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Oct
7
2016
Holding Presidential Debate on Private Property Undermined Free Expression: NYCLU

Holding a major public event, like a presidential debate, on private property far removed from the public can raise free speech problems, the New York Civil Liberties Union’s Nassau County Chapter reports after it dispatched legal observers to Hofstra University for the first debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. Given the intense public interest in this election and in the debates themselves, the NYCLU is disappointed that the Commission on Presidential Debates didn’t make more of an effort to accommodate protest activity within a reasonable distance from the site of the debate.

Aug
19
2016
Overbroad Campaign Finance Bill Threatens Free Speech

The New York Civil Liberties Union sent a letter this week to Governor Cuomo raising serious concerns about a bill that could chill constitutionally protected speech and discourage people from contributing to nonprofit organizations that fight for causes they care about. The governor could sign this bill into law within a matter of days.

Jun
9
2016
NYCLU Applauds Campaign Finance Reform Opinion Issued by Governor’s Office

Governor Cuomo’s counsel, Alphonso David, issued an opinion letter yesterday outlining important steps that would lead to critical campaign finance reforms. The following statement can be attributed to Arthur Eisenberg, legal director at the New York Civil Liberties Union:

Apr
29
2016
NYCLU Posts Notice of Raza and Handschu Settlements

UPDATE: U.S. District Judge Charles S. Haight, Jr. has extended the comment period on the proposed Settlement Agreement amending the Modified Handschu Guidelines to 11:59 P.M. on May 26, 2016. He has also added a final in-court hearing date on June 1, 2016. All class members who wish to comment in support or opposition to the proposed Settlement may register to present comments in person on June 1, or may submit written comments without appearing, but must do so by 11:59 P.M. on May 26, 2016.

Mar
2
2016
No Tax Credits for Donors to Private and Religious Schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union is joining a coalition of government watchdog groups, religious associations and education advocates today in Albany to present a legislative briefing on the proposed Parental Choice in Education Act, an education tax credit that would effectively transfer public tax dollars to private and religious schools. The act, which was rejected last year, is geared toward wealthy donors, and allows as much as $1 million in tax credits for donations made to a private or public school.

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.

Oct
16
2015
NYCLU Posts Notice of Hart Island Settlement to Families

The New York Civil Liberties Union has posted notice of a proposed settlement in its class action lawsuit seeking to provide gravesite visits to family members of those buried on Hart Island, New York City's potter's field. For more information on the settlement, please see the notice.

Sep
15
2015
Court Rules Man was Unlawfully Arrested for Using Profanities while Protesting a Speeding Ticket

The New York Civil Liberties Union today announced a legal victory on behalf of a man who was handcuffed and arrested in Liberty, New York for protesting a speeding ticket by writing “fuck your shitty town bitches” on his ticket payment form. Last Thursday, the federal court in White Plains ruled that a prosecutor’s order to arrest the man violated the First Amendment. It also ruled that the Village of Liberty must stand trial on claims that it had failed to adequately train its police officers about the First Amendment.

Jul
29
2015
NYCLU Will Appeal Garner Grand Jury Transcript Decision

In response to the Appellate Division, Second Department’s decision to keep secret records from the Grand Jury which failed to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement.

Jul
8
2015
Victory Allows Families to Visit Hart Island Graves

Starting later this month, family members will be able to visit the graves of loved ones buried in New York City’s potter’s field, Hart Island, thanks to a settlement reached today between the New York Civil Liberties Union and New York City. The agreement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit filed by the NYCLU in December 2014 challenging a city policy barring people from visiting the gravesites of family members buried on the island – the final resting place for 1 million people and the largest mass grave in the United States.

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