Legislative Affairs


What's New

  • September 29, 2015 -- City Bar President Debra Raskin testifies at Chief Judge’s Hearing on Civil Legal Services.

  • September 28, 2015 -- City Bar issues report and announces Task Force on Mass Incarceration.

  • September 21, 2015 -- Governor Cuomo announced he had accepted a series of recommendations from his Council on Community Re-entry and Reintegration aimed at increasing the ability of individuals with criminal convictions to contribute positively to their families and communities.  The Corrections and Community Reentry Committee wrote to the Council last year with a series of issues supported by the Committee over the years that could alleviate barriers to successful reentry.  The recommendations ultimately put forth by the Council included a number of solutions supported by the City Bar, including adopting “fair chance hiring” for State agencies, amending licensing and employment regulations that have been barriers for people with criminal convictions and increasing the number of individuals leaving prison who are enrolled in health care coverage.  

  • June 30, 2015 -- Mayor de Blasio signed the Fair Chance Act, which will prohibit discrimination based on a person’s arrest record or criminal conviction.  This bill was supported by the City Bar's Civil Rights and Corrections and Community Reentry Committees.

  • June 17, 2015 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to create an Office of Civil Justice, which will help coordinate and address the civil legal services needs of low-income New Yorkers. Read the City Bar's testimony in support of the measure here.

  • May 26, 2015 -- Check out the Spring 44th Street Notes Newsletter! Includes a recap of this year's NYS Budget, the City Bar's comments and what was / wasn't included in the final agreement.  Read more here

  • May 6, 2015 -- Mayor de Blasio signed legislation to prohibit employers from using credit checks to screen applicants.  Read the Civil Rights Committee memo in support of the legislation here.

  • March 20, 2015 -- Press Release: Raising the Age of Criminal Responsibility in New York State

  • March 19, 2015 -- Disclosure of Outside Income – Statement by President Debra L. Raskin

  • March 16, 2015 -- Criminal Justice Reforms by Debra L. Raskin - City Bar President discusses the City Bar's comments on two criminal justice proposals in the Governor's Executive Budget, raising the age of criminal responsibility and the Criminal Justice Reform Act.