New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses, according to law enforcement source. // AP File Photo by Hans Pennink

Underwood Subpoenas Every NY Catholic Diocese in Sex Abuse Probe

By David Klepper Associated Press New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state

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Council Member Rory Lancman debated Assistant District Attorney James Quinn on the future of Rikers Island Wednesday. // Eagle photo by David Brand 

Debate Highlights Contrasting Views On Rikers’ Future — And On Justice Reform

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.”

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State Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise will take over Lasak’s calendar. // Photo courtesy of nycourts.gov

Judge Aloise Will Take Over ‘Mr. Murder’s’ Court Calendar

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.

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Assembly Member Ari Espinal (left), Council Member Francisco Moya (center) and car wash worker Ernesto Salazar called on the Department of Labor to end the tip credit. // Photo courtesy of Francisco Moya

Moya, Workers’ Rights Advocates Demand End to Tip Credit

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.

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Volunteer attorneys from the law firms of Arnold & Porter, Cleary Gottlieb, Fried Frank and Simpson Thacher, as well as volunteers from Goldman Sachs, assists immigrants with naturalization forms. // Photo Courtesy of NYLPI

LaGuardia Naturalization Clinic Served 65 Immigrant Clients

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.

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Herzel Meiri ran a real estate scheme that targeted low-income black and Latino homeowners out of an office on Hillside Ave. in Hollis. // Google Maps

Hollis Scammer Busted For Stealing Distressed Homes

By Jonathan Sperling The ringleader of a phony real estate scheme operating out of Hollis will soon have a new

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