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Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Pat Bath
Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society

Redmond J. Haskins
Deputy Communications Director
The Legal Aid Society

Current Press Releases and Statements:

January 2021

01/21/21  FOIL: SI District Attorney Employs Controversial Facial Recognition Technology 
01/21/21  LAS, Pro Bono Co-Counsel Secure COVID-19 Vaccine for Client in DOCCS’ Custody
01/20/21 LAS Decries Governor’s Refusal to Offer Incarcerated New Yorkers the COVID-19 Vaccine
01/20/21 LAS Statement on President Biden’s Steps Toward More Humane Immigration Policies
01/19/21 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Address (Civil)
01/19/21 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Address (CDP)
01/15/21 Over 4,000 New Yorkers in DOCCS’ Custody Have Now Tested Positive For COVID-19
01/14/21 LAS, NYCLU Joint Statement on Attorney General Lawsuit Condemning NYPD Protest Violence
01/13/21 Public Defenders Nationwide Announce Plan for Immigration Justice; Provide Ten-Point Plan
01/12/21 Governor Refuses to Permit Vaccinations at Prisons, Jails as COVID-19 Claims More Lives
01/12/21 LAS Testifies at City Council Hearing on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution and Accessibility
01/11/21  LAS Calls on Gov. Cuomo to Advance Key Housing Priorities for Struggling New York Tenants
01/11/21  LAS Statement in Response to Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address
01/11/21  LAS Urges President-Elect Biden to Enact Housing Policies to Benefit Low-Income New Yorkers
01/08/21 NYIFUP Statement on Egregious Treatment of Immigrants on Hunger Strike in ICE Detention
01/08/21 LAS Files Suit to Protect New Yorkers Incarcerated at Adirondack Correctional Facility
01/07/21 LAS Condemns Governor for Excluding Incarcerated New Yorkers from Vaccine Distribution
01/06/21 LAS Releases 2021 Statewide Civil Law Reform Priorities
01/06/21 LAS Calls on State, City to Vaccinate Incarcerated New Yorkers Immediately
01/06/21 Video: NYPD Officer Employs Knee-on-Neck Hold – Same Technique That Killed George Floyd
01/06/21 NYC Public Defenders Call on Legislature to Pass Critical Criminal Legal System Reforms
01/06/21 LAS Education Advocacy Project, Homework Helpers Provide Tech to NYC Students
01/04/21 LAS Calls on City to Immediately Fix DOC Inmate Lookup
01/04/21 As Two More Succumb to COVID-19 in DOCCS’ Custody, LAS Calls for Meaningful Release

December 2020

12/30/20 Federal Court Rejects City’s Attempt to Derail Litigation Seeking to Equip Shelters with WiFi
12/30/20 LAS, Crowell & Moring LLP File Suit Regarding Jail Conditions During 2019 Heat Emergency
12/29/20 NYIFUP Statement on New COVID-19 Outbreak, Hunger Strike in Hudson County Jail
12/28/20 LAS Statement on Passage of COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act
12/28/20 LAS Calls on Governor to Act on 100+ Virus-Related Clemency Applications
12/26/20 LAS Statement on NYS Eviction Moratorium Legislation
12/24/20 LAS, Blank, Rome LLP Secure Pardon for Natasha Joseph, who Risked Deportation
12/24/20 LAS, Kasowitz Secure Pardon for Rosario Pena, a Victim of Human Trafficking
12/20/20 LAS Hosts Holiday Toy Distribution for Homeless and Other Vulnerable Children
12/18/20 LAS Sues DOCCS for Critical Facility-Level Virus Testing Data as COVID-19 Rates Rise
12/18/20 LAS Statement on DOI Investigation Into NYPD’s Response to George Floyd Demonstrations
12/17/20 COVID-19 Rates Explode in NYS Prisons, Advocates Demand Transparency, Action From DOCCS
12/17/20 LAS Honors Staff at 144th Annual Meeting
12/17/20 NYC Defenders Release 2021 Statewide Criminal Legal System Reform Priorities
12/16/20 Report: NYS Eviction Moratorium has Saved the Lives of Over 10,000 New Yorkers
12/15/20 LAS Statement on Governor Cuomo Enacting the Protect Our Courts Act Into Law
12/15/20 Advisory: LAS, Milbank to Argue in Case to Secure Internet Access at Homeless Shelters
12/14/20 New Data Confirms That NYPD Continues to Add New Yorkers’ DNA to Rogue City Database
12/13/20 NY Prisons Reach Shameful Milestone: 2,000 New Yorkers Have Tested Positive for COVID-19
12/10/20  LAS Statement on City Council Vote to Pass the Fair Chance Act 2.0
12/10/20  LAS Analysis: 14 Different NYS Prisons Across NYS Saw an Increase in Positive COVID-19 Cases
12/09/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo to Lift Warrants, Release Vulnerable New Yorkers Held on Parole Warrants
12/08/20 LAS: Arrest Involving Daniel Presti, Mac’s Pub Owner, Illuminates SI’s two Tier “Justice” System
12/08/20 Following Report on New York’s Broken Parole System, LAS Calls for Comprehensive Reform
12/07/20  LAS Calls on Cuomo to Enact Landmark Protect Our Courts Act Immediately
12/07/20  LAS to de Blasio, Local DAs: Decarcerate City Jails now or Risk Innocent Lives to COVID-19
12/07/20  LAS Calls on City to Dissolve Troubled NYPD Vice Squad Unit Immediately
12/04/20 Amid a Second COVID-19 Outbreak at Local Jails, LAS Calls to Release Vulnerable New Yorkers
12/03/20 LAS Statement on Governor Relaxing Eligibility Standards for NY’s Rent Relief Program
12/02/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Medically Vulnerable Clients as COVID Rates Climb
12/02/20 LAS Calls on the City for Answers Following Tragic Death of Ryan Wilson in DOC Custody
12/01/20 LAS Secures End of Prone Restraint Practice Used on Youth in OCFS Overseen Facilities

November 2020

11/30/20 LAS Statement on DA Vance Dismissing Remaining Charges Pending Against Joseph Troiano
11/30/20 Federal Judge Approves Class Action Settlement in LAS’s Landmark Homeless Youth Lawsuit
11/30/20 LAS Calls on Albany to Amend New York’s Rent Relief Program to Serve More Families
11/25/20 Governor Cuomo’s Early Release Initiative Failing to Free Vulnerable New Yorkers on Time
11/24/20 LAS, Milbank Sue City for Failing to Provide Students at Shelters Access to Remote Schooling
11/23/20 NYC Defenders Renew Call for Urgent Reforms of the Criminal Legal System
11/20/20 LAS Calls on Governor, Legislature to Amend Rent Relief Programs to Benefit More New Yorkers
11/18/20 Elected Officials, Advocates, Tenants Condemn Landlord Who Refuses Boiler Repairs, More
11/17/20  NYIFUP Statement About Hudson County’s Contract with ICE
11/16/20  After LAS Urging, HRA Suspends Billing Until January 21, 2021
11/13/20  LAS, Lowenstein Sandler File Lawsuit to Require Newark to Accept NYC SOTA Program
11/10/20  LAS Statement on the Exoneration of Emmanuelle Cooper
11/10/20  LAS Statement After SCOTUS Signals Support for the Affordable Care Act
11/09/20 FOIL: DOC Increases Density Levels at Local Jails to Dangerous Levels
11/09/20 LAS, Lowenstein Sandler LLP Win Petition to Intervene on Behalf of Homeless New Yorkers
11/07/20 LAS Statement on the Election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to the White House
11/02/20 LAS Calls on Governor Cuomo to Extend Executive Order Pausing Default Judgments
11/02/20 LAS, Milbank Issue Final Warning to Expedite Internet Installation at Shelters or Face Litigation

October 2020

10/29/20  Federal Monitor Report: After Seven Years, NYPD Still Failing to Make Court-Ordered Reforms
10/29/20  City Hall: Most Homeless New Yorkers Will Have to Wait for Working WiFi Until Next Summer
10/29/20  Ahead of Election, LAS Re-Releases Know Your Rights Information for Protestors
10/27/20  LAS Wins Appellate Court Victory in Velasco Lopez v. Decker 
10/27/20  LAS Calls for Detailed Plan on How City Will Install WiFi at All NYC Homeless Shelters
10/26/20 NYCLU and LAS Sue Mayor, NYPD for Police Brutality During Protests
10/23/20 LAS Statement on Latest Nunez Independent Federal Monitor Report on Abuse in NYC Jails
10/23/20 LAS Files Suit Against NYC for Failing to Provide Adequate Shelter for Homeless Single Adults
10/23/20 LAS Calls on Cuomo, DOCCS to Release Vulnerable New Yorkers at COVID-19 Hotspot Prisons
10/21/20 LAS Mourns the Loss of Another Incarcerated New Yorker to COVID-19, Condemns DOCCS
10/20/20 LAS Decries Piecemeal Response From City to Address Systemic Internet Issues at Shelters
10/16/20 LAS Statement on OCA Report Examining Court System’s Racial and Other Biases
10/15/20 LAS Warns of Second Surge Within NYS Prison System as COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket
10/15/20  LAS Calls on City Council to End Genetic Stop-And-Frisk
10/14/20  LAS, Milbank Threaten Lawsuit for Neglecting to Provide Homeless Children Internet Access
10/14/20  LAS Statement on Legislation Prohibiting NYPD Collection a Child’s DNA Without Consent
10/13/20  LAS Urges Halt to Plan Resuming Collections on SNAP, Public Assistance, Medicaid Recipients
10/13/20  Defenders Decry 16% Rise in Jail Population as Second Wave of COVID19 Threatens NYC
10/10/20  LAS Statement on the Passing of Christopher Cruz, Client Held Pretrial on Cash Bail at Rikers
10/09/20 LAS Statement on New OCA Memo Concerning Residential Eviction Proceedings
10/09/20 LAS to Wall Street NIMBY Group: Fund Affordable Housing Instead of Vilifying Homeless
10/08/20 LAS Calls on DOC/DOCCS to Assist with Stimulus Applications From People in Custody
10/08/20 As Washington Debates Stimulus Package, LAS Calls for Direct Rental Assistance for Tenants
10/05/20 LAS, Advocates, Community Members to Hold Webinar on the NYPD’s Rogue Gang Database
10/04/20 LAS Advises Incarcerated Persons of Restored Eligibility for Stimulus Payments
10/01/20 LAS Files Appeal in Case to Exonerate Wrongfully Convicted Brooklynite James Davis
10/01/20 LAS Calls for Permanent and Meaningful Regulation of City DNA Index Policy

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