Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 10.13.23

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.

LAS condemns Mayors plan, backed by Governor, to end Right to Shelter 

NYT: New York’s Right to Shelter Is Under Attack. Again.
The City: Gov. Hochul Backs Adams’ Call To Suspend ‘Right to Shelter’ During Asylum Crisis
AMNY: Gov. Hochul’s admin formally backs Mayor’s latest request to suspend shelter mandate
NYDN: In filing, Hochul’s administration backs pause of NYC right to shelter
NY1: State sides with city in court case to suspend right-to-shelter
NY Post: Gov. Hochul supports Mayor Adams’ plan to roll back ‘right to shelter’ for migrants
Reuters: New York mayor tries to discourage migrants with Latin America trip
Democracy Now: Mayor Eric Adams Tours Latin America to Warn Asylum Seekers Against Coming
Gothamist: Asylum-seekers would face no time limits on shelter stays under NYC Council bill
NY Post: NYC Council members propose bill to bar limits on migrant shelter stays
Daily Mail: Migrants say they will IGNORE NYC Mayor Eric Adams pleas
The City: New Migrant Shelter Case Judge Ordered Man’s Eviction for ‘Homeless Lifestyle’
1010WINS: Suspension of NYC’s ‘right to shelter’ could lead to LA-sized homeless encampments
Our Town: Hochul Backs Adams In Calling For Alterations to Historic “Right-To-Shelter” Law
NYDN: Hochul says right to shelter can’t be ‘open invitation to 8 billion people’
AMNY: Advocates seek to stop Mayor Adams’ moves to end shelter mandate

LAS mourns latest client to die on Rikers; monitor shows continued violence 

NYT: Monitor Condemns Rikers Violence as 9th Person Dies in Custody This Year
CBS2: 27-year-old man dies while in custody at Rikers Island
Gothamist: Another Rikers detainee dies, marking 9th death in NYC correction custody this year
NYDN: Mentally ill NYC robbery suspect dies on Rikers Island 7 days after being detained
1010WINS: Man, 28, is 9th to die in DOC custody so far this year
Patch: Rikers Inmate Is 9th Death In NYC’s Jails This Year: Advocates
NY1: Another Rikers inmate dies, marking 9th death in custody this year
Queens Daily Eagle: Monitor says Rikers is getting worse as detainee becomes 9th to die this year
NYP: Inmate dies on NYC’s Rikers Island — 9th dead in DOC custody this year
City & State: Federal monitor concludes DOC is incapable of running Rikers well
The City: Federal Monitor Chides City Jails Brass for Increased Violence, Lies
Gothamist: Rikers detainees are isolated and idle after programming budget cuts
NYDN: Judge raps NYC Correction boss Louis Molina, aides for interfering with Rikers, jails monitor
Amsterdam News: Eighth person dies while detained on Rikers Island this year

More LAS in the news

City Limits: Evolving Requirements For Tenant Lawyer Funding Met With Protest
Capitol Pressroom: New York’s standards for forensic evidence evaluation
El Diario: Deudores de préstamos estudiantiles urgen remedios a sus deudas tras fin de pausa
Gothamist: On Staten Island, 2 months of back rent can end in eviction
Queens Daily Eagle: Council passes bill in hopes more detainees are brought to court on time