New York City Council members urge city to increase legal services funding – JURIST

New York City Council members urge city to increase legal services funding – JURIST

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A majority of New York City Council members on Monday sent a letters to Mayor Eric Adams urging him to drastically increase funding for legal aid services in the city. 26 of the 51 councilors signed the letter requesting $195 million as a “first step in addressing the economic crisis facing these critical programs.”The letter, authored by Councilperson Shaun Abreu, a former tenant rights attorney, referenced several issues facing legal services in the city. He called for increased homicide representation. violet crime in the city, while steadily decreasing, is still experiencing a major increase since 2019. He also called for expanded legal housing assistance. Evictions and other housing issues have grown dramatically since the expiration of COVID-19 housing protections. Legal aid attorneys have been forced to turn down 10,000 housing…
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NYC Council urges Mayor Adams to increase funding for legal aid providers

NYC Council urges Mayor Adams to increase funding for legal aid providers

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A majority of the City Council has signed a letter calling on Mayor Eric Adams to add at least $195 million for legal service providers to next year's budget, warning that the city-supported lawyers face a “funding crisis.”The letter, carrying signatures from 26 of the Council's 51 members, said local right-to-counsel providers and public defenders need salary increases to ensure free legal services are available to millions of New Yorkers who rely on them.The letter arrived as the left-leaning Council and the moderate major haggled over the municipal budget for the council-revenue-projections-more-mayor-adams-estimates-20230522-xn44h47x75bi5cl5u5oxaguqmq-story.html" data-ylk="slk:2024 fiscal year;elm:context_link;itc:0" class="link ">2024 fiscal year. The deadline for the city to adopt the budget falls at the end of the month.Support for legal service providers is a top priority for Council negotiators, said Councilman Shaun Abreu,…
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Public defenders, legal aid providers rally to demand fair funding in NYC’s 2024 budget

Public defenders, legal aid providers rally to demand fair funding in NYC’s 2024 budget

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March 20, 2023, 9:10pmUpdated 4d agoPublic defenders and legal aid providers rallied at City Hall on Monday to demand fair funding in New York City's upcoming 2024 budget. The two groups say not enough funding is being allocated to support their numerous services that help residents. They add they're dealing with a humanitarian crisis on the job that continues to get worse each year. Several of the lawyers' claims of low pay, a high volume of cases and a lack of city funding are forcing many out of their chosen profession. “This must end, and it must end now,” added one attendee.Both groups are calling on the city for an investment of $300 million in the upcoming fiscal budget. Public defender Eugene Toussaint said he fears that the lack of…
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