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Broken Promises: Governor’s Early Release Initiative Fails to Free Vulnerable New Yorkers

The Legal Aid Society is calling for the immediate release of four clients, especially vulnerable to COVID-19, who all meet the criteria for early release but remain in DOCCS custody, according to THE CITY.
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LAS Sues City for Failing to Provide Students at Shelters Reliable Internet Access

Filed together with Milbank LLP, the suit seeks reliable internet connections in homeless shelters so all students can attend school remotely by January 4, 2021, according to the New York Daily News.
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LAS Demands Amended Rent Relief Programs to Benefit More New Yorkers

The Legal Aid Society called on the Governor and New York State Legislature to help tenants who are suffering financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as reported by Gothamist.
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LAS Slams New York’s Rent Relief Misfire

A new report released by the Department of Housing and Community Renewal shows that less than $40 million of that $100 million slated for statewide emergency rent relief was disbursed, according to THE CITY.
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Local Jails Increase Density Levels as NYC Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19

A FOIL request revealed​ the DOC has been operating units at a population density that makes physical distancing virtually impossible​, endangering incarcerated New Yorkers and staff alike, as reported by the New York Daily News.
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LAS Calls for Increased Outreach to Tenants Facing Eviction Defaults

Gov. Cuomo ordered a 60 day window to protect struggling New Yorkers but more direct communication is required amid policy confusion, reports Law360.​
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LAS Sounds Alarm as Executive Order Pausing Default Judgments Expires

Attorneys say struggling tenants are at risk of defaulting unwittingly amidst policy confusion, according to Law360.
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City Hall: Most Homeless New Yorkers Must Wait Until Summer for Working WiFi

The Legal Aid Society condemned the Mayor for refusing to immediately install broadband-based internet for children who have been struggling to access remote learning, reports the New York Daily News.
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LAS Demands Details on City’s WiFi Plan for NYC Homeless Shelters

The Mayor has not released specifics or a timeline for providing reliable internet access for remote learning in homeless shelters, according to Gothamist.
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LAS Slams City for Threatening Parents Over Kid’s Virtual School Absences

Parents are crying foul, citing unreliable city-issued learning devices as the DOE threatens to involve Child Services, reports the New York Daily News.
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