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OATH Announcements

On Thursday, October 19, 2017, OATH Commissioner & Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, will partner with the Bronx Chamber of Commerce to host the 2nd Annual Building Bridges for Small Businesses free breakfast forum. This event will bring together OATH representatives — as well as representatives from the City’s enforcement agencies that issue summonses and alleged violations — to discuss some of the most commonly issued summonses and notices, how to avoid violating conditions and how to contest summonses at OATH hearings. There will also be a Q&A session. Read the press release and view official event flyer for details and to register.

On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, OATH Commissioner & Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, will co-host an educational event from 6-8PM with NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez at the YM&YWHA (“The Y”) of Washington Heights & Inwood Auditorium. The event will focus on how a resident or a small business can fight or respond to a summons from a NYC enforcement agency or the NYPD that is filed at OATH for a hearing. There will also be a Q&A session when audience members will be able ask questions. The event is being put together in collaboration with United States Congress Member Adriano Espaillat and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, among other elected officials. View the official event flyer. Read about the event in El Diario (here in English) and the Manhattan Times.

To increase New Yorkers’ access to City justice, beginning Tuesday, September 19, 2017 through January 30, 2018, OATH’s Brooklyn Hearing Office will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The full range of OATH Hearings Division services, including walk-in hearings, on-site community service and Help Center assistance will be available during these extra hours of operation. Read the Announcement

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, OATH Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, will partner with NYC Council Member Steve Levin, NYS Assembly Member Joe Lentol, and Community Board 1 of Brooklyn to bring information about how to deal with City-issued summonses to the residents of Brooklyn at the inaugural “OATH School at the Pool” outreach event at McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. View video news coverage from News 12.

On August 16, 2017, OATH continues its five borough Outreach at the Beach initiative, at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk at Sand Lane, South Beach, Staten Island. Senior officials and staff distribute materials about how to fight summonses from City agencies, the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) which made OATH the alternative venue for hearings on certain summonses issued by the NYPD and Parks Department that used to be filed in NYC Criminal Court, and the new community service option that is available for these cases. Read the Press Release and View Photos.

On August 4, 2017, OATH Commissioner Fidel F. Del Valle and City Council Member Fernando Cabrera partner to bring OATH’s CourtESy Program (Court Education for Seniors) to the West Bronx. Commissioner Del Valle will speak to seniors about options for responding to summonses from City agencies and OATH’s convenient hearing methods at the BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center located at 80 East 181st Street Bronx, NY. Read the Press Announcement. Read coverage of the event in the Bronx Free Press.

On July 28, 2017, OATH Commissioner Fidel F. Del Valle and New York State Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj partner to bring OATH’s CourtESy Program (Court Education for Seniors) to the Bronx. Commissioner Del Valle speaks to seniors at the R.A.I.N Boston Road Senior Center.

On July 26, 2017, OATH continued its five borough Outreach at the Beach initiative, this time visiting Orchard Beach in the Bronx. Senior officials and staff distributed materials about how to fight summonses from City agencies, the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) which made OATH the alternative venue for hearings on certain summonses issued by the NYPD and Parks Department that used to be filed in NYC Criminal Court, and the new community service option that is available for these cases. View coverage and an interview with OATH’s Commissioner from News 12 as well as on BRONXNET.

On July 18, 2017, senior officials and staff from the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) held the court’s inaugural Outreach at the Beach event at Rockaway Beach in Queens. Distributed materials informed people of the various ways to deal with the types of summonses that New Yorkers commonly receive at the beach and during the summer months, such as open container summonses, excessive noise summonses and summonses for being in a park after dark. Read the press release and view photos.

On July 12, 2017, Fidel F. Del Valle, OATH Commissioner and Chief Administrative Law Judge and Peter Koo, Council Member for District 20 in Queens, will kick off OATH’s CourtESy Program (Court Education for Seniors) in Queens. They will visit the Nan Shan Senior Center which is an affiliate of the Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC). Commissioner Del Valle will speak to seniors about OATH, the hearing process for property owners who may receive summonses, OATH’s free translation and interpretation services, and how to fight summonses by using OATH’s Hearings by Phone, Hearings Online, Hearings by Mail or Hearings by Webcam. Mandarin and Cantonese interpreters will be present at the event. View news video of the event: OATH助纽约民众打传票 及时处理不留记录

OATH and Elected Officials from Queens announces June 8th informational event for Chinese-American and Korean-American communities.
Read the press release
View news video of the event: OATH助纽约民众打传票 及时处理不留记录

On April 26, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in Upper Manhattan with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Ben Kallos. International and municipal community-based organizations that represent and assist immigrants from Africa are also partnering with OATH on this event. The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency. Commissioner Del Valle will also speak about upcoming changes in how the NYPD handles low-level quality of life summonses a result of the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016. All are welcome to attend. View the event flyer (in PDF)for event details. This event was covered by Afric Vision Network and you can watch the video online.

On March 22, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in Chinatown with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin. The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency. Mandarin and Cantonese translators will be present at the event. All are welcome to attend.
View the event flyer for event details.
Read the press release
Photos of Press Announcement Available on Flickr

On June 23, 2016, Mayor de Blasio signed Executive Order No. 18 transferring the adjudications within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Tribunal of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) to the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).

Mayor de Blasio Signs the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA)
Read an informational brochure about the CJRA to learn how the City's enforcement of low-level offenses will change in 2017. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio Signs Intro 456-A as Part of the City's Outreach and Accessibility Efforts for Small Businesses

De Blasio Administration Announces "Small Business First" To Reduce Regulatory Burden On City's Small Businesses

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Upcoming and Recent OATH Events

On August 2, 2017, OATH continues its five borough Outreach at the Beach initiative, at the Stillwell Avenue entrance to the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn. Senior officials and staff distribute materials about how to fight summonses from City agencies, the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA) which made OATH the alternative venue for hearings on certain summonses issued by the NYPD and Parks Department that used to be filed in NYC Criminal Court, and the new community service option that is available for these cases.

On June 22, 2017 OATH will partner with the Queens Chamber of Commerce to host the 2nd Annual Building Bridges for Small Businesses forum. View this flyer for event details. This event will bring together OATH representatives — as well as representatives from the City’s enforcement agencies that issue summonses and alleged violations — to discuss some of the most commonly issued summonses and notices, how to avoid violating conditions and how to contest summonses at OATH hearings. There will also be a Q&A session. Register for this event.

On May 24, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in the Bronx with Council Member Ritchie Torres. The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency. Commissioner Del Valle will also speak about upcoming changes in how the NYPD handles low-level quality of life summonses a result of the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2016. All are welcome to attend. View the event flyer for event details.

On April 13, 2017 OATH will partner with Council Member Ben Kallos to kick off its CourtESy (Court’s Education for Seniors) Program, with an event at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House on the Upper East Side. OATH’s CourtESy program brings information about OATH and the hearing process directly to NYC’s Senior citizens. The forum will focus on OATH’s Remote Hearing Methods which give recipients of summonses the ability to fight summonses at their convenience and without having to travel to attend the OATH hearing in person. Read about OATH’s Outreach Programs.

On March 22, 2017, OATH will co-host an educational event from 6-8 PM in Chinatown with Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer and Council Member Margaret S. Chin. The event will focus on what to do when a resident or small business is issued a summons from a NYC enforcement agency. Mandarin and Cantonese translators will be present at the event. All are welcome to attend.
View the event flyer for event details

On February 10, 2017 OATH Commissioner & Chief Administrative Law Judge, Fidel F. Del Valle, was the featured speaker at the 140th CityLaw Breakfast.
View the video of the event and Commissioner Del Valle's full remarks.

On February 22, 2017 OATH will host its 2nd Annual Staten Island Building Bridges for Small Businesses event. The event is for small businesses who are interested in learning about how to respond to NYC-issued summonses that they may receive from City enforcement agencies.
View the event flyer for more details and to learn how to register for this event.

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