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Two CMS Staffers Speak at Queens Housing Coalition Meeting

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Two CMS staffers–Ivan Contreras, Queens Housing Coalition (QHC) Coordinator, and Rebecca Rybaltowski, Línea Laboral Operator–gave presentations at the Queens Housing Coalition’ monthly meeting in October.

Ivan Contreras presenting information to attendees about the Queens Housing Coalition’s stance on Mayor Bloomberg’s development plan for Willets Point.

During his presentation, Ivan discussed Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to redevelop Willets Point, a neighborhood near Corona, Queens. The Queens Housing Coalition has been campaigning to ensure that construction of affordable housing remains part of this plan.

Rebecca gave a presentation about Línea Laboral, Catholic Migration Services’ free employment rights hotline. She discussed worker’s rights with regard to minimum wage, overtime, and health and safety conditions in the workplace. She also discussed the services that Línea Laboral provides, particularly in filing complaints with the U.S. and New York State Departments of Labor.

Rebecca Rybaltowski presenting information to attendees on our employment legal services and Linea Laboral (Labor Line).

CMS also provided a services table for QHC members interested in our immigration and employment services, as well as a legal clinic for those with housing issues.

Megan Helbling, Kimberley Kearns, and Rebecca Rybaltowski at the Catholic Migration Services information table

Joshua Butnick and Kenny Minaya at the Housing Legal Services information table.

Article and photos by Kimberley Kearns, Public Ally/Capacity-Building Specialist.