Two Opposing Lawsuits May Arise Over City’s Handling of Shelters

  Last modified on September 9th, 2020

Two opposing lawsuits may arise in response to the city’s handling of the temporary hotel shelters on the Upper West Side, NY1 reports.

On behalf of the West Side Community Organization, attorney Randy Mastro has given the city 48 hours to commit to a timeline to relocate the new residents. If they don’t make this commitment, the group has threatened to sue.

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In an August 25 report by ABC 7, Mastro states that “What the city has to do legally is house this vulnerable population in proper shelters, where they will get support and supervision and social services they will need.”

The ABC 7 report quotes the DHS as stating that “New Yorkers experiencing homelessness are our neighbors – and the notion that they are not welcome in some neighborhoods for any reason is an affront to basic decency.”

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The Legal Aid Society “is threatening just the opposite,” NY1 states. “It will sue on behalf of the Coalition for the Homeless if the city moves people out of the hotels.”

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