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BP Diaz To Mayor: “‘Right To Counsel’ Must Come Faster”

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Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has written a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio urging the administration to speed up the full implementation of Intro 214-B, a.k.a. “Right to Counsel,” which secured legal representation for low-income tenants in New York City’s housing courts among other benefits.

In particular, Borough President Diaz is urging the de Blasio administration to hasten the rollout by a full two years ahead of the current July 2022 deadline imposed by the legislation, given the ongoing eviction crisis facing low-income tenants in the five boroughs.

“Our City's tenants simply cannot wait. We must work harder to keep them in their homes and neighborhoods, rather than deal with a crisis when they are evicted and forced into the shelter system,” said Borough President Diaz in the letter.

The full letter can be read here.


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