Citywide Association of Law Assistants of the Civil, Criminal and Family Courts in the City of New York

Ad Seeks New Chief Judge for NY After Janet DiFiore Resigns

July 29, 2022 - 
The Empire State is searching for its next top judicial officer with a want-ad seeking lawyerly New Yorkers — especially those with no outstanding ethics problems. A state panel charged with choosing the replacement for outgoing Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who announced her resignation weeks ago, has post a help-wanted ad with an Aug. 29 application deadline. Read More >>

Health Insurers Kill Medicare Plan Change City-Job Retirees Railed Against

July 19, 2022 - 
New York City’s years-long effort to shift retired city workers to a cost-cutting health care plan was dealt a major blow Monday when the insurer in charge of running the plan announced that it is withdrawing from the deal.

The plan — which the city and municipal unions hoped would save $600 million a year in health care costs — would have been run by the Retiree Health Alliance, a partnership between health insurance companies Elevance Health, previously known as Anthem, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield. Read more >>

988: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline launches new 3-digit number

July 16, 2022 - 
On Saturday, Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that operates the lifeline on behalf of the US Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), launched the 988 dialing code available to everyone across the United States. Read more >>

Pressure Mounts on City to Come Clean with 9/11 WTC Files

July 12, 2022 - 
A 2003 EPA Inspector General report held the EPA accountable for mischaracterizing the air quality in lower Manhattan as "safe to breathe." A growing coalition of unions and survivors say it's time for the City of New York to come clean with what then Mayor Rudy Giuliani knew and when he knew it about the toxic air that has killed thousands and sickened tens of thousands. Read more >>

Chief Judge Resigns at Crucial Time for New York’s Top Court

July 11, 2022 - 
Janet DiFiore, the chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, says she will step down at the end of August, even as lawmakers in Albany consider stronger laws on guns and abortion, measures at the heart of a national debate whose legality could be determined by the state judiciary. Read more >>

AOC Wants 2 SCOTUS Justices Impeached for "Lying Under Oath" About Stance on Abortion

June 27, 2022 - 
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is calling for a House investigation into whether two Supreme Court justices, Neil Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh, who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade should be impeached for lying at their confirmation hearings about their views of the landmark abortion-rights case. Read more >>

Judge Rules NYC Municipal Voting Law for Noncitizens Violates State Constitution

June 27, 2022 - 
New York City’s law extending voting rights in municipal elections to noncitizens who are legally allowed to live, work and go to school in the five boroughs violates the New York State Constitution, according to a ruling issued by Justice Ralph Porzio in Richmond County State Supreme Court on Monday. Read more >>

SCOTUS Overturns Roe v. Wade Ends Women's Rights to Abortion

June 24, 2022 - 
In a historic and far-reaching decision, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion that's been upheld for 50 years no longer exists. Read more >>

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY’s Concealed-Carry Law

June 23, 2022 - 
The Supreme Court of the United States struck down a New York handgun-licensing law on June 23, 2022, that required New Yorkers who want to carry a handgun in public to show a special need to defend themselves. The 6-3 ruling is the court’s first significant decision on gun rights in more than a decade. In a far-reaching ruling, the court made clear that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right “to keep and bear arms” protects a broad right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense. Read more >>

Have I Been Redistricted? Search Your Redrawn Political Districts in NY

May 24, 2022 - 
Congressional and state seats have changed. Before this summer’s primary elections, find out how your old districts stack up with your new ones. Read more & enter your address to see if you've been redistricted >>

Special Master Releases New Draft New York Congressional Maps

May 16, 2022 - 
The court-appointed special master tasked with drawing New York's new congressional and state Senate maps released a preliminary draft of the new congressional boundaries Monday the state will have for the next decade.

Carnegie Mellon University Fellow Jonathan Cervas as special master drew lines for the state's 26 House seats, with 15 leaning Democratic, three leaning Republican and eight falling in the 45-55% competitive range. Read more >>

NYS Lawmakers Push for Expanded Abortion Protections

May 9, 2022 - 
State Attorney General Letitia James and lawmakers announced new legislation aimed to help not only New Yorkers seeking abortions, but also those from other states where the procedure is poised to get banned if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Read more >>

Draft Opinion Shows Supreme Court Has Voted to Overturn Abortion Rights

May 3, 2022 - 
The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court. Read more >>

Kathy Hochul Picks Rep. Antonio Delgado to Run as Her Lieutenant Governor

May 3, 2022 - 
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced she will appoint Rep. Antonio Delgado to fill out the rest of Brian Benjamin's term as lieutenant governor. That will leave his upstate swing seat open at a time Democrats are desperate to hold onto the House, and with district lines in limbo in the state. Delgado will also be tapped to replace Benjamin on the primary ballot as he runs to win a full term as the state’s number two. Read more >>

Courts Toss State's New District Maps

April 27, 2022, 
New York’s 2022 primaries are about to get very messy.
The long redistricting saga in New York will only continue, as the Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that deemed newly drawn state Senate and congressional maps unconstitutional. 

Municipal Labor Committee to City:

Double Standard Isn't Fair. Bring Back Workers

The Municipal Labor Committee on March 28 sent a letter to First Deputy Mayor Lorraine Grillo and OLR Commissioner Renee Campion letting them know that NYC's labor unions will not sit by idly and watch as the Mayor imposes a set of double standards for those who are not COVID vaccinated.

As you have recently seen, many Unions, along with many residents, are greatly troubled by what appears to be a stark double standard between athletes/performers, on the one hand, and public employees, on the other, regarding continuation of the vaccine mandates. While a number of Unions had challenged the vaccine mandates as intrusive and unneeded in light of testing options, it was one thing to abide when the mandate was applied uniformly but it is another to treat public employees in a less favorable, discriminatory manner. This is all the more disturbing when one considers that these workers, without fanfare or glory, came to their jobs each day facing the perils of COVID-19 in person during the worst of the pandemic to provide services to the residents of this great City. That the Nets or Mets might be at some disadvantage in having roster limitations hardly seems to have greater public import than in the loss of livelihood to hard-working New Yorkers who are the backbone of this City. Moreover, while the City has an understandable interest in the public health, the City has in recent weeks moved towards a return to normalcy, jettisoning much of the vaccine limitations in the private sector. In light of these developments, we ask, on behalf of the NYC Municipal Labor Committee, that the City meet with us to address issues regarding the groups of public employees who were summarily terminated or who went on unpaid leave for being unvaccinated and have a right to return. Fairness requires that this move towards normalcy also apply to the people who have served the City. Just as the City reached out to the MLC and the Unions for their cooperation and support in keeping the City going and fighting back the pandemic, we now look to you, as restrictions are being rolled back, to work with us to ease the burden on public employees. We ask to meet across the table and discuss pathways for all affected employees to return to work and continue to serve the City and its residents.

Tell State Legislators to Act on the Worker Shortage

Public employees are leaving their jobs. At a time when costs are rising at unbelievable rates, it’s no surprise that these workers are moving on to higher-paying jobs in order to get by. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need them now more than ever. Our state and local governments cannot compete in this job market. Unless we make these jobs more attractive, we will continue to struggle to recruit and retain workers in our communities, and important public services will become less reliable. Contact your state legislators today >> and let them know they need to improve benefits for public employees by reforming Tier 6. Tell them that they need to do this NOW to keep our communities functioning.

Parking Placards

All parking placards were mailed out as soon as they were ready in May, and all subsequent requests for placards have been fulfilled. If you submitted a request for a placard and did not receive it yet, please let your building Rep. know or email If you did not request a placard, it is not too late, there are still plenty left.

Supplemental Welfare Fund Checks

All Supplemental Welfare Fund checks should have been received by now. If any member did not receive his or her check yet, please contact Administrative Services Only at 800.537.1238.

NYS Deferred Compensation Plan Webinar

On Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, Arlene Werner of the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan, presented a webinar for new employees and those not already enrolled, providing general information about the deferred comp plan, including instructions on how to enroll. Due to a technical glitch, she was unable to show her PowerPoint, Enrollment 101 for the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan but you can now download it from our site. Part 2 of that presentation, Countdown to Retirement, is also available. Both of these are also helpful for anyone who was unable to attend the webinar.

Arlene welcomes your questions by email to or phone 614.854.4547.

2019-2021 Contract Extender Approved

The 2019-2021 Contract Extender was approved by a vote of 183 for ratification, 5 against.
IMPORTANT REMINDER – all Court Attorneys who were part of the Association at the time of the 2016-2019 contract ratification on May 27, 2017, are eligible for a $400 Supplemental Welfare Fund Benefit. Forms were mailed to eligible Court Attorneys last year. If you need a new form or have a question, contact Frank Ghezzi at 516.265.6471, or ASAP. Forms must be received by ASO on or before June 1 in order to receive reimbursement!

Sick Leave Bank Pilot Program

Eligible employees who have exhausted their own paid leave time may be eligible to receive Sick Leave Bank credits to cover absences while caring for a qualifying family member with a serious health condition. For definitions, eligibility requirements, and procedures, please click here.

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