In Albany, the New York State Court System is partnering with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) to build and coordinate a statewide pro bono network of lawyers to handle an expected surge in legal matters resulting from the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing economic fallout. As a first step, the courts and NYSBA will convene meetings of New York’s local and affinity bar associations, large law firms, the deans of New York’s 15 law schools the heads of law school clinics, institutional providers of legal services, and others for the purpose of assembling a statewide network of pro bono lawyers that can be rapidly dispatched to help those in need of legal assistance and unable to afford a lawyer, according to a press release. For more information or to volunteer, visit the NYSBA website at https://nysba.org/.
In Johnstown, Advanced Cleaning and Restoration Services donated individual first aid kits with tourniquets to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. The kits, which were delivered in March and distributed to each road patrol deputy and investigator, are necessary life-saving equipment. They will replace 5-year-old kits that Fulton County didn’t allocate money to replace. To purchase the kits, the cleaning company — whose team included Bryon Flood, Elizabeth Mendetta, Gerri Bornt, Lori Kucel, Dylan Flood and Debbie Stewart — hosted a chicken barbecue fundraiser in October (before the covid crisis) and raised more than $2,300. Sheriff Richard Giardino expressed thanks to the company and all who attended the barbecue for their generosity.
In Fort Edward, a local paper company is helping feed poor school children by donating 280 cases of French fries to local school backpack programs. Irving Tissue has donated the fries to the Fort Edward, Indian Lake, Mechanicville, Queensbury, Hartford, Bolton, Whitehall, Abraham Wing, Warrensburg, Salem, Minerva, Cambridge, Schuylerville, South Glens Falls, Corinth, Greenwich, Hadley-Luzerne, Fort Ann and the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES.
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