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    Tuesday, 15 April 2014

    Miikela with Diana Reyna and Mathieu Eugene

    April 15, 2014, Brooklyn, NY— Tenants and advocates gathered today to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against landlords who have aggressively harassed and targeted Black tenants to compel them to move, renting their apartments almost exclusively to younger, white tenants. Plaintiffs (eleven tenants, along with the Flatbush Tenant Coalition and Flatbush Development Corporation, represented by Legal Services NYC’s Brooklyn program) allege violations of the Fair Housing Act and the New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws. (Above: Homewood Gardens resident Mikela Atherton speaks at this morning's press conference. Behind her are Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna and Council Member Mathieu Eugene.)

    Friday, 04 April 2014

    April 3, 2014, Staten Island, NY—Many New York City homes were badly affected by flooding from Hurricane Sandy. Homeowners with flood insurance may not have received funds sufficient to cover the costs of repairing or rebuilding. In order to dispute flood insurance payouts going forward, homeowners must file proof of loss with their insurance provider before April 28th, 2014. For homeowners unable to hire an experienced insurance attorney who is working with building professionals, the best option is to file a self-made proof of loss. There will be clinics with free lawyers to help homeowners complete a self-made proof of loss.

    Wednesday, 26 February 2014

    The NY Daily News reports on yet another victim of domestic violence who sought help from the New York City Police Department, only to be denied her right to an interpreter. In this case, the Spanish-speaking mother was trying to explain to the non-Spanish speaking officers that she has an order of protection against her estranged husband, who had entered her residence and changed her locks. Instead of providing an interpreter, police conferred with her English-speaking husband and then ordered her and her four-year old son out of their home.

    Monday, 24 February 2014

    The New York Times has the story, including shocking video, of Legal Services NYC clients who have been living in rubble since their landlord demolished their kitchens and bathrooms last summer. The tenants are low-income residents of rent-regulated apartments in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood where many tenants face illegal and often successful pressures to move out.

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