mike bloomberg and homeless legislation (callahan v. carey)



funny, i didn’t hear bloomberg mention the homeless “record” in his state of the city address 2day…

A little over a year ago, the Bloomberg administration attempted to impose strict eligibility requirements for homeless single adults seeking shelter. Today, homeless New Yorkers won an important legal victory when the Appellate Court released a decision declaring this attempt unlawful and in violation of the City’s proper rule-making procedure. This decision confirms an earlier decision made in New York Supreme Court.


Statement by Mary Brosnahan, President and CEO, Coalition for the Homeless:

“Rather than continue this misguided crusade to leave our neighbors in the cold, Mayor Bloomberg must focus instead on the proven and cost-effective policy of his predecessors: investing in affordable housing assistance. With a record 49,000 people sleeping tonight in shelters – including 20,000 children – Mayor Bloomberg must shift course immediately.”

to read Mary Brosnahan‘s full statement as, well as the statements by Steve Banks, Attorney-in-Chief, The Legal Aid Society and Christine C. Quinn and General Welfare Committee Chair Annabel Palma click on link : http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/blog/entry/court-victory-for-homeless-single-adults/

u think poverty and incarceration are not linked? u think people are treated as if they are innocent till found guilty? i quote from the nyt:

“A report by Human Rights Watch found that there were 19,137 nonfelony defendants arrested in the city who had bail set at $1,000 or less. The report found that 87 percent of the defendants in those cases did not post bail and went to jail to await trial. They remained for an average of 15.7 days.”
p. a22
Top Judge Says Bail Process In New York Isn’t Safe or Fair
by Russ Buettner
Wednesday february 6, 2013


sadly, many of these incarcerated individuals who cannot make bail are “encouraged” to plead guilty when their court appearance comes because they have already served the time that their crime would have entailed. so rather than stay in jail and wait for a trial date to be set, the poor plead guilty.

”You have to do enough preaching for people to care.” Second, ”You have to get something concrete” – legislation or a court order. And third, ”You have to keep at it. If they miss a deadline, you sue.”

quote from Robert Hayes, the lawyer who won Callahan v.Carey in 1981.

Robert Hayes : Anatomy of a Crusader, By SUZANNE DALEY, Published: October 02, 1987, The New York Times
click on link for full article : http://www.nytimes.com/1987/10/02/nyregion/robert-hayes-anatomy-of-a-crusader.html