Holder, Attorney-in-Charge Civil Practice, Scott Rosenberg, Supervising Attorney, and Judith Goldiner, Staff Attorney. (Civil)

8/2005

New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal's Proposal to Increase of Maximum Base Rent for Rent Controlled Apartments. Presented before the New York State Division of Housing & Community Renewal by Ashwani Prabhakar, Staff Attorney. (Civil)