Dear Friends of NYLAG,

On behalf of our entire organization, I want to send my thoughts and best wishes to all those severely impacted by Storm Sandy. As a community, we have been devastated””and as a community we are now coming together to care for our neighbors and to rebuild. I want to bring you up-to-date on how the New York Legal Assistance Group is responding to this devastating disaster.

Like so many legal service agencies located in lower Manhattan, our first priority has been to ensure the safety of our staff, and to relocate and restore our operations so that we can continue to serve our clients with the same high level of service. We have created alternative infrastructure, with our attorneys and paralegals now working in space generously donated by UJA-Federation of New York and private law firms across the city. We are proud that we will be fully operational on Monday, with a new main intake line at 212-584-3360.

At the same time, NYLAG has moved quickly to establish a new Storm Relief Effort to help the thousands of New Yorkers who now face an entirely new set of legal challenges.

Working together with city officials and FEMA, NYLAG is mobilizing to provide staff at the disaster relief centers that are being set up throughout New York, as well as at many other community-based organizations and hospitals with which we have long partnered. Our attorneys and volunteers will be onsite to provide legal advice to victims dealing with issues including FEMA claims, housing disputes, consumer matters and emergency public benefits. Those seeking immediate assistance with legal issues can call our new hotline at 212-584-3365 or email us at [email protected]

I hope that you will take a moment to visit and familiarize yourself with the services we will be providing in the days ahead. I am both humbled by the devastation wreaked by this storm, and proud that NYLAG will play a central role in ensuring that those impacted have access to the legal services they will need to begin to rebuild their lives.

Thank you as always for your interest and support.

Yisroel Schulman
President and Attorney-in-Charge