A.G. Announces First Round of Foreclosure Help Grants

, New York Law Journal


The funding represents the first year of a three-year, $60 million foreclosure aid program. Half of the funding will go to groups in New York City and on Long Island, according to the attorney general, areas with the highest incidences of foreclosures.

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  • Sue Tobey

    Your article raises numerous questions regarding the absence of transparency in the gifting of taxpayer monies to legal services firms whose political agendas and lobbying efforts are sustained, in large part, by the public fisc. For example, when will the AG's office announce the "exact size of individual grants" ? And what accounting requirements are imposed upon grant recipients? How do I, as a member of the public, gain access to both the undisclosed accounting requirments and the filed accountings,of grant recipeients? Why are insiders such as The Center for New York City Neighborhoods and the Empire Justice Center appointed as monitors ? The existence of a conflict is more than apparent since these two legal services firms are engaged in the same busniess and, may, themselves, be the reciepients of these latest "grants".

    What's the legal basis for the AG's give-away to any group, let alone,selct public advocacy groups, of monies recovered by him in a law suit brought in his capacity as the attorney for all of the people of the State of New York ? I suspect there is none, just as in the case of the judiciary's use of funds in its annual budget to fund these same legal services firms!

    One more question... Why is there no reporting on any of of the apparent conflicts engendered by government "grants" to public interest law firms?

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