News & Press

Judge’s Ruling Means a Second Chance for MFY Client

A Manhattan Supreme Court Judge ruled that the NYC Department of Education’s (DOE) denial of re-employment to a paraprofessional with a past drunk driving conviction despite a record of rehabilitation and successful employment was arbitrary and capricious and ordered the DOE to expedite the employment application. Read the NY Law Journal’s coverage here.

Tenants Protest Illegal Lockouts in Three-Quarter Houses

Vowing to continue their campaign to end illegal lockouts and evictions, three-quarter house tenants were joined by City Council Members Jumaane Williams and Steven Levin in demanding an end to abusive practices at a City Hall press conference on Oct. 14, 2014.

MFY Supports CFPB Policy Giving Consumers the Right to Be Heard

MFY submitted comments in support of CFPB’s policy proposal that consumers be allowed to release their complaint narratives to the public through a complaint database.  Current complaint categories provide little understanding of the consumer’s experience.  Releasing the narratives will reveal potential predatory lending in the communities MFY serves. 

Home Care Workers Win Class Certification in Wage Theft Suit

Home health care workers formerly employed by BNV  Home Care Agency won class certification allowing their lawsuit against the agency to proceed. The workers, represented by MFY Legal Services and Abbey Spanier LLP, charges that the agency failed to pay workers the required wages for their long hours of work, which regularly entailed 70-80 hours [...]

Origins & Dimensions of the SRO Crisis in NYC

In Single Room Occupancy Housing in NYC: The Origins and Dimensions of a Crisis (CUNY Law Review), MFY attorneys argue that new city policies are needed to preserve SROs and promote new ones to reduce homelessness and increase affordable housing for low-income singles.

MFY Spurs State Investigation of a Predatory Landlord

As a result of MFY Legal Services’ work in documenting tenant harassment by Marolda Properties and bringing together community groups to challenge these abuses, New York State’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has subpoenaed the company. The TPU will investigate allegations of bogus housing court cases that largely targeted elderly and Chinese-speaking tenants, as well as [...]

Judge Rules Three-Quarter Houses Must Follow Eviction Rules

A Brooklyn Housing Court Judge ruled that Back on Track Group, a three-quarter house that evicted MFY Legal Services’ client in July, was not exempt from New York administrative rules preventing unlawful evictions and ordered the resident reinstated. The Judge’s decision said that the license agreement tenants are required to sign does not invalidate their [...]

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