Message from Ross Sandler & the Center for New York City Law

Ross Sandler

Ross Sandler, Center for New York City Law Director

The election of Donald Trump deeply impacted students at New York Law School. The School sponsored public meetings at which several students described their personal and family fears about the new administration.  Other students were far more hopeful, but they carefully respected the views of their fellow students. The students as a whole are newly energized. A new political generation is emerging.

These changes in the electoral environment have occurred just as the City of New York begins its municipal election cycle with the mayoral election set for November 7, 2017. The Center for New York City Law will play its special role during the year as an open forum and transparent window into the workings of municipal government. In anticipation of the election, during fall of 2016 the Center for New York City Law sponsored programs on the City’s readiness to address the Zika virus threat, reforms at Rikers Island, the changes in stop and frisk at the NYPD, and the role of the Public Advocate. Upcoming on December 16th the Center will host a program on the care of the City’s homeless population.

For the past 21 years the Center for New York City Law has provided tens of thousands of people with unbiased coverage of land use and administrative decisions. I ask that you consider financially supporting the Center for New York City Law as part of your yearend contributions. The Center for New York City Law needs financial gifts of $100, $200 or $500 to continue its important work. Your donation will be listed on our Financial Supporters page and the donation will insure that the Center for New York City Law’s publications, events and research web site will continue to flourish.

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Please join us for upcoming Center for New York City Law events. Plans for the spring 2017 include these important topics:

  • The City’s administrative courts where licenses are revoked, fines imposed on businesses and contract claims are adjudicated;
  • The City’s property tax and the procedures before the tribunal that hears challenges to real property assessments;
  • The Building code and land use decisions that affect affordable housing;
  • Conflicts of interest rules and enforcement decisions.
  • The third annual Civic Fame Awards recognizing individual long-term achievements in public service.


Thank you for your support and encouragement. I look forward to greeting you at future Center for New York City Law events at New York Law School.

All the best,

Ross Sandler

Professor of Law

Director, Center for New York City Law

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