Legal Aid Society


LAS in the News 11.18.22

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:

Manhattan DA vacates 188 convictions involving corrupt NYPD officers

NYT: Manhattan D.A. Tosses Nearly 200 Convictions Tied to Discredited Officers
NY1: Bragg to toss 188 convictions due to NYPD misconduct
1010 WINS: NYPD Cop Convictions Tossed: 188 misdemeanors tied to 8 officers vacated by DA
Patch: Nearly 200 Convictions Tied To Crooked NYPD Cops Will Be Tossed: DA
CBS2: 188 convictions tied to former NYPD officers convicted of criminal conduct to be vacated
NY Post: Manhattan DA moves to clear nearly 200 convictions tied to dirty NYPD cops
Gothamist: Manhattan District Attorney looks to vacate 188 cases tied to convicted cops
Law360: Manhattan DA To Toss Nearly 200 Tainted Convictions
NYLJ: Prosecutors Move to Vacate 188 Misdemeanor Convictions Due to Police Misconduct
Patch: Convictions Tied To Disgraced Harlem Cops Tossed By Manhattan D.A.

Judge keeps Rikers Island under City control, for now

PIX11: Federal takeover of Rikers Island could come with judge’s ruling
Patch: Rikers Island’s Staff Count Declines, Use Of Force Remains High
ABC7: Rise in Rikers deaths sparks concern
ABC7: Judge rules to allow NYC to continue attempts to reform Rikers Island
NYLJ: US Judge Declines to Immediately Appoint Receiver to Manage Rikers Island
PIX11: Rikers can continue to be operated by NYC, judge rules
FOX5: Rikers Island to remain in NYC’s control
NY Post: Judge nixes Legal Aid Society’s bid to have feds take over Rikers Island
Bloomberg: NYC Wins Delay in Push for Federal Intervention at Rikers Jail
The Crime Report: Court Strikes Down Appeal for Rikers Federal Monitor
Patch: Rikers Island Remains Under City Management, Judge Rules
NYT: Lawyers for Rikers Detainees Will Ask Judge to Impose Federal Control
NY1: Correction commissioner defends city jails, hopes to avoid federal takeover of Rikers
NYDN: Lawyers for people held on Rikers say city in contempt, call for federal takeover of the jails
NYP: Legal Aid Society to ask feds to take over NYC’s troubled jails
News12: Legal Aid Society files paperwork in court asking for federal takeover of Rikers Island
Politico: Lawyers for Rikers detainees to ask court for federal jail takeover
AMNY: Legal Aid Society to file for federal takeover of Rikers Island
News12: Law department responds to lawsuit over incarcerated New Yorkers on Rikers Island
Politico Playbook: Federal takeover sought as Rikers death toll mounts
NY1: Group of city councilmembers push for federal takeover of Rikers Island
Bloomberg: Key Hearing on Fate of NYC’s Rikers Island Set for Thursday
NYDN: NYC Rikers Island oversight report cites missed medical visits as indirect factor in jail deaths
Gothamist: NYC paid a federal monitor $18 million to help fix Rikers. What went wrong?

Asylum seekers get hotel shelter as tent complex closes

NYT: As Migrants Leave Tent Shelter, Mayor Defends His Strategy
NYT: Migrant Shelter on Randalls Island Will Close After Opening Last Month
City Limits: Mayor Adams Set to Shut Down Randall’s Island Tent Complex for Asylum-Seekers
NBC4: NYC closing just-opened migrant center over slowing numbers
Daily Mail: ‘It was always intended to be temporary’: NYC is closing ‘Adams Tent City’
Daily Mail: REVEALED: Migrant crisis is costing NYC ‘at least’ $600M a year, fiscal watchdog warns
6SQFT: NYC to close Randall’s Island migrant shelter after a month
ABC7: Randall’s Island tent city for asylum seekers to close by end of next week
FOX5: African migrants welcomed by Bronx religious leader

More LAS in the news

Governing: Details Are Hazy About NYPD’s $3B Surveillance Costs
PIX11: Activists call for release of NYPD gang database audit
CBS2: Mayor to roll out reforms to help homeless, low-income families get permanent housing
NYDN: NYPD spent $3 billion on surveillance but critics say details are vague
The City: How Will Hochul Respond to N.Y.’s Housing Crisis?
NYDN: Proposed rules on packages, mail to Rikers detainees draw fire
Law360: NYC Housing Authority Can’t Dodge Worker’s COVID Suit
NYDN: Activists demand NYPD ‘gang database’ report from NYC’s investigative agency
AMNY: NYPD calls database necessary, LAS demand reports be released and disbanded
City & State: For people in New York’s carceral system, a struggle to access the ballot
NYLJ: Protestors Disrupt Event Call For Freeze on Eviction Proceedings for Tenants Lacking Counsel
The City: Building Permits Soared Before Developer Tax Break Expired, New Numbers Show
The Indypendent: Kingston Tenants Win Historic 15% Rent Reduction
Gothamist: Mayor Eric Adams seeks to expand NYC rental subsidy program
Politico: Adams expands access to rental vouchers
City Limits Opinion: Close the Loophole Letting Landlords Displace Rent-Stabilized Tenants
NY Carib News: Mayor Adams To Expand Rent Subsidy Program
News12: Public forum focuses on tenant protection in rent-stabilized apartments
Streetsblog: Brooklyn Council Member Blasts Cops for Arresting Famed Bike Lawyer
NBC4 I-Team: More NYers are Being Arrested or Ticketed While Recording Video of NYPD
NYLJ: Prosecutor Wasn’t Obligated to Instruct Jury on ‘Choice of Evils’ Defense
NYDN: Mayor Adams’ small-potatoes housing moves
City Limits: Empty Rent-Stabilized Units in NYC Decreased This Year