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Property Levies and First and Second Stage Income Executions Suspended Until Further Notice 
After consultation with the Civil Court, DOI has directed all City Marshals to suspend service of property levies and first and second stage income executions immediately and until further notice. This directive does not require City Marshals to suspend previously served property levies or income executions due to their ongoing nature. 

Click here to read DOI's directive to City Marshals

Commercial and Residential Evictions Suspended Indefinitely 
On March 13, 2020, DOI notified all City marshals that residential evictions were suspended for one week, from March 16 through March 20, 2020. On March 16, 2020, DOI notified all City marshals that, “all eviction proceedings are suspended indefinitely,” and a copy of the New York State Unified Court System Memorandum, dated March 15, 2020, (click here to read the memo) that called for the suspension, was included in the broadcast email. 

Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI’s Bureau of City Marshals at (212) 825-5953. 

City Marshals are appointed by the Mayor for five year terms. At the time of appointment and during his or her term of office, a City Marshal must reside in the City of New York or in the Counties of Nassau, Westchester, Suffolk, Orange, Rockland or Putnam. By law, no more than 83 City Marshals shall be appointed by a mayor. Marshals primarily enforce orders from Civil Court cases, including collecting on judgments, towing, seizing utility meters and carrying out evictions. Marshals collectively perform approximately 25,000 evictions per year. Marshals are regulated by DOI but, unlike the City Sheriff, they are not City employees. Marshals collect fees, which are set by statute, from the private litigants whose judgments they enforce, and they also retain five percent of any money they collect on judgments. Marshals must pay an annual assessment to the City consisting of $1,500 plus 4.5% of their gross income.

In October 2015, Mayor de Blasio appointed new members to the Mayor's Committee on City Marshals, which was established by state law and an Executive Order issued in 1980. The Committee establishes qualification criteria for Marshal candidates and identifies and recommends Marshal candidates for appointment and reappointment by the Mayor. The Mayor may appoint as Marshals only those candidates recommended by this committee.   

List of New York City Marshals
New York City Marshals Handbook
Frequently Asked Questions About Marshals and Evictions
Citywide Performance Reporting (CPR)
Frequently Asked Questions About Marshals and Judgments
Become a City Marshal
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