Reuters: Infamous New York island jail could have new, green life

December 20, 2019

A Reuters article quoted NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan on the campaign for a Renewable Rikers.  A series of City Council bills would transform the notorious jail into a renewable energy hub. “It’s turning something that has been bleak, may …



QNS: Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation

December 12, 2019

Photo credit: Max Parrott/QNS QNS Coalition of environmental and criminal justice advocates unite around Renewable Rikers legislation By Max Parrott / Thursday, December 12, 2019 A coalition of environmental justice advocates and criminal justice refor …



Op-Ed: The Energy Behind the Renewable Rikers Vision

December 11, 2019

The Gotham Gazette published an op-ed by Councilmember Costa Constantinides and NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Melissa Iachan making the case for a Renewable Rikers Island.  The plan would create a solar farm, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant, …



NY Post: NYLPI Organizer Urges Mayor to Make ThriveNYC Conference More Inclusive

November 15, 2019

The New York Post quoted NYLPI Health Justice Organizer Mia Soto in its article, Just seven mayors to attend Chirlane McCray’s annual ThriveNYC conference: “Although we commend the mayor’s efforts and commitment to building a national, cities-based mov …



THE CITY Covers NYLPI Testimony Urging Accessible 911 for People with Disabilities

November 12, 2019

THE CITY quoted Senior Staff Attorney Maureen Belluscio in its article, City’s Delayed Response On 911 Overhaul Declared An Emergency, which covered a City Council hearing into the Administration’s abject failure to create an accessible 911 system, inc …



NYLPI Urges Immediate End to Solitary Confinement

November 8, 2019

NYLPI joined partners in signing on to a letter to Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, criticizing the limitations of the Governor’s proposed regulations on solitary confinement and urging the passage of the …



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