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Jul
23
2014
NYCLU, Civil Rights Orgs, Labor Unions Urge Cuomo to Veto Bill Immunizing Police Officers from Discipline

The New York Civil Liberties Union and a coalition of civil rights organizations and labor unions today sent a letter to Governor Cuomo urging him to veto legislation that would all but eliminate the ability of local government officials across New York State to discipline police officers engaged in misconduct. The letter comes just days after a Staten Island man died after an NYPD officer put him in an illegal chokehold.

Jun
18
2014
NYCLU Applauds Decision Upholding NYC's Racial Profiling Ban

A State Court tonight ruled that New York City's ban on racial profiling is constitutional, a decision applauded by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Mar
5
2014
NYCLU Applauds de Blasio Administration for Dropping its Challenge to Anti-Racial Profiling Law

New York City today announced it is dropping its challenge to a new racial profiling ban that will help restore community trust in the police and make city streets safer for all New Yorkers, a move celebrated by the leadership of the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Feb
26
2014
NYCLU Applauds Expansion of NYC Paid Sick Leave Law

The New York City Council this afternoon voted 46-to-5 to expand the Earned Sick Time Act, giving a total of 1.2 million New York City workers the ability to care for their health and the health of their families without having to sacrifice their pay. Under the new law, all businesses with at least five employees must provide workers with five paid sick days a year. The bill also contains measures to include manufacturing workers previously excluded under the prior version of the act, and expands the categories of family members whom employees are allowed to take time off to care for.

Feb
25
2014
NYCLU to Submit Testimony at Senate Judiciary Hearing on Solitary Confinement

At a Senate hearing today, the New York Civil Liberties Union will submit testimony regarding the human rights, fiscal, and public safety consequences of solitary confinement.

Feb
19
2014
NYCLU Lawsuit Secures Historic Reforms to Solitary Confinement

The New York Civil Liberties Union and the New York State Department of Community Corrections (DOCCS) today announced an unprecedented agreement to reform the way solitary confinement is used in New York State’s prisons, with the state taking immediate steps to remove youth, pregnant inmates and developmentally disabled and intellectually challenged prisoners from extreme isolation. With the agreement, New York State becomes the largest prison system in the United States to prohibit the use of solitary confinement as a disciplinary measure against prisoners who are younger than 18.

Jan
30
2014
NYCLU Applauds New York City’s Commitment to Start Stop-and-Frisk Reform Process and Drop Appeal

The New York Civil Liberties Union today applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement that New York City will drop its appeal in two class-action lawsuits challenging the NYPD’s unconstitutional and discriminatory stop-and-frisk regime. The City also committed to reforming the Police Department as well as a historic community engagement process involving New Yorkers who have been subject to a decade of racial profiling.

Jan
8
2014
Gov’s State of the State an Outline for a Better New York, But More to Do

In response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address, the New York Civil Liberties Union released the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman: “The governor’s priorities for the coming session include some important steps that will bring us closer to a more just and fair New York.

Dec
17
2013
New York to Weigh Constitutional Obligations to Indigent Defendants: Class-Action Lawsuit to Proceed to Trial

A State Supreme Court in Albany has ruled that a class-action lawsuit challenging New York State’s failure to provide effective counsel to poor New Yorkers accused of crimes will proceed to trial. The trial, expected to start this spring, will be the first of its kind in the nation. The lawsuit was filed by the New York Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. Testimony so far presented in the case shows that “on a consistent basis, indigent criminal defendants are being arraigned without being afforded their right to counsel," wrote Justice Eugene Devine.

Dec
5
2013
NYCLU Looks Forward to Working with New NYPD Commissioner

In response to the expected announcement that William J. Bratton will be named the next commissioner of the NYPD, the New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement, attributable to NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman. “We look forward to working with the new mayor and police commissioner to ensure that fundamental changes are made to the NYPD, including a top-to-bottom culture shift that ends racial profiling and the abuse of stop-and-frisk.

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