Brooklyn News Review

Old court case on homeless is making Hochul move on migrants

On May 23, just three months ago, a lawyer who has worked for the City of New York’s Law Department for 39 years wrote to Deborah Kaplan, the deputy chief administrative judge for New York City Courts, asking for a very old case concerning the right to shelter be reopened and Kaplan to assign a judge to the matter. The reason was that the tens of thousands migrants streaming into New York were overwhelming the city’s ability to care for people here, as is required under the consent decree agreed to decades ago.