Assemblymember Eddie Gibbs Joins Calls for OCA to Slow Calendaring of Housing Court Cases

East Harlem, NY – An increasing number of housing cases filed since the eviction moratorium was lifted has overwhelmed legal groups, leaving hundreds of low-income New Yorkers facing eviction without legal representation. Assemblymember Eddie Gibbs issued the following statement:

“I join The Legal Aid Society and dozens of other groups in demanding that the New York State Office of Court Administration slow the calendaring of housing court cases. This will ensure that every low-income tenant has access to legal representation, which is vital to helping keep them in their homes. When New York City implemented the highly successful Right to Counsel law, it was done so with the notion that housing is a human right. Now, the OCA is not only blatantly disregarding Right to Counsel, but also that principle.”