Low-Income Tenants' Right to Counsel Closer to Realization

NYLawJournal.pngBy Andrew Denney

Supporters are optimistic that a bill before the New York City Council to establish a right to counsel for low-income tenants in Housing Court, to which a clear majority of New York City Council members signed on as co-sponsors, may soon become law.

The bill, Int. 214-A, was proposed more than two years ago but was not brought to the full Council for a vote after some expressed concerns about costs.

..."We have just more real-world proof that this works," said City Councilman Mark Levine, a Manhattan Democrat, during a break from a nearly seven-hour hearing on the bill before the council's Committee on Courts and Legal Services at City Hall.

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