MFY in the News

MFY Scores Victory against Adoption Subsidy Fraud

After three children ran away from their adoptive parent, their older brother took them in and secured legal guardianship. But the city kept paying a subsidy to the adoptive parent. The Bronx Family Court ordered the adoptive parent the pay back and ongoing support to the older brother, who was struggling to provide for his [...]

Homeowners Can Now Challenge Bank’s Failure to Negotiate in Good Faith

MFY attorney Chantal Hernandez won an important victory for homeowners in foreclosure with a decision by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department that holds that a bank’s failure to follow federal government regulations constitutes a failure to negotiate in good faith. The court also agreed that tolling of interest on the mortgage while the bank [...]

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.

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 [...]