Press Releases

People with Disabilities Fight Back Against Unfair Access-A-Ride Policies

Five people with disabilities filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against New York City Transit (NYCT) for the unconstitutional policies of Access-A-Ride, the City’s paratransit service for people with disabilities. MFY Legal Services, Inc. and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, who are representing the plaintiffs, found that NYCT fails to tell applicants and [...]

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 Report: Door to College Closed to Students Raised by Kin

A new MFY report shows how young people raised by relatives are virtually shut out of higher education because financial aid forms require information they cannot provide.  Long-Term Consequences of Kinship Care: Overcoming Obstacles to Higher Education Funding examines the root of the problem and offers recommendations to end the inequity.

Lawsuit Filed to Save the Homes of 120 Brooklyn Seniors

MFY Legal Services, The Legal Aid Society, and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto represent seven elderly residents of the Prospect Park Residence who filed a lawsuit today seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order to prevent the closure of this assisted living residence.Lawsuit Filed to Save the Homes of 120 [...]

Data Shows Weak Enforcement by NYS Department of Labor

The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage Increase, of which MFY is a member, obtained Freedom of Information Law data showing that the New York State Department of Labor is not keeping up with the need for enforcement of wage laws.  A press conference to publicize the data was held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, [...]

Grandparents Struggle to Navigate Family Court

MFY’s Kinship Caregiver Law Project finds that grandparents provide 60% of informal kinship care, providing a caring home for children who otherwise would be placed in formal foster care. Yet they face formidable obstacles in navigating Family Court and getting the resources they need to provide for the children in their care.

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