NEW YORK OFFICIALS TO ANNOUNCE “NEIGHBORHOOD POP-UP COURT” INITIATIVE IN QUEENS

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OATH travels to neighborhoods across the five boroughs to conduct hearings directly in the community at Community Boards, libraries, offices of elected officials and other civic organizations in an effort to increase response rates to City-issued summonses by making it more convenient for people to access justice at the City’s administrative law court.
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Today Assemplyman David Weprin, at microphone above, along with OATH leaders will announce the upcoming Neighborhood Pop-up Court in Queens.

On Monday, September 16, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. New York State Assembly Member David Weprin and Council Member Barry S. Grodenchik will be joined by OATH senior leaders at Hollis Library at 202-05 Hillside Avenue, Hollis, NY 11423 to announce that the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) – the City’s independent administrative law court where all City agencies file their summonses for hearings – will hold a Neighborhood Pop-Up Court at the Hollis Library branch of the Queens Public Library.

Neighborhood Pop-Up Courts is an OATH initiative that makes it possible for people to have their hearings with an OATH Hearing Officer without them having to leave the neighborhood where they live or operate their business.

OATH Deputy Commissioner Marisa Senigo and OATH Deputy Commissioner John Castelli will join Assemblyman Weprin and Councilman Grodenchik at the Hollis Library for the announcement of the upcoming Neighborhood Pop-up Court for summonses and to explain which types of summonses are eligible to be heard at the Pop-up Court.

The Monday announcement will serve to inform Queens residents who have recently been issued Sanitation, NYPD, Health Department, or Parks Department summonses that if they have an upcoming hearing date listed on the summons that they can stop by the Pop-Up Court the following Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to fight the summons rather than travel to the OATH Hearings Division office in Long Island City.

OATH is the independent administrative law court where nearly all City enforcement agencies file their summonses for hearings. The agencies that file summonses at OATH for hearings includes the Departments of Sanitation, Buildings, Health, Parks, Environmental Protection, Consumer Affairs, FDNY and NYPD, among many others. Last year, OATH received approximately 850,000 summonses from the City’s various enforcement agencies. On average, 47% of summonses that were fought at OATH hearings were dismissed by OATH Hearing Officers.

Through this initiative, OATH travels to neighborhoods across the five boroughs to conduct hearings directly in the community at Community Boards, libraries, offices of elected officials and other civic organizations in an effort to increase response rates to City-issued summonses by making it more convenient for people to access justice at the City’s administrative law court.

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