A few days ago, NYLAG returned to its downtown Manhattan offices for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you, again, to UJA-Federation of New York for donating the office space that housed NYLAG’s management team and its new Storm Response Unit, and to the 11 law firms across the City who sheltered our other legal units. Because of their generosity, we were able to mobilize and respond almost overnight to the needs of storm victims.  Our staff worked around the clock, supported by pro bono attorneys from scores of law firms, to ramp up services. As of December 31, our new Storm Response Unit had helped more than 2,500 people. We could never have responded as quickly or as effectively to Sandy without this extraordinary support from the New York City community.

While our own displacement was an inconvenience and an operational challenge, the displacement suffered by so many of our clients and neighbors was far more devastating. And while we have now returned to a functional workspace, we recognize that thousands of those in the hardest hit areas are still without homes or businesses to which they can return.  Many of them are struggling to find shelter and pay for basic necessities like food, clothing, and medicine. They will need the strength of the entire community to help them rebuild their lives. To play our part in this recovery process, NYLAG begins the New Year by launching a vastly expanded Storm Response Unit that will address the entrenched, long term legal challenges now facing victims of the storm. We are planning for the long road ahead, and I look forward to updating you on our progress.

Blog Post by Yisroel Schulman
President & Attorney-in-Charge