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Tired of late pick-up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for? AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) -- comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) -- wants your input.  Please fill out this survey -- https://goo.gl/28GKht -- today! If you have any questions, please contact:  Eman ...
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Tired of late pick up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for?   Then fill out this survey today! https://goo.gl/28GKht   AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) -- comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) -- wants your input.   If you have any questions, please contact:   Eman Rimawi:  erimawi@nylpi.org, ...
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On November 16, 2017, NYLPI honored Bernard J. Carabello, Founder of the Self-Advocacy Association of New York State, and Eric A. Goldstein, New York City Environment Director and a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, at the 2017 Felix A. Fishman Awards Luncheon. The honorees were recognized for their leadership and dedication to advocating for the rights of New Yorkers with disabilities and working to create a sustainable, environmentally just city. The Felix A. Fishman Awards are given by NYLPI every year to recognize the work of community lawyers and advocates who demonstrate a commitment to expanding access to justice ...
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HJ Staff Attorney and UndocuCare Project Manager, Sarika Saxena, is presenting at the New York City Surrogate’s Judges monthly roundtable on immigrant access to healthcare today.  In light of concerning Staten Island hospital practices on behalf of undocumented and uninsured individuals in need of nursing home or rehabilitative care, the director of the roundtable asked NYLPI to come speak about the intersection of immigration and healthcare, and the lessons we have learned.  We thank the judges for their interest ...
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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

HJ Staff Attorney and UndocuCare Project Manager, Sarika Saxena, is presenting at the New York City Surrogate’s Judges monthly roundtable on immigrant access to healthcare today.  In light of concerning Staten Island hospital practices on behalf of undocumented and uninsured individuals in need of nursing home or rehabilitative care, the director of the roundtable asked NYLPI to come speak about the intersection of immigration and healthcare, and the lessons we have learned.  We thank the judges for their interest ...
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Did you know that you have the right to a free interpreter in your primary language when interacting with your medical provider or the staff at any NYC hospital?  Check out NYLPI’s new Know Your Rights one-pager in English and Spanish (more languages forthcoming) for the full list of your right to communicate in your primary language when seeking medical care ...
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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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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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Disability Justice

Tired of late pick-up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for? AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) -- comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) -- wants your input.  Please fill out this survey -- https://goo.gl/28GKht -- today! If you have any questions, please contact:  Eman ...
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Tired of late pick up’s? Annoyed at being on a vehicle for hours and getting a city tour? Sick of missing work, appointments, shows, dates? Frustrated with being treated badly because of your disability by a service you pay for?   Then fill out this survey today! https://goo.gl/28GKht   AARRG! (the Access-A-Ride Reform Group) -- comprised of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY) and Mobilization for Justice Legal Services (MFJ) -- wants your input.   If you have any questions, please contact:   Eman Rimawi:  erimawi@nylpi.org, ...
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The Access-A-Ride Reform Group (AARRG!) is made up of four advocacy organizations -- NYLPI, as well as the Brooklyn Center for the Independence of the Disabled (BCID), the Center for the Independence of the Disabled, New York (CIDNY), and Mobilization for Justice (MFJ). From long waits to longer rides, Access-A-Ride is in need of a complete overhaul to improve service for persons with disabilities and elderly customers. AARRG! is in the community ascertaining the specific problems with AAR, offering assistance to individuals experiencing problems with AAR, building a network of AAR advocates, and meeting with AAR personnel to implement needed ...
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New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a leading civil rights advocacy organization for marginalized New Yorkers, announced today that, following extensive advocacy, Queens landlord Nouri Realty LLC unveiled a wheelchair ramp which makes an East Elmhurst apartment building accessible to its numerous tenants with disabilities ...
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