News

Section 504 Plan available for students

As students begin the new school year, some may qualify for additional help. Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act protects children with disabilities. Programs which receive federal funds must not discriminate against such children. They must not deny such … Read More …

Even if a renter is covered by eviction bans, they still face retaliation and debt

If you’re worried about getting evicted during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Despite a patchwork of state and federal moratoria, many renters are still facing the threat of losing their home.   For that reason, “moratorium” is a misnomer, according … Read More …

Tenant advocates say further action needed to protect renters during COVID-19 pandemic

Some tenant advocates say Governor Andrew Cuomo’s latest executive order extending the residential eviction moratorium until January 1, 2021 doesn’t go far enough.   In March, Governor Cuomo put out his first residential eviction moratorium executive order. In June, he signed the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, … Read More …

Chief Judge DiFiore Holds Hearing to Discuss COVID-19 Impact on the Civil Justice Crisis

On Monday, Sept. 21, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore held her annual statewide public hearing evaluating civil legal services in New York City. This year, she focused on the civil justice crisis that has become prevalent due to COVID-19.   Judge … Read More …

State Owes $15M in IOLA Funds To Support Legal Services

The New York State Bar Association recognizes that the coronavirus pandemic has caused significant financial shortfalls at all levels of government. But, we nevertheless are deeply concerned about the state’s inordinate delays in paying over $15 million owed under its … Read More …

Coronavirus Surge in Legal Cases

Just as COVID-19 disproportionately impacts the health of the poor and minorities, so too it is giving rise to an unprecedented demand for legal services by those who cannot afford to pay for an attorney. These individuals require legal assistance … Read More …

For the 4th consecutive year, Michael J. Telfer, Esq. has been selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars

For the 4th consecutive year, Michael J. Telfer, Esq. has been selected for inclusion in Upstate New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and … Read More …

Cuomo Extends Eviction Moratorium Until September Due to Ongoing Pandemic

Tenants who lost their income due to the pandemic will have slight relief after Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended the eviction moratorium for another 30 days.   Cuomo’s executive order extends the moratorium until Sept. 4, which gives the courts time … Read More …

Tenant advocates: New York eviction crisis moves closer

The end of a statewide moratorium on evictions will move thousands of local renters closer to homelessness, housing and legal advocates say.   The Tenant Safe Harbor Act, signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 30, prohibits courts … Read More …

St. Clare’s pensioners’ suit against corporation, diocese goes forward

A judge on Wednesday allowed St. Clare’s Hospital pensioners to continue their legal efforts to regain their lost pension benefits.   The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York said state Supreme Court Judge Vincent Versaci denied motions by the … Read More …