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Feb
4
2016
NYCLU Praises Budget for Funding Public Defense in Five Counties, Calls for Statewide Reform

The New York Civil Liberties Union, testifying at a Joint Legislative Hearing on Governor Cuomo’s 2016-17 Public Protection Budget, will commend the governor for allocating funds for public defense reform. The funding will be provided to five counties in accordance with the terms of a settlement in Hurrell-Harring v. State of New York, brought by the NYCLU and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP.

Jan
25
2016
Criminal Justice Reform Act is Important Step Toward Curbing Broken Windows Policing

The New York Civil Liberties Union is testifying today in front of the New York City Council urging lawmakers to pass the Criminal Justice Reform Act, a package of eight bills with the potential to prevent hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, especially people of color, from being shackled with criminal records for minor offenses.

Jan
21
2016
Now With Bipartisan Support, Statewide Public Defense Bill is NY’s 2016 Priority

In a joint press conference today with State Assemblymember Patricia A. Fahy, State Senator and Deputy Majority leader John A. DeFrancisco announced his support of legislation that would reform public defense services across the state. This historic bill was first introduced by Assemblymember Fahy in 2014, after the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York State entered into a settlement agreement requiring the state to improve public defense for people too poor to hire an attorney in five counties named in the lawsuit.

Jan
20
2016
NYCLU: Assemblyman Dinowitz Commits to Introducing a Statewide Digital Privacy Bill

The New York Civil Liberties Union announced today that New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz will introduce the New York State Electronic Communication Privacy Act, a bill that will require police to get a warrant before seizing or accessing sensitive information from people’s phones, emails and text messages. The NYCLU’s announcement is one of 17 taking place simultaneously throughout the country, as a bipartisan collection of elected officials introduce digital privacy legislation in states including Illinois, Hawaii, Alabama and New Hampshire.

Jan
14
2016
Victory: Wedding Venue Cannot Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

The Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court today affirmed that it is illegal for businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The New York Civil Liberties Union victory came in the case of Melisa and Jennifer McCarthy, who were turned away by the Albany wedding venue they chose after the venue owners found out that they were a same-sex couple.

Jan
13
2016
Governor’s Progressive Agenda Deserves Support but Must Include Statewide Public Defense

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
7
2016
NYCLU Applauds Signing of Paid Family Leave Executive Order

Mayor de Blasio signed an Executive Order today providing fully paid parental leave to 20,000 public employees, placing New York City among the most generous municipal paid family leave providers in the nation. The following statement is attributable to New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman:

Jan
7
2016
Landmark Settlement Protects American Muslims From Discriminatory NYPD Surveillance

In a landmark settlement announced today, the New York City Police Department has agreed to reforms designed to protect New York Muslims and others from discriminatory and unjustified surveillance. As a further safeguard, the settlement installs a civilian representative within the NYPD to act as a check on investigations involving political or religious activity. The settlement was reached in two lawsuits, Raza v. City of New York and Handschu v. Special Services Division.

Dec
22
2015
NYCLU Warns of Serious Privacy Concerns in Proposed Electronic Health Records Regulation

The New York Civil Liberties Union yesterday submitted comments to the New York State Department of Health warning the department that its current proposed regulation for electronic health records poses significant privacy concerns for patients. The regulation fails to guarantee patients adequate control over who accesses what information in their medical records.

Dec
21
2015
NYCLU Files Claims on Behalf of Homeless, Calls for Their Humane Treatment

The New York Civil Liberties Union today will file notices of claim on behalf of three homeless New Yorkers whose belongings were destroyed by police and in conjunction will launch a campaign #TheThingsWeCarry asking for humanity in the treatment of homeless New Yorkers this holiday season.

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