Senator Amedore and Senator Serino Support Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s
Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project
WHITE PLAINS, NY — New York State Senator George Amedore, Jr. (R-District 46) and Senator Sue Serino (R-District 41) have separately secured two $35,000 grants through the New York State Legislature for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV). LSHV is the only provider of comprehensive civil legal services to those that cannot afford an attorney in the seven counties of the lower and mid-Hudson Valley.
The $35,000 grant secured by Senator Amedore will support LSHV’s Veterans and Military Families Advocacy Project (VMFAP) in Ulster County. Approximately 9,700 veterans live in Ulster County.
The $35,000 grant secured by Senator Serino supports the provision of civil legal services to Dutchess and Putnam residents and veterans. Last year, LSHV handled 2,429 cases for residents of Dutchess and 323 cases for residents of Putnam. Dutchess County is home to roughly 16,430 veterans, while an estimated 435 veterans live in Putnam.
The VMFAP provides representation to veterans and their families, including those suffering from trauma, injuries, or facing denial of benefits, eviction, foreclosure or predatory consumer practices. Those who have served their country deserve equal access to justice at home. LSHV honors service members and military families by protecting their rights to the basic necessities of life as guaranteed by law. As of last year, just under 100,000 veterans lived in the Hudson Valley. In 2017, LSHV’s VMFAP attorneys handled 583 cases, impacting more than 1,000 household members. 33% of those cases were related to housing matters, 20% to income maintenance/veterans’ benefits, and 16% to domestic violence and family law.
Speaking of the grant, Senator Amedore said, “Ensuring fairness and justice for our veterans is so important, and I am happy to be able to provide this funding to help continue the great work being done by Legal Services of the Hudson Valley,” said Senator George Amedore. “They provide outstanding services to veterans in Ulster County, and I am proud to support their continued efforts in our community.”
“Our veterans have made tremendous sacrifices on behalf of our community, and our nation, and we have a duty to ensure that they have the resources they need here at home to live their lives to the fullest,” Senator Serino said. “Legal Services of the Hudson Valley is a critical resource that countless local servicemen and women depend on and I am honored to have the opportunity to help them help our vets.”
LSHV’s CEO, Barbara Finkelstein, said “We are so grateful to Senator Amedore and Senator Serino for securing these grants, which will enable us to serve hundreds of Putnam, Dutchess, and Ulster County veterans who have returned from service and are now facing civil legal issues at home.”
About LSHV: Founded in 1967, LSHV is the only provider in the Hudson Valley of free, comprehensive, legal services in civil matters (noncriminal) for individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake. This includes urgent legal needs such as: domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody, etc.), housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), healthcare, children’s law and advocacy, disability and benefits, elder law, consumer fraud and more. In pursuit of this mission, LSHV maintains a staff of 136 individuals, including 82 attorneys and 27 paralegals working across nine offices throughout our service area.
For more information about Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, to volunteer, or contribute, please visit www.lshv.org, or contact Tom Gabriel, Chief Development Officer, at 914-949-1305 ext 160.
Photo (L-R) DSC-0004: Tom Gabriel, LSHV’s Chief Development Officer; NYS Senator George Amedore; Lauren Sheeley, Attorney in Charge of LSHV’s Kingston Office; Adrienne Thiel, LSHV Staff Attorney.