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City Bar Describes Troubling Court Conditions in Supporting Judiciary’s Budget Request for 2016-2017

In a report urging New York’s Legislature to accept the Judiciary’s request of a 2.4% increase to its 2016-2017 Budget, the New York City Bar Association paints a troubling picture of courts already operating in austere conditions around the five boroughs.
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City Bar Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Ethics and Campaign Financing Proposal in Budget and Seeks Certain “30-Day Amendments”

In a letter to New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Government Ethics applauds his initiative to submit a comprehensive ethics and campaign financing legislative package as part of his Executive Budget (the “Proposal”), while requesting certain amendments and supplements to the Proposal within the 30 day amendment and supplementation period provided for in Article VII, section 3, of the Constitution.
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City Bar Voices “Grave Concern” Over DHS Home Raids and Arrests of Mothers and Children Seeking Protection in U.S.

New York City Bar Association President Debra L. Raskin has released a statement expressing “grave concern” over recent home raids by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), targeting for arrest mothers and children who have come to the United States from Central America since last summer. These raids have already led to the arrest of over 120 mothers and children, including children as young as four.
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In Northern Ireland, City Bar Sees Significant Advances in Human Rights and Justice While Challenges Remain

In a report titled “In Northern Ireland, the Past Is Still Present,” the New York City Bar Association praises the many encouraging developments that have taken place in recent years in Northern Ireland, but warns that significant challenges and substantial work remain to ensure that the abuses of human rights and injustices of the past do not destabilize the peace that has already been secured.
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City Bar Recommends City Planning Commission Consider Postponing Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Amendment and Rezonings Pending Clarity on 421-a Tax Issues

In a letter to the Chairman of the New York City Planning Commission, the New York City Bar Association, while expressing its support for the concept of Mandatory Inclusionary Housing as a method for creating permanently affordable housing, raises concerns that certain aspects of an amendment pending before the Commission “are or may become problematic, particularly in light of the recent expiration of the 421-a property tax exemption (‘421-a’).”
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July in Christmas: The City Bar Responds to Climate Change

Following a disconcertingly warm December in which the temperature hit 72 degrees on Christmas Eve, and a summer called the hottest on record by multiple authorities, including NASA, it behooves us to reflect on what can be done, and what we can do as an Association, to address the effects of climate change.
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