Legal Aid's Chief Attorney Participates In Annoucement Of City Council Initiative To Better Prepare City For Future Storms And Emergencies

Last week, Steven Banks, The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief, participated with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Council members in the announcement of the Council's proposed legislative initiative to better prepare the City for future storms and emergencies. The Council's initiative follows up on a series of oversight hearings on the City's response to Superstorm Sandy at which Legal Aid staff testified.

At the announcement, Banks said that "as our front line staff saw in communities that were devastated by Superstorm Sandy, for too many affected children and adults the City's response was too little and too late. Based on our experience in providing comprehensive disaster relief legal services, we support the common sense legislation proposed by the Speaker and the Council to make sure that this never happens again." Banks also noted that The Legal Aid Society has represented Sandy victims in individual legal matters and in class action litigation challenging the City's failure to make federal food stamp benefits available and to continue to provide shelter for substantial numbers of affected New Yorkers.