DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

April 13, 2021 // 0 Comments

COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of age. * Employees are granted 4 hours [More...]

APRIL NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

March 29, 2021 // 0 Comments

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES COVID-19 VACCINES LET DC 37 BOOK YOUR COVID-19 VACCINE APPOINTMENTS: DC 37 can help you book your COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Please fill out this form and a DC 37 representative will call you to book your appointment. What you need to know: * To confirm eligibility, you can check nyc.gov/covidvaccinedistribution. * Proof of eligibility required: 1. Members who are eligible by virtue of job function must bring proof of employment. This can include an employee ID card, a letter from an employer or affiliated organization, or a pay stub. 2. Members who are eligible by virtue of underlying conditions or comorbidities will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and will be asked to attest to their condition during the scheduling process. 3. Members who are eligible by virtue of age will be asked to provide proof of NYC residence and proof of [More...]

MELS HOUSING WEBINAR TONIGHT MARCH 16, at 5:30 to 7 PM

March 16, 2021 // 0 Comments

Learn how NYC Rent Freeze Programs will affect you. MELS housing experts and lawyers will explain rent law changes and programs such as Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, Disability Rent Increase Exemption, the online application process, updates for NYC Tenants COVID-19 Eviction Restrictions, filing a Tenant Declaration, and more. Register at www.dc37mels.com to get a Meeting ID by e-mail. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email: MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net ### SAVE the DATES for these two upcoming MELS events: The MELS Housing Discrimination webinar with the NYC Commission on Human Rights on April 14 @ 5:30 p.m. Register at www.DC37MELS.comMELS webinar on Bankruptcy – An Opportunity For A Fresh Start, on April 28 @ 5:30 p.m.Register at www.DC37MELS.com. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 [More...]

NEWS, UPCOMING EVENTS and SERVICES

March 8, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY March 8: The Red Carpet for Justice Coalition and DC 37 needs your support for a campaign to get New York State to recognize International Women’s Day March 8 as a state holiday. Please add your name to our effort and sign the petition here: https://bit.ly/300HwVz. #IWD2021 #InternationalWomensDay ###   GET VACCINATED, AFSCME: As AFSCME members, we value our neighbors’ health and safety the same as our own. That means we have to show the way on the COVID-19 vaccine. Because this virus is so dangerous and contagious, we have an obligation to get vaccinated. That’s how we protect one another, and how we get to gather with friends and relatives again without fear. It’s been such a brutal year, but AFSCME and DC 37 have led every step of the way. Together, we will crush this virus and get back to normal. Be a hero – [More...]

Three MELS Webinars on Taxes and Divorce Now Online; Citizenship Webinar Held

March 4, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS More than 1,200 members watched three virtual MELS webinars in February and March and two  are now available online.  “The pandemic has increased the need for the legal services we provide our members,” said Bill Whalen, chief counsel and director of DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services. “We are seeing successful turnouts for the virtual webinars we’ve held to help our members with their 2020 taxes and free tax prep and matrimonial law. DC 37 continues to anticipate members’ needs in order to provide services they can really use.” TAX TIPS The Jan. 27 MELS Tax Tips live event watched by 280 DC 37 members and retirees featured MELS Co-Supervising Attorney Shelly Barasch, who is also an accountant. He explained what’s new for tax year 2020, filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and more. View the video [More...]

Two MELS Webinars on Taxes, Divorce Now Online

February 23, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS More than 800 DC 37 members watched two virtual MELS webinars in February that are now available online.  “The pandemic has increased the need for the legal services we provide our members,” said Bill Whalen, chief counsel and director of DC 37 Municipal Employees Legal Services. “We are seeing successful turnouts for the virtual webinars we’ve held to help our members with their 2020 taxes and free tax prep and matrimonial law. DC 37 continues to anticipate members’ needs in order to provide services they can really use.” TAX TIPS The Jan. 27 MELS Tax Tips live event had 280 DC 37 members and retirees watch MELS Co-Supervising Attorney Shelly Barasch, who is also an accountant, explain what’s new for tax year 2020, filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and more. View the video or view the slide show, here: MELS Tax Tips [More...]

MELS UPDATE: STUDENT LOAN FORBEARANCE EXTENSION

February 3, 2021 // 0 Comments

By BILL WHALEN, MELS Director and Chief Counsel Within moments of taking office, President Joe Biden extended the student loan payment forbearance created under the CARES Act to September 30, 2021. The forbearance period started in March 2020, and was set to expire on January 31, 2021.   Borrowers with direct federal student loans in repayment continue to be excused from making their regular monthly payments; During the forbearance no interest and no penalties will accrue; and  Involuntary collection activity (wage garnishment; federal tax seizures, social security reductions) remain suspended. Further:  Borrowers do have the option of making voluntary principal balance payments. Borrowers in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program will continue to receive credit for their monthly payments regardless of whether their payments are made. However, all other PSLF program [More...]

FEBRUARY NEWS and UPCOMING EVENTS

February 2, 2021 // 0 Comments

POLITICAL ACTION The DC 37 Political Action Committee Meeting will host a virtual meet and greet with NYC Comptroller candidates on Thurs. Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. Register for this members only event here:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsd-isqDMoH9DdX6Asddox-19K6uYPeRGw ###   SPECIAL ELECTION FEB. 23 DC 37 endorsed Selvena Brooks-Powers for City Council 31st District to represent the communities of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. Can you volunteer to help get out the vote? Please call the Political Action Department at 212 815-1550 to volunteer for our virtual phone banks or sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdFCmWoi7g1LvznWlBbM2SDx9g3qBGNtLbPJn8mHa8vTvxFWg/viewform ###   MELS  MATRIMONIAL WEBINAR on FEB. 18, 5:30 PM Are you considering getting a divorce? The union’s team of legal experts [More...]

MELS Tax Webinar Online Now, Free Tax Prep Starts Feb. 1

January 28, 2021 // 0 Comments

By DIANE S. WILLIAMS The MELS Tax Tips Webinar video and PowerPoint slide show are now available online.  “We had a successful turnout for this virtual webinar to help our members with their 2020 taxes,” said MELS Chief Counsel Bill Whalen. “The union continues to anticipate members’ needs in order to provide services they can really use.” The Jan. 27 MELS Tax Tips live event had 280 DC 37 members and retirees log on to watch MELS Co-Supervising Attorney Shelly Barasch, who is also an accountant, explain what’s new for tax year 2020, such as what’s income, what’s not? Barasch also discussed filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and more.   To watch the video or view the slide show, please click here: MELS Tax Tips webinar video replay:  http://bit.ly/3a4JtVCMELS Tax Tips webinar slides:  http://bit.ly/3qXdvkT Starting Feb. 1, Food [More...]

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: MELS TAX WORKSHOP, POETRY with POTUS JOE BIDEN 

January 26, 2021 // 0 Comments

MELS TAX WORKSHOP on WED. JAN. 27, 5:30 to 7 P.M.  The MELS Tax Tips webinar is Wed., Jan. 27 at 5:30. The union’s team of legal experts can help you understand tax preparation for 2020. What’s income, what’s not? Filing status, standard and itemized deductions, tax credits and other tax prep tips. Join the webinar Jan. 27,  5:30 to 7 p.m. Register atwww.dc37mels.com to receive the Meeting ID e-mail before the event. For more information, call the MELS Screening Unit at 212 815-1111 or email MELSscreeningunit@dc37.net  ###  POETRY in AMERICA  THOSE WINTER SUNDAYS Join a night of poetry with POTUS Joe Biden, Bill Murray, and DC 37 Local 3621 EMS Capt. Anthony Almojera for a free performance on Wednesday Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Register here: [More...]