98 civ 08877 and 06 0283 cv

Background: Reynolds v. Giuliani, filed in 1998, challenged policies and practices of the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) at “Job Centers” that discouraged, deterred, and/or prevented applicants for expedited and regular Food Stamps, pre-investigation cash grants, ongoing cash public assistance, and Medicaid from applying for such assistance. The lawsuit also sought to prevent the conversion of additional Income Support Centers to “Job Centers” until the City implemented a plan of correction designed to correct these deficiencies, and it challenged New York State’s failure to adequately supervise the City.

On December 30, 2004, a judgment was entered against the City and the State, ordering City Defendant to comply with specific provisions of state and federal law and directing State Defendants to adequately supervise the City. On February 14, 2005, the Court expanded its order to cover additional services, and, on December 14, 2005, the Court entered a final judgment against both defendants.

The State appealed the District Court’s decision, and on October 31, 2007, the Second Circuit agreed with State Defendants and found that the record did not support a finding of “deliberate indifference” by the State defendants against plaintiff class and thus did not warrant a permanent injunction against State Defendants.

Current Status: The District Court retains jurisdiction over the case against the City, and compliance is being monitored through regular reports to plaintiffs’ counsel. Individuals who allege violations of the order may utilize an out-of-court relief mechanism. (See individual relief form attached below for specific information about seeking relief.)

NYLAG Co-Counsel: National Center for Law and Economic Justice, The Legal Aid Society and Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation.