Time To Pay The Panhandler, NYC | New York Daily News


Time To Pay The Panhandler, NYC | New York Daily News.

The state’s anti-loitering law, passed in 1964, was ruled unconstitutional three times by state and federal courts in the 1980s and 1990s.

But the NYPD continued arresting beggars or hustlers under the statute for more than two decades. Most of those arrested lacked the resources to fight the charges.

“Thousands of New Yorkers were arrested and forced to defend themselves in court, and even serve time in jail, for completely legal behavior,” said Katherine Rosenfeld, representing the plaintiffs in the class action suit.

The settlement was approved Monday in Manhattan Federal Court, lawyers said Tuesday. Awards would range from $1000 to $10,000. The law firms will collect $3.5 million in fees.

It amazing that the judges didn’t dismiss and void arrests made under an invalid loitering law. And they want raises. They should be forced to contribute to the settlement. Now we know why the NYPD still uses typewriters (it put out a recent RFP for 1,100 typewriters).

Can you think of other good uses for $22 million in city funds? Comment as you see fit.

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A former state legislator turned NY Post editorial board member, thought-leader, public affairs consultant and commentator, columnist and blogger. Michael has appeared on Al Jazeera America Tonight, NY1/Inside City Hall, FoxNews.com LIVE, YNN/Capital Tonight, The Brian Lehrer Show, The Fred Dicker Show, The Capitol Press Room, and The Daily Show. His op-eds have appeared in the NY Post, City and State, The Legislative Gazette, Bronx Times, The Troy Record, Buffalo News, and the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. To schedule speaking engagements, email MBenjamin9@optimum.net.
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4 Responses to Time To Pay The Panhandler, NYC | New York Daily News

  1. Reblogged this on birthfatherssupportnetwork and commented:

    If you’ve been arrested for panhandling or loitering in the past 10 years, you may be eligible to file a claim.

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