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2023 Brooklyn Legal Services Champion of Justice Awards

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Jeffrey B. Gewirtz
Executive Vice President of Business Affairs
     and Chief Legal Officer
BSE Global
Association for Neighborhood
      & Housing Development (ANHD)

Greg Klemm Joins Legal Services NYC as Chief Financial Officer

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NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2023) – Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), the nation’s largest provider of free civil legal help to low-income New Yorkers, is proud to announce that Greg Klemm will join the organization in September 2023 as Chief Financial Officer. Klemm will oversee LSNYC’s financial responsibilities and strategies, including compliance for government (federal, state, and city) contracts and private grants, yearly budget planning and implementation, overseeing all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems, and managing the overall financial health of the organization. LSNYC has a budget of more than $110 million from over 200 federal, state, city, foundation, and donor sources.

Immigrant Tenants, Elected Officials Demand Zara Realty Stop Harassing Tenants and Urge New York State to Audit Zara’s Unlawful Rent Increases

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QUEENS, NY (July 31, 2023) – Rent-stabilized tenants in three buildings owned by Zara Realty (140-60 Beech Avenue, 140-30 Ash Avenue, and 140-50 Ash Avenue) held a press conference in Queens yesterday to demand that Zara Realty stop tenant harassment, including asking for birth and marriage certificates, charging unnecessary fees for keys and move-ins, and trying to unlawfully raise rents by filing Major Capital Improvement (MCI) applications with the NYS Department of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR), the state agency that oversees rent stabilized buildings in New York. Tenants called on DHCR to deny Zara’s applications due to building disrepairs and apply the letter of the law which prohibits MCIs while certain violations exist. Zara, which manages more than 2,500 rent-stabilized apartments across Queens, is notorious for deceptive rent practices and intimidation tactics and is being sued by the NYS Attorney General Letitia James. Tenants are being organized by CHHAYA CDC and Catholic Migration Services and represented by Queens Legal Services’ Tenant Rights Coalition.

Legal Services NYC, WilmerHale File Lawsuits Against USCIS for Failing to Hear Ukrainian and Russian LGBTQ Asylum Claims

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NEW YORK, NY (July 25, 2023) – Legal Services NYC and Wilmer Hale announce two new lawsuits against the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) on behalf of two LGBTQ asylum seekers, one from Russia and another from Ukraine, for failing to schedule their asylum hearings. Both plaintiffs, Denys Nikonov and Vadim (Nate) Esin were severely persecuted, beaten, and sexually assaulted in their home countries for being LGBTQ and both have been waiting more than six years for an asylum interview due to the USCIS’s policy of “Last In, First Out” (“LIFO”). The LIFO policy, which was implemented by the Trump Administration and preserved by the Biden Administration as a way to deter asylum-seekers, leaves asylum seekers like Mr. Nikonov and Esin unable to create stable lives and fills them with fear and anxiety of being sent back to their now war-torn nations. With more than 700,000 asylum applications backlogged at USCIS, it is clear that neither will get a hearing, leaving them in a state of permanent limbo.

Statement from Legal Services NYC on SCOTUS Decision Striking Down Biden's Student Debt Forgiveness Plan

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NEW YORK, NY (June 30, 2023) – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to strike down President Biden’s Student Debt Forgiveness Plan, a program that erases as much as $10,000 in debt for those who make $125,000. As many as 43 million borrows stood to benefit from the plan, which was blocked by a federal trial judge last year.
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