NYLPI challenges Fair Fares program for discriminating against people with disabilities

December 30, 2019

An article in the Queens Daily Eagle covered NYLPI’s challenge to the City’s new reduced-fare transit program, Fair Fares, quoting NYLPI Senior Staff Attorney Christopher Schuyler: But the program will leave out Access-A-Ride users, according to NYLPI. …

City reduces waste capacity after NYLPI-backed legislation and lawsuit to clean up transfer station

December 20, 2019

Empowered by a waste equity law (Local Law 152 of 2018) passed in 2018 with the support of NYLPI’s coalition, the NYC Department of Sanitation has reduced the permitted waste capacity for three transfer stations in Brooklyn.  In 2017, NYLPI sued one of …

USA Today investigation of immigration detention facilities cites NYLPI’s groundbreaking work

December 20, 2019

An in-depth investigation by USA Today into abuses at immigration detention facilities across the country cited NYLPI’s groundbreaking work and quoted NYLPI Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg. The questionable medical conditions inside ICE facilities insp …

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 …

Crain’s Selects NYLPI’s Rachel Spector for 2020 Notable Women in Law

December 16, 2019

We take pride today as Crain’s New York Business 2020 Notable Women in Law honors Rachel Spector, who skillfully directs the Environmental Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. Her talents drive campaigns with her team and with l …

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, …

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