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LAS, Partners Decry Effort to Add Smart Chips to IDNYC cards, Warn of Privacy Risks

Councilmember Carlos Menchaca introduced a bill that would bar the ID cards from containing hidden information or any transmission technology, reports The City.
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Ellen Davidson to be Awarded the NYCLA Public Service Award

This award is given in recognition of distinguished service as a public-sector lawyer.
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Judge Slams NYPD Over ‘Smelling Marijuana Odor’ to Construct ‘Legal’ Stops and Searches

The New York Times reported on a recent decision in the Bronx where a Judge called on other jurists to scrutinize officers’ recounts where this scenario is raised in court.
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NYC Council Boosts NYIFUP Funding to Support Immigrants Facing Deportation

The $16.6 million commitment to the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project coincides with the opening of a new immigration court, which began operating with hardly any public notice or transparency.
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LAS Petitions Court to Defend Recent Housing Reforms, NYS Rent Stabilization Laws

The letter argues that Petitioners have standing and the right to intervene on behalf of rent stabilized tenants who stand to lose their homes, reports Crain’s New York Business.
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LTE: NYS Needs More Oversight Over Scofflaw Landlords

Robert Desir, Staff Attorney with our Civil Law Reform Unit, penned a letter to the editor in The New York Times responding to reports of landlords evading recently passed housing reforms.
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LAS Joins Coalition to Secure Fair Wages, Benefits for Independent Contractors

The group of labor advocates includes Local 32BJ, New York Taxi Workers Alliance, New York Nail Salon Workers Association, Make the Road New York and the National Employment Law Project, according to POLITICO New York .
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LAS in the News 9.06.19

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.
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Op-Ed: NYPD Disciplinary Lacks Teeth, Transparency, and Accountability

Anne Oredeko, Supervising Attorney of our Racial Justice Unit, penned an opinion piece in City Limits on the rampant problem of impunity and lack of meaningful discipline at the New York City Police Department.
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LAS Files Appeal to Secure NYCHA Tenants Rent Rebates for Heat/Hot Water Outages

The Legal Aid Society and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP filed an appeal in Diamond v. New York City Housing Authority demanding that the agency issue rent abatements to residents who went without heat and hot water, according to the New York Post.
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