In 2021, Assembly Member Latoya Joyner and Senator Rachel May introduced statewide Right to Counsel legislation alongside the RTCNYC Coalition and members of our Housing Courts Must Change! campaign. This important legislation would guarantee tenants across New York State the right to a lawyer when facing an eviction – ALL tenants, ALL cases, in every part of New York. Call New York State leadership, and your Assembly Member and Senator TODAY and urge them to support the passage and full funding of Statewide Right to Counsel in the FY 2024 budget!
How can I contact NYS leadership and my state legislators?
Step 1: Go to bit.ly/CallYourNYSLegislator on your phone, laptop, or other device.
Step 2: Enter your name, address, zip code, and phone number.
Step 3: Click "Call Officials", review the call script (included below), and follow the steps on the page.
Step 4: Help spread the word! Invite 5 people you know to contact their state legislators too. Send them this text message!
Hi, my name is [Name] and I am a New York State resident.
I am calling to urge your office to support the passage and full funding of Statewide Right to Counsel legislation in the fiscal year 2024 budget. A7570 / S6678 would guarantee ALL tenants across New York State the Right to Counsel when facing an eviction. Right to Counsel is proven to stop evictions and will keep New Yorkers in their homes. Here in New York, nearly all landlords across the state have lawyers, while the vast majority of tenants do not, which creates an imbalance of power in the courts that largely favors landlords. New York tenants need Right to Counsel, so they can fight evictions and remain safe and securely housed!
[Explain why this bill is important to you personally].
Will your office support the passage and full funding of Statewide Right to Counsel legislation in the fiscal year 2024 budget?
Statewide Right to Counsel would guarantee ALL tenants across New York State the right to a lawyer when facing an eviction. For more materials and resources, go to www.righttocounselnyc.org/statewidertc.