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Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of Gerald Joseph for crashing a car while driving under the influence of alcohol, killing his passenger, 17-year-old Shareef Bellerand. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Manslaughter and Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degrees.

DA Vance announced the indictment of Regina Lewis, a/k/a Regina Zlotina, for stealing approximately $195,000 in Hurricane Sandy aid by submitting false documentation and altering case files in her role as a Disaster Case Manager. The indictment also charges Charles Murray, Ella Zlotina, Joal Livingston, Jamie Hughes, and Christine Clover with cashing checks for the stolen funds and depositing the checks into their personal bank accounts. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Second, Third, and Fourth Degrees, and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said Tuesday it would no longer ask that judges set bail for people accused of most misdemeanors...“When non-violent New Yorkers are jailed as a function of their inability to pay, we perpetuate inequality and mass incarceration, and bring about unnecessary immigration, employment and family consequences,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said in a statement.

Manhattan DA Vance and Brooklyn DA Gonzalez announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary incarceration in the justice system. Beginning today, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will no longer request that bail be set in most misdemeanor and violation cases. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office implemented its policy in April 2017. 

Wage theft is a virus that plagues the construction industry and is infecting even average New Yorkers, unknown to them. Chances are you or someone you know has worked in construction, a vital industry in New York City that employs roughly 145,000 people. It’s also possible that you or someone you know has fallen victim to wage theft. (Read the full op-ed by Joseph Geiger)