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savings for NYC homeowners

Savings for NYC Homeowners with Moderate or Fixed Incomes

by Amelia Dunnell, Project CoordinatorApril 6, 2018

New York City residents face a high cost of living. In fact, New Yorkers spend up to 39% more on groceries than the average American, eating out can be up to 67% more costly than the national average, and while the average movie ticket in the United States will set you back $8.97, you’d find … Continue reading Savings for NYC Homeowners with Moderate or Fixed Incomes

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Small Business Tax Obligations

CED Unit Tax Series: Part I – NYC Small Business Tax Obligations

by CBJC StaffApril 3, 2018

In an effort to help you better understand what you are responsible to pay as an individual or as a small business owner, the CED Unit is releasing educational resources to guide you through these coming weeks as you prepare to file your taxes for 2017.

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Elisa Alcabes Observes Guantanamo Bay

New to COMAJ, Veterans Assistance Project Lawyer Observes Guantanamo Bay

by Elisa Alcabes, Pro Bono Volunteer and Military Affairs & Justice Committee MemberMarch 5, 2018

I did not expect to visit Guantánamo Bay. It was never on my mind. I did not know that civilian observers have been going to watch the proceedings for several years. I was generally aware of the detention center, the horror stories, and the fact that some detainees were being tried, including those alleged to have planned and carried out the 9/11 attacks.

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Pro Bono Best Practices Panel

by CBJC StaffFebruary 7, 2018

It was a packed room of pro bono professionals at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP today for the Best Practices Session of the City Bar Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services.

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Scaling Up Small Businesses

Scaling Up Small Businesses in New York City

by Cheryl Lopez, Project CoordinatorFebruary 6, 2018

Small businesses have the potential to bolster New York City’s economy by creating jobs and providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to reach economic stability while at the same time making their dreams a reality. According to Small Business First’s report, of the approximately 220,000 businesses located in NYC, 98% are small (fewer than 100 employees) and 89% are very small (fewer than 20 employees).

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USCIS Scheduling Changes

USCIS Announces Misguided Scheduling Changes for Asylum Interviews

by CBJC StaffFebruary 1, 2018

USCIS announced yesterday that as of January 29, 2018, it will process applications in reverse order, giving priority to the most recently filed asylum applications when scheduling asylum interviews (“last in, first out”). It is also discontinuing the Affirmative Asylum Bulletin.

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