Legal Aid Society

Press Room

For press inquiries, contact:

Redmond J. Haskins
Director of Media Relations
The Legal Aid Society

Current Press Releases and Statements:


09/22/23 LAS Statement on Plan to Limit Shelter Stays for Adult Migrants to Just 30 Days
09/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s and Deputy Mayor’s Remarks on Right to Shelter
09/20/23 LAS Statement on Temporary Protected Status for Venezuelans
09/19/23 LAS Statement on City’s Proposal to Further Limit Shelter Stays for Single Adults
09/18/23 LAS Statement on City Failing to Timely Process Critical Benefits
09/08/23 LAS Statement on Governor Granting Clemency to Client Michael Martin
09/08/23 2023 Payouts on NYPD Misconduct Lawsuits Already Total Over $50 Million
09/07/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Remarks that the Influx of New Arrivals “Will Destroy NYC”
09/06/23 New Report Underscores Urgent Need to Establish Caseload Standard
09/05/23 Payne v. De Blasio Plaintiffs Respond to NYPD Protest Reforms
09/05/23 LAS Announces Agreement with NYPD to Reform Policing of Protests


08/30/23 LAS, Immigration Advocates Demand End to Policy that Violates Due Process Rights
08/30/23 LAS Statement on Xenophobic Rallies Protesting Temporary Shelters for New Arrivals
08/28/23 LAS Statement on White House Criticisms on Response to New Arrivals
08/28/23 LAS Files Lawsuit Against On Behalf of Hundreds of 24-Hour Home Care Workers
08/24/23 LAS Statement in Response to Governor’s Address on Asylum Seekers
08/24/23 LAS Statement on Statement on the Exoneration of Reginald Cameron
08/22/23 LAS Urges New Yorkers Whose Benefits Were Stolen Through Skimming to Submit A Claim
08/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Providing City Additional Resources to Serve New Arrivals
08/16/23 LAS Statement on State and City’s Management of New Arrivals to New York City
08/14/23 100+ Organizations Demand Plan From Governor to Address Influx of New Arrivals
08/14/23 LAS Decries DOC for Failing to Conduct Fire Safety Inspections at Rikers Island
08/11/23 LAS Warns City Procurement Requests Will Gut NYC’S Tenant Legal Services
08/10/23 LAS Statement from Counsel for Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York
08/10/23 City Data: City Marshals Have Already Executed 5,890 Evictions in 2023
08/09/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Asylum Seeker Address
08/07/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
08/04/23 LAS Statement in Response to Today’s Right to Shelter Emergency Court Conference
08/03/23 LAS Statement in Response to an Emergency Court Conference on Right to Shelter
08/03/23 LAS Secures Temporary Restraining Order Against Landlord For Predatory Scheme


07/31/23 LAS Secures Order Requiring City to Eliminate SNAP, Cash Assistance Delays
07/31/23 LAS Statement on the City Forcing New Arrivals to Languish on Local Streets
07/31/23 Attorney General, Advocates Call to Reverse Decision in Debt Collection Suit
07/19/23 LAS Statement on the City’s 60-Day Rule for Shelter Residents
07/18/23 LAS Statement on Governor Hochul’s Executive Order Handout to Real Estate
07/17/23 LAS Statement on U.S. Attorneys Calling for a Receivership of NYC Jails
07/17/23 LAS Statement on the Appointment of Edward Caban as NYPD Commissioner
07/13/23 LAS Lauds City Council for Voting to Override Mayor’s Veto of Key CityFHEPS 
07/12/23 LAS, CSS Raise Serious Concerns About NYCHA’s Plan to Demolish Apartments
07/11/23 LAS Statement Statement on Mayor Adams’ CityFHEPS Announcement
07/10/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
07/07/23 LAS on City Sheltering Multiple Families With Children in a Congregate Setting on Cots
07/07/23 LAS Urges Biden Administration to Re-Designate TPS to Venezuelan Asylum Seekers
07/07/23 LAS Statement on the Passing of Ricky Howell, the 5th New Yorker to Die in Custody in 2023
07/06/23 Latest Report from Rikers Environmental Conditions Monitor Reveals Gross Non-Compliance


06/30/23 LAS Statement on U.S. Supreme Court Striking Down Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Plan
06/29/23 LAS Files Amicus Brief in Support of Plaintiff’s Right for a Speedy Hearing
06/23/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ Veto of Recently Passed Reforms to CityFHEPS
06/23/23 Public Defenders, Civil Legal Services Providers Call on Mayor to Support Increased Funding
06/21/23 LAS Statement on Rent Guidelines Board Voting to Increase Rents on Vulnerable New Yorkers
06/21/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bill to Preserve Bonds Between Children and Families
06/21/23 LAS Secures Tax Exemption for Bed-Stuy Headquarters of the United Order of Tents
06/21/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bills to Strengthen Rent Stabilization Laws, Protect Tenants
06/20/23 LAS Empire Justice, NYLAG Launch “Fair Hearing Help NY”
06/20/23 LAS Calls for a Rent Freeze for All Tenants Living in Rent Stabilized Units
06/20/23 NYC Council Members Call to Fund Public Defenders, Housing Right to Counsel
06/15/23 LAS Calls on Mayor Adams to Prioritize the Funding Needs of Public Defenders
06/14/23 LAS Statement on Forthcoming Right to Shelter Court Conference
06/14/23 LAS Calls for Investigation of Adams Administration’s Rollout of Surveillance Technologies
06/13/23 LAS Statement from Counsel for Plaintiffs in Nunez v. City of New York et. al.
06/13/23 LAS Statement on NYS Assembly Reconvening Next Week to Resolve Unfinished Business
06/12/23 LAS Statement in Response on Adams Suspending the ‘90-Day Rule’ to Qualify for CityFHEPS
06/10/23 LAS Calls on Governor Kathy Hochul to Enact Clean Slate Legislation
06/08/23 LAS Condemns Governor, Legislature for Failure to Enact any Policy to Address Housing Crisis
06/08/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
06/07/23 LAS Statement on City’s Lawsuit Against 30 Counties for Refusing to House Asylum Seekers
06/06/23 LAS Statement on DA Bragg Vacating 316 Convictions Involving Discredited NYPD Officers 
06/05/23 Civil Rights Organizations Respond to Report on NYPD’s Controversial NST
06/01/23 LAS Statement on NYC DOC Abruptly Ending Public Notifications of Deaths in Custody


05/31/23 LAS Lauds Passage of Bill Eliminating the Notary Requirement in Civil Court
05/31/23 LAS Statement on Reports, Court Conference on Nunez Monitor’s Alarming Special Report
05/30/23 LAS Release Letter in Opposition to City’s Attempt to Eviscerate Right to Shelter Protections
05/26/23 LAS Statement on the Latest Special Report from the Monitor in Nunez v. City of New York
05/24/23 LAS Lauds NYC Council for Passing Needed Legislation to Reform and Expand CityFHEPS
05/23/23 LAS Statement on the City’s Application Regarding Critical Right to Shelter Protections
05/22/23 LAS Releases Letter on NYPD Commissioner Sewell’s Misrepresentations
05/18/23 Latest Report on NYC Rents Underscores Need for Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
05/17/23 NYC’s Public Defenders, Parental Defense Providers Call for Increased Funding
05/16/23 LAS Statement on Mayor’s Proposal to Slash Critical Jail Services for Incarcerated New Yorkers
05/16/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams Extending Executive Order 402 
05/15/23 LAS Statement on the Tragic Death of Jordan Neely
05/15/23 LAS Celebrates 46th Annual Servant of Justice Awards
05/15/23 LAS Lauds SI Grand Jury for Declining to Indict 14-Year-Old Client in Case of Self-Defense
05/12/23 Public Defenders Condemn Mayor Calling for More Criminalization of New Yorkers in Need
05/10/23 LAS Condemn Mayor Over Order Which Suspends Protections of Right to Shelter Laws
05/08/23 Legal Providers Echo Call for Additional Funding for Right to Counsel Program
05/08/23 LAS Statement on City Sheltering Families with Children at Former Police Academy Building
05/05/23 LAS Statement on Mayor Adams’ New Program to Provide Shelter for Asylum Seekers
05/05/23 NYC Public Defenders Joint Statement on Investigation of Wrongly Recorded Calls in NYC Jails
05/03/23 New York City Public Defenders Joint Statement on New York’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
05/03/23 LAS Condemns Hochul, Legislature for Failing to Include Housing Measures in Budget
05/02/23 LAS Condemns Rent Guidelines Board’s Preliminary Vote to Increase Rents
05/02/23 Four Borough Presidents Urge Adams Administration to Fully Fund Right to Counsel 
05/01/23 LAS Secure Settlement Requiring NYS to Provide Expanded Dental Coverage
05/01/23 LAS Calls for Rent Freeze to Protect Low-Income Tenants


04/27/23 LAS Statement on NYC District Attorneys’ Position on Discovery Reform Budget Negotiations
04/27/23 Advisory: Hundreds of Workers to Rally for May Day in Washington Sq Park
04/27/23 Public Defenders Urge Lawmakers to Reject Proposals to Overturn Discovery Reform Law
04/25/23 LAS Files Court Papers on Lack of Progress in Nunez Rikers Island Reforms
04/25/23 Advocates Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
04/25/23 In Response to NYC’s Dire Affordability Crisis, LAS Demands Passage of “Good Cause,” HAVP
04/24/23 Defenders Laud NYC Council’s Progressive Caucus for Opposing Rollbacks to Discovery
04/24/23 Advisory: Advocates Rally in Support of Critical Legislation to Serve Young New Yorkers
04/21/23 LAS Statement on Governor Pushing Rollbacks to Discovery and Speedy Trial Statutes
04/20/23 Queens Family of Eight Faces No Cause Eviction from Their Home of Over Nine Years
04/19/23 LAS Celebrates Judge Rowan D. Wilson, First Black Chief Judge of NY’s Highest Court
04/19/23 Joint Statement Applauding Progressive Caucus’ Call for $351M for ‘Right to Counsel’
04/18/23 LAS Statement on the NYPD Inspector General’s Audit of the NYPD’s Gang Database
04/17/23 Single Mother Faces No Cause Eviction from Brooklyn Home of Nearly 15 Years
04/17/23 LAS Calls on Legislators to Hold the Line Against Proposed Rollbacks to Bail, Discovery
04/13/23 LAS Statement on the Rent Guidelines Board’s 2023 Income and Affordability Study
04/13/23 Latest Report on Rising NYC Rents Underscores Need for “Good Cause” Legislation
04/12/23 NYC Right to Counsel Providers Echo NYC Council’s Request for $50 Million in Funding
04/12/23 LAS Urges Legislators to Resist Last-Minute Proposal to Overturn Discovery Reform
04/11/23 LAS Statement on Mayor, NYPD Deploying New Dystopian Surveillance Technologies
04/10/23 LAS Defeats City’s Motion to Dismiss in Litigation on NYPD Appearance Tickets
04/10/23 Lack of Funding Continues to Jeopardize Right to Counsel
04/05/23 LAS Files Suit Against City for Illegally Terminating Low-Income New Yorkers’ Rental Vouchers
04/03/23 LAS Urges Legislature to Continue to Reject Governor’s Proposed Rollbacks to Bail Reform


03/31/23 LAS Urges Lawmakers to Reject Governor’s Proposed Rollbacks to Successful Bail Reform
03/30/23 LAS Statement on NYC Rent Guidelines Board’s 2023 Income and Expense Study
03/30/23 LAS Releases Video Showcasing Importance of “Good Cause” Eviction Legislation
03/29/23 LAS, NYS Senator Jabari Brisport Launch Know Your Rights Workshops for NYCHA Residents
03/28/23 Defenders, Advocates Demand Answers on Warehouse Fire that Destroyed Evidence
03/28/23 Over 100 Law Professors Reject Governor’s Proposed Changes to Bail Reform
03/27/23 Formerly Homeless Family of 10 Facing No Cause Eviction from Bronx Home
03/27/23 LAS Statement in Response to Siena College Poll on Bail Reform
03/27/23 Organizations Providing Attorneys for Children in Family Court Demand Increased Funding
03/24/23 LAS Defeats the City’s Attempt to Moot Lawsuit Challenging DNA Collection and Storage
03/23/23 In Response to Data on Increased Eviction Filings, LAS Calls to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
03/23/23 LAS Secures Ruling Overturning Murder Conviction of Michael Robinson
03/20/23 Public Defenders and Civil Legal Services Providers Call for Increased Funding
03/17/23 LAS Applauds Modification of Discriminatory Bar Admission Question, Calls For Further Reform
03/17/23 Advisory: Public Defenders, Civil Providers Hold Press Conference to Demand Fair Funding
03/16/23 City Data: NYPD Commissioner Sewell Flouted CCRB Discipline Recommendations 
03/15/23 Attorneys for Children Providers Call on Governor, NYS Legislature for Increased Funding
03/15/23 LAS Attorneys Publish Article Calling for a Reduction in Family Separations
03/14/23 NYC Defenders Joint Statement on Senate, Assembly One-House Budget Proposals
03/14/23 LAS Statement on Statewide Housing Policy Proposals in One-House Budget Bills
03/13/23 LAS Client Faces Eviction from Brooklyn Home of 15 Years, Despite Being a Model Tenant
03/09/23 In Response to Rising Rents, LAS Calls on Albany to Enact “Good Cause” Legislation
03/08/23 Joint Statement on Speaker Adams’ Remarks on Funding Public Defender, Civil Legal Services
03/01/23 LAS Brings Additional Legal Action to Stop Illegal Apartment Conversions

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