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  • View the lease renewal guidelines for rent stabilized apartments and hotels read consumer guides on tenant rights and apartment basics examine fact sheets with useful information for regulated tenants access the Housing Maintenance Code and e-mail housing questions to RGB staff.
  • Access information on current NYC voting issues, get election results, order voter education material, and download and print a voter registration form that can be filled out and mailed to the Board of Elections. You can also find out who your city, state, and federal elected officials are by typing in a street address.
  • The official site of the New York City government, contains links to all city agencies and departments, the mayor's office and other elected officials, and much more.
  • The Department of City Planning provides access to the Web version of the Zoning Resolution of the City of New York.
  • Helps you to find and use the courts in New York State by providing courthouse information, a guide to selecting the right court for a particular problem, lists of court administrators, answers to frequently asked law questions, links to official court system forms, and other useful information.
  • Includes archived decisions of the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court of New York State, from 1990 forward.
  • Discusses Desk Appearance Ticket (DAT) procedures in the criminal justice system primarily in New York City. Offers detailed explanations of what offenses qualify for DATs, what DATs mean, how to hire a lawyer for a DAT, what to do, and more.
  • Lists several borough and county bar associations.

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  • Access recently released New York State court decisions (New York Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court and other courts) that have not yet been edited for publication in the Official Reports, together with an electronic citation for each decision.
  • Obtain biographical and contact information for Assembly Members, search for current bills by number and keyword, obtain full-text legislative reports, and access the New York State Constitution and statutes.
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  • Search through current New York State bills by bill number or by keyword on the Website of the NYS Assembly.
  • Search or browse New York Consolidated Laws on the FindLaw site.
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  • Many of the New York State Court System's decisions are available online. Select a court from the menu listed to search through its decisions.
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  • Browse the Consolidated Laws, Unconsolidated Laws, Court Acts, Assembly Rules, Senate Rules, and the New York State Constitution.
  • Search the current database of NYS legislative bills, summaries, sponsor memos, floor votes, and resolutions on the Website of the NYS Legislature.
  • Obtain biographical and contact information for NYS Senators, search for legislative bills and resolutions by number and keyword, obtain full-text Senate reports, and access the New York State Constitution and statutes.
  • Access useful guides to courts throughout New York State, juror information, court rules, and the future court appearance system to find all pending cases.
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  • From the New York City's Mayor's Office.
  • This Website offers one-stop-shopping for links to legislation, Federal Register Notices, Policy Guidance, and Grant Applications for the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Links to Legislation, Regulations, and Policy Guidance for programs still being implemented under the Improving Americas Schools Act are also on this site.
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  • Contains plain-English definitions for over a thousand legal terms. Browse terms alphabetically or search by keyword.
  • Information on voter registration (including downloadable forms), polling places, dates of elections, how to become a candidate, and how to volunteer as a poll worker, plus much more.
  • Find maps of the City showing the 59 Community Districts & hundreds of neighborhoods. Click on links to access Community District Profiles and statistics.
  • View the Mayor's Management Report and the Preliminary MMR from fiscal year 1997 to the present. These reports provide performance highlights and statistics for NYC agencies.
  • My Neighborhood Statistics lets New York City residents know how City agencies are performing in their neighborhood by viewing locally mapped performance statistics using a street address or intersection.
  • Includes links to the Office of the Mayor, city agencies, business resources, attractions, and events.
  • Lists law libraries throughout New York State which are open to the public.
  • Links to NYS Family Court and Surrogate's Court forms as well as forms for uncontested divorce and name change.
  • Descriptions and current licensing requirements for various occupations in New York State.
  • Provides contact information and complaint forms for consumer disputes.
  • "Online License Verification" allows you to search by name and license number for license verification of individuals in 38 professions. Also includes summaries of Regents Actions on Professional Discipline and "A Consumer's Bill of Rights."
  • Lists useful numbers for seniors to call for help with housing or legal issues.
  • Links to official Websites of cities in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, and New Zealand. Also includes chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, and related sites.
  • The New York Law Reports Style Manual is issued by the Law Reporting Bureau and provides a guide for court opinion writers and editors in five primary areas: citation, abbreviation, capitalization, quotation, and word style.
  • List of formerly used country names.Name changes of countries, dependencies, geographical and other regions of particular geopolitical interest.
  • An FBI publication explaining the complexities of online child exploitation.
  • A pamphlet of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York covering child care and public assistance.
  • This NYS Department of Health Website offers links to "Your Rights as a Hospital Patient in New York State" (available in English and Spanish), a Consumers Guide to Arranging a Funeral, and Before Prepaying Your Funeral, Know Your Rights.
  • Look up a country's Mission to the United Nations.
  • This Library of Congress site provides authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world.
  • Contains "selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria."
  • Background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents.
  • The laws governing the operation of non-public schools are available at this Website. Information provided covers licensing standards, disciplinary actions, tuition reimbursement and disclosure to students.
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  • Lists law libraries in New York City which are open to the public. From The Law Library Association of Greater New York.
  • RPA recommends policy initiatives and physical and human infrastructure investments in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area.
  • The association representing New York City property owners/agents provides links to relevant government agencies and private associations as well as relevant laws.
  • This site, created by the American Bar Association, provides tips for safely shopping online.
  • A directory of state and local bar associations throughout the United States.
  • An alphabetical listing by state with subcategories for statewide offices legislative, judicial and executive branches and cities and counties.
  • Links to the official home pages of U.S. state and local governments.
  • Statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States. Selected international data are also included.
  • Comprehensive, annotated directory of the best resources for statistics on the Web.
  • Covers the most common events and procedures in the Housing Part of the Civil Court of the City of New York, more commonly known as Housing Court.
  • Provides laws, how to organize tenant associations and links to existing associations, as well as New York City's Zoning Handbook.
  • Definitions and explanations of legal terms, phrases, and concepts. Browse terms alphabetically.
  • Free legal forms dealing with subjects such as real estate, corporations, employment, contracts, trusts, wills, law practice management, litigation and related matters.
  • The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (9/11 Commission) offers links to two staffmonographs that provide much more detailed treatment of two important subjects covered by the Commissions statutory mandate: terrorist financing and immigration, border security, and terrorist travel.
  • The Commissions Final Report provides a full and complete account of the circumstances surrounding the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks, including preparedness for and the immediate response to the attacks.
  • The Manhattan Institute is a think tank whose mission is to develop and disseminate new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility.
  • Provides annotated links to substantive sites for U.S. Supreme Court research, including Supreme Court cases, justices, Court administration, history, research guides, Supreme Court practice, news, and commentary.
  • Information about the First Family, the Cabinet, and agencies and commissions. Also provides access to the text of speeches, press releases, briefings, and other documents. Includes an area for children.
  • Access to the full text of House and Senate bills and resolutions from the current and previous sessions of Congress, searchable by keyword and bill number. Includes the full text of the Congressional Record, a daily account of proceedings on the House and Senate floor as well as bill summary and status. Also contains information on how laws are made, along with the full text of the Constitution of the United States.
  • An indispensable tool for legislative research from the Library of Congess, and a companion to Federal material available through the US Government Printing Office. Users can search theCongressional Record, track the status of a bill, access full-text versions of bills, public and private laws, check roll call votes in the House and Senate, as well as look at the schedules ofboth houses and their committees. Thomas has links to other Library of Congress legislative sites and historical documents.
  • A clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government.
  • Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates throughout the world.
  • Information on all Members with links to their home pages. Includes biographical backgrounds, committee assignments, and roll call results.
  • Millions of documentary treasures spanning a century of life in America.
  • Find information on all Senators and links to their home pages. Includes biographical backgrounds, committee assignments, and roll call results.
  • U.S. Census Bureau home page. Censuses of Population and Housing, Economic Censuses and many more statistical sources, both current and historical.

  • The Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. This site permits searching the Code by keyword and also browsing by title and chapter.
  • Find law-school law libraries listed by state. Links to the law schools' Websites, online library catalogs and law journals are provided.
  • Links to the table of contents, abstracts, or full text of law reviews.
  • Developed and maintained by the Board of Elections in the City of New York, this site explains how to register to vote, gives upcoming election dates, locates polling places, and provides candidate lists and other information about New York City elections.
  • An extensive index to online legal resources arranged by topic.
  • Information about how to file a complaint, file a claim to the tuition reimbursement fund, obtain information about cancellation policies and regulations governing private school agents.
  • Browse a country's federal, state, and local government Websites. Also find links to political parties and to general, political, and tourist information.
  • From this sites home page select the Your Action Center tab at the top of the page. This will lead you to many useful articles and resources concerning your rights with regard to medicaid, health insurance plans, hospital emergency treatment under federal law advocacy issues such as when to seek legal advice and how to prepare for a meeting with legal counsel.
  • Search for senior housing developments in New York State, learn about the different types of housing available, and find answers to critical questions regarding housing policies and services.

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