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What: Join as we call on the Mayor and NYPD to better address mental health crisis in the community When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Noon Where: Manhattan Steps of City Hall Advocates and individuals with mental health concerns request: • New non-police alternatives to responding to crisis calls • Reforms to NYPD process for responding to individuals experiencing distress • Reinstatement of Mayoral Task Force related to intersection of mental health and criminal justice Hear from those impacted by police shootings, including family members and NYC residents with mental health concerns. Contact: Carla Rabinowitz, 212-780-1400 x7726 crabinowitz@communityaccess.org ...
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County jails continue to fail to provide medical care to people whom ICE confines while they await immigration proceedings.  NYLPI’s February 2017 report detailing the deplorable conditions and lack of medical attention at the jails was mentioned in NY1 report profiling a recent individual’s experience.  His medical needs went untreated for so long that an Immigration Judge released him in order to receive medical treatment.  NYLPI continues to advocate for better medical care for people confined to immigration detention and hold the jails and ICE accountable ...
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NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Program authored an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Chapters 2 & 3; WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and Healthy Schools Network in the case Friends of P.S. 163 v. Jewish Home Lifecare. This case involves a challenge to the environmental review of a construction project next to an elementary school, on the grounds that the lead agency failed to consider or require adequate mitigation of the impacts of lead dust and construction noise on young children in the school. NYLPI’s brief, on behalf ...
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The firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, in the case of Davison v. State of New York.  The case challenges the State’s practice of charging only those patients who file damages lawsuits against the State, for the patients’ stay at State psychiatric hospitals – with charges ranging from several hundred thousand dollars into the millions.  Allowing the State to single out such patients insulates the State from virtually all civil liability and violates the ...
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Environmental Justice

NYLPI’s Environmental Justice Program authored an amicus brief to the New York Court of Appeals on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Chapters 2 & 3; WE ACT for Environmental Justice; and Healthy Schools Network in the case Friends of P.S. 163 v. Jewish Home Lifecare. This case involves a challenge to the environmental review of a construction project next to an elementary school, on the grounds that the lead agency failed to consider or require adequate mitigation of the impacts of lead dust and construction noise on young children in the school. NYLPI’s brief, on behalf ...
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Mayor De Blasio publicly stated yesterday that his administration is supporting a bill to reduce the amount of garbage permitted at private waste transfer stations in the city’s most overburdened neighborhoods – the South Bronx, North Brooklyn, and Southeast Queens. NYLPI, along with partners New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, Teamsters, and community groups in the affected neighborhoods, has been advocating for years to reduce the amount of garbage sent to these neighborhoods. The bill, Intro. 495-B, is an important step in toward waste equity in New York City, along with the opening of public marine transfer stations more equitably ...
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NYLPI's Environmental Justice Program, partnering with pro bono co-counsel Schindler Cohen & Hochman LLP, filed a lawsuit today on behalf of community group Cleanup North Brooklyn and neighborhood residents against a private waste transfer station that has operated for years without regard for the law or the local community, plaguing the neighborhood with noxious smells, rats, air pollution and noise. Defendants, a private equity firm known as GBP Waste NY LLC and its parent company GPB Capital Holdings LLC, as well as the prior owners Brooklyn Transfer LLC and Nino and Anthony Tristani, have contributed to ongoing pollution and hazards ...
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According to a new analysis by NYLPI and Transform Don’t Trash NYC, the private sanitation industry in NYC has not improved its recycling performance despite new city rules clarifying which materials must be sorted for recycling at commercial businesses. NYLPI and other advocates continue to gather evidence that private waste haulers may in fact be landfilling materials designated for recycling under city law. Read the press release and the coverage in the New York Daily News and Waste Dive ...
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Health Justice

County jails continue to fail to provide medical care to people whom ICE confines while they await immigration proceedings.  NYLPI’s February 2017 report detailing the deplorable conditions and lack of medical attention at the jails was mentioned in NY1 report profiling a recent individual’s experience.  His medical needs went untreated for so long that an Immigration Judge released him in order to receive medical treatment.  NYLPI continues to advocate for better medical care for people confined to immigration detention and hold the jails and ICE accountable ...
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The firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, in the case of Davison v. State of New York.  The case challenges the State’s practice of charging only those patients who file damages lawsuits against the State, for the patients’ stay at State psychiatric hospitals – with charges ranging from several hundred thousand dollars into the millions.  Allowing the State to single out such patients insulates the State from virtually all civil liability and violates the ...
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Last week on August 9th 2017, Lauren Quijano, Health Justice Community Organizer, hosted a medical letter writing workshop “Melting the ICE: Breaking Down Barriers in Immigration Detention” with partnering physicians in NYLPI’s Medical Provider Network, in an effort to share strategies for writing medical advocacy letters for people held in immigration detention facilities.   More physicians continue to join the New York Lawyers for the Public Interests’ Medical Provider Network, as part of the Health Justice Program. NYLPI continues to connect with physicians in New York, New Jersey, and in other states who can help provide medical advocacy to clients and their ...
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NYLPI is excited to announce that Weil, a longtime partner of NYLPI, has sponsored a new Senior Staff Attorney position through a generous gift.  With fundamental rights under attack, this gift will increase our capacity at a time of critical need.  We welcome Marinda van Dalen, an attorney with decades of civil rights litigation experience, to this new role.  “Weil hopes that this gift will help NYLPI to continue fighting for the civil rights of New Yorkers most in need,” said David J. Lender, the Global Co-Head of Weil’s Litigation Department and a NYLPI Board Member.  “We also hope that ...
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Disability Justice

What: Join as we call on the Mayor and NYPD to better address mental health crisis in the community When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Noon Where: Manhattan Steps of City Hall Advocates and individuals with mental health concerns request: • New non-police alternatives to responding to crisis calls • Reforms to NYPD process for responding to individuals experiencing distress • Reinstatement of Mayoral Task Force related to intersection of mental health and criminal justice Hear from those impacted by police shootings, including family members and NYC residents with mental health concerns. Contact: Carla Rabinowitz, 212-780-1400 x7726 crabinowitz@communityaccess.org ...
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The firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP filed an amicus brief on behalf of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI) in the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department, in the case of Davison v. State of New York.  The case challenges the State’s practice of charging only those patients who file damages lawsuits against the State, for the patients’ stay at State psychiatric hospitals – with charges ranging from several hundred thousand dollars into the millions.  Allowing the State to single out such patients insulates the State from virtually all civil liability and violates the ...
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The Committee will be led by Hon. Rosalyn H. Richter, Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, and is comprised of judges, clerks and administrators, legal services providers, and advocacy groups from across New York State.  NYLPI is excited to be a part of this Committee.  Access to justice is a fundamental right, and it cannot be achieved unless people with disabilities have equal access to courts. Read the New York State Unified Court System Press Release here. NYLPI’s advocacy regarding Courthouse Accessibility also includes the Disability Justice Program’s 2015 Accessible Justice report and ongoing representation of individual clients in a ...
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NYLPI, with co-counsel Mayer Brown, announces today that it settled a federal court lawsuit against the City of New York to provide accessible police transportation for people who use wheelchairs at the time of their arrest. NYLPI filed an Amended Complaint in May 2016 on behalf of Robert Filer. This lawsuit alleged that for many years the New York City Police Department repeatedly arrested people who use wheelchairs in a dangerous and discriminatory manner, by failing to use accessible vehicles when transporting them. Individuals who have mobility disabilities have repeatedly sued the New York City Police Department over the past decade, ...
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