Quinn announces free legal services for immigrants

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Starting October 1, 30 locations throughout the five boroughs will offer free legal services for immigrants.

“Thousands of immigrants who contribute to our economy, our culture, our city are often unable to pursue full citizenship because of prohibitive legal costs,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who announced the services  Monday.

Quinn, who was joined by Council Committee on Immigration Chair Daniel Dromm and Committee on Finance Chair Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., said that the confidential, quality counseling will help those applying for green cards, deferred action and U.S. citizenship, and with other legal services.

The City Council secured $600,000 in funding for the program and has partnered with CUNY Citizenship Now!, which already provides free legal services for immigrants at six full-time centers and one part-time.

The program that launches next month will offer weekly or monthly access to lawyers at Council district offices over the next year.

“By placing attorneys in Council district offices where the need for reliable legal services are most needed, Citizenship Now! will have a tremendous impact on our immigrant communities.  These services are desperately needed and CUNY Citizenship Now! is extremely well equipped to provide them,” said Dromm.

Seven offices in Queens will have weekly free services, including Dromm’s  Jackson Heights office, and two will have them monthly.

Queens Council district offices with weekly services:

James F. Gennaro
185-10 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, 718-217-4969

Daniel Dromm
37-32 75th Street, Jackson Heights, 718-803-6373

Ruben Wills
95-26 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, 718-206-2068

Julissa Ferreras
32-33A Junction Boulevard, East Elmhurst, 718-651-1917

Leroy Comrie
113-43 Farmers Boulevard, Albans, 718-776-3700

Eric Ulrich
93-06 101st Avenue, Ozone Park, 718-738-1083

Peter Koo
135-27 38 Avenue, Suite 388, Flushing, 718-888-8747

Queens Council district offices with monthly services:

Daniel J. Halloran
166-08 24th Road, Whitestone, 718-631-6703

Karen Koslowitz
118-35 Queens Boulevard, 17th Floor, Forest Hills, 718-544-8800


For a full list of locations, visit www.council.nyc.gov/immigration.


  • http://www.facebook.com/arthur.caputo.3 Arthur Caputo

    That’s the problem with this country, a disrespect for it’s own citizens who have been born and spent their whole lives here. You can get off the boat or sneak through a hole in the fence into the country and get more services, services that our taxes paid for,and they are illegal or legal ,what’s the difference nowadays.and get on Social Security, or get housing or healthcare, now, legal services ,for free. and immediately while the rest of us have to wait years to get the same benefits.They can break our laws and be given a driver’s license too.Trying to prove to them that America is the land of milk and honey while we the LEGAL taxpaying citizens are treated like dirt. A disgrace and an outrage.

  • vincent smith

    Free ? Are these lawyers doing this free of charge ?A bunch of vutures when they see taxpayer money.