Pace Law students testify before the Westchester County Board of Legislators

December 10, 2018
Neighborhood Justice Clinic

On November 19, three students in the Neighborhood Justice Clinic—Cassidy Fitzgerald (2L), Milad Momeni (2L), and Swatanter Polce (3L)—testified before the Westchester County Board of Legislators in support of a bill that would amend County law to deny business licenses to home-improvement contractors with a history of wage theft. The students appeared on behalf of the Clinic’s client, the Alianza Laboral de Westchester (Westchester Labor Alliance), a coalition of five grassroots organizations serving low-wage, immigrant workers. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board passed the bill by a 17-0 vote, and the bill was signed into law by County Executive George Latimer on November 29. Since 2014, students in the Clinic have been advising the Alianza on its multi-year campaign to promote legislative and policy reforms that protect workers from wage theft and other forms of workplace exploitation. Former Clinic students who contributed to this effort include Leigh Ellis (’16), Matthew Trauner (’15), Sohad Jamal (’15), Albert Vetere (’16), Ancy Thomas (’16), Benjamin Campos (’17), Ameera Bing (’19), Joshua Gribetz (’19), and Krystal Paulino (’19). The bill was
covered by the Journal News and FiOS1, and the Board of Legislators issued a press release and posted video of the public hearing and vote and the bill signing ceremony.
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