By David Klepper Associated Press New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the stateRead more
Council Member Rory Lancman faced off against Queens Assistant District Attorney James Quinn in a heated debate about the future of Rikers Island at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills Wednesday night.
Of the many accusations, complicated budget scenarios and impassioned declarations volleyed back and forth between the two men and audience members, one exchange seemed to crystallize the fundamental difference of opinion on the future of the massive jail complex — and on broader criminal justice reform.
During his opening statement, Quinn, speaking for Queens Defense Attorney Richard Brown and the D.A.’s office, critiqued efforts to close Rikers as a “movement.”
“A movement doesn’t look at details,” Quinn said, before outlining budget underestimations and hammering what he considered impracticalities, like where the city would house inmates during the development of four proposed “borough-based” jails.
An hour later, Lancman addressed the specific statement in his closing remarks.
“The effort to close Rikers Island is a movement,” Lancman said. “It’s part of a larger movement to reform a criminal justice system that is dysfunctional, broken and overwhelmingly falls on the backs of poor people.”Read more
Fellow State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over the calendar of Justice Gregory Lasak starting today, Administrative Judge Joseph Zayas told the Eagle Wednesday.
Zayas said that Aloise will be able to take over Lasak’s calendar with little interruption.
“He’s familiar with the cases,” Zayas said. “Every time a judge resigns, if that judge is in the middle of a hearing, there is some inherent delay [but] it won’t be anything significant.”
Unified Court System spokesperson Lucian Chalfen also confirmed that Aloise will take over the calendar in an email.Read more
Workers’ rights advocates and labor unions joined Council Member Francisco Moya at City Hall Tuesday to demand an end to the “tip credit” system, which enables employers in various industries to pay less than minimum wage.
“The livelihoods of restaurant servers, car wash workers, nail salon employees or any tipped worker should not be dependent on tolerating sexual harassment and discrimination but our two-tiered minimum wage system incentivizes silently suffering these indignities,” Moya said. “It’s time for New York to join the seven other states that have eliminated the tipped credit and provide tipped workers with the stability that comes from being guaranteed a living wage.”
A tip credit is the amount of tips earned by an employee that the law allows his or her employer to count as a credit against the minimum wage requirements for that industry, according to the New York State Department of Labor.Read more
By David Brand Raul Granados-Rendon, a leader of the Granados family sex trafficking ring based in Mexico, pleaded guilty toRead more
A July naturalization clinic at LaGuardia College served 65 immigrant New Yorkers and helped clients save $21,580 in filing fees, say New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. It was just the beginning of a long process for clients and a lasting commitment for the attorneys who assisted them.Read more
By Evan Rosen After spending four days in the hospital, 11-year-old Richard Granville could finally go home. Granville was ridingRead more
By David Brand Prosecutors say he swindled a client out of $250,000, but his investment strategy just didn’t make cents.Read more
By Dylan Campbell The NYPD suspended a Queens police officer after body cam footage revealed that he beat a handcuffedRead more
By Jonathan Sperling The ringleader of a phony real estate scheme operating out of Hollis will soon have a newRead more