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LAS in the News 2.14.20

At The Legal Aid Society our Civil, Criminal Defense, Juvenile Rights, and Pro Bono practices work tirelessly in and out of the courtroom to defend our clients and dismantle the hidden, systemic barriers that can prevent them from thriving in New York City. We seek to be a beacon of hope for those who feel neglected —regardless of who they are, where they come from, or how they identify. Our experienced teams provide comprehensive services, support, and advocacy that protect rights, keep families and communities together, and in many cases, saves lives. We have an intrinsic connection to the daily lives of New Yorkers. Here are a few of the places we made a difference, provided context or added valuable perspective this week:

Stop and frisk on the rise again in NYC, haunts former mayor

AMNY: Stop-and-frisk made a comeback across New York in 2019: report
Gothamist: NYPD Reports First Rise In Stop And Frisks Since 2013
El Diario: Práctica policial del ‘stop and frisk’ aumentó 22% en NYC en el 2019
NY Post: NYPD recorded highest stop-and-frisk numbers last year since 2015
Pix 11: Number of stop-and-frisks by police across NYC on the rise for the first time in years
Patch: Stop-And-Frisk Made ‘Alarming’ Comeback In 2019, Study Says
NY Daily News: NYPD stop-and-frisk numbers jumped by 22% in 2019 from prior year: report
Queens Daily Eagle: Stop-and-frisk increased by 32 percent in Queens last year
Patch: E Harlem Tops Borough In Stop-And-Frisk Searches In 2019: Study
NYLJ: Legal Aid Decries 2019 Stop-and-Frisk Spike; NYPD Questions Whether There Was One
Patch: Bed-Stuy Ranks In Top 10 Stop-And-Frisk Precincts: Data
Patch: Astoria Had The Most Stop-And-Frisk Searches In Queens In 2019
Pix 11: Bloomberg apologizes again for stop-and-frisk support after 2015 audio clip resurfaces
Patch: Stop-And-Frisks See Increase In Queens, Data Shows
The Appeal: Michael Bloomberg’s Stop-and-Frisk Legacy Came Back to Haunt Him This Week 
Astoria Post: Astoria’s 114th Precinct Had Highest Number of Stop-and-Frisk Incidents in Queens

LAS defends newly enacted bail reforms

Gothamist: After Pressure Campaign, NY State Politicians Say They Will Change Bail Reforms
Democrat & Chronicle: Democrats’ NY bail plan: Eliminate cash bail, give judges more discretion
Queens Daily Eagle: State senate leaders propose plan to reform bail reform
WSJ: New York Senate Proposes Change to Bail Law, Angering Assembly Democrats
The Daily Star: Top court official: Bail law should let judges consider danger factor
City & State: Why the new bail law was always destined for changes
CBS2: Bail Reform: State Senate Democrats Propose Fix For Controversial New Law
NYLJ: Senators Propose to Give Judges More Discretion in Tweak of New Bail Reform Law
THE APPEAL: New York Democrats Are Caving on Bail 
GayCityNews: LGBTQ Groups to Lawmakers: Don’t Bail on Bail Reform

Fight over who pays broker’s fees continues 

Crain’s: Sorry Renters, Broker Fee Changes Only Apply To Future Leases
Gothamist: Real Estate Brokers Are Still Seeking Hefty Fees From NYC Tenants, Despite State Ban
NYT: Real Estate Groups to Challenge Ban on Broker Fees for Renters
NY Daily News: NYC’s powerful real estate lobby plans lawsuit over broker fee bombshell
Business Times: New York’s real estate groups to challenge ban on broker fees for renters
AMNY: Excitement and concern surround new broker fee laws for NYC tenants
Curbed: New York’s broker fee ban is on hold for now
Time: New York City Apartment Broker Fees Return After Judge Temporarily Blocks Ban
Fox 5: Reprieve from real estate broker fees on hold for now
Crain’s: broker fee fight judge offers temporary reprieve industry chaos

LAS fights to keep ICE out of courts

AMNY: New York City legal aid lawyers seek to stop ICE arrests at courthouses
Pix 11: Advocates push to keep ICE out of NY courthouses
El Diario: Lucha para que ‘La Migra’ no realice arrestos en las cortes

More LAS in the news

Queens Daily Eagle: Council committee to examine city’s controversial DNA database
The Real Deal: “Good cause” eviction bill amended, advances in Albany
Gothamist: Murder Not Caused By Recent Discovery Reforms, Contrary To Official Statements
City & State: Should sex workers still end up in handcuffs?
NY Daily News: ALLAN WERNICK: Trump’s new travel ban stigmatizes nonwhite immigrants
Queens Daily Eagle: Evictions decreased by 25% in NYC last month under state tenant protections
Queens Daily Eagle: Katz carries new energy into role as DA
Patch: NYC Tenants Need A Bill Of Rights, City Comptroller Says
Queens Chronicle: Sex work backers call for decriminalization
NYDN: NYPD shopping changes to controversial methods used to collect and keep DNA