‘Sorry, we’re closed’: Manhattan elected officials demand reopening of Midtown Community Court

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Standing outside the Midtown Community Court (MCC) on West 54th Street on Friday, state Senator Brad Hoylman, alongside elected officials and community representatives demanded the NYS Office of Court Administration (OCA) fully reopen the Midtown Community Court (MCC).

Established by the Center for Court Innovation and OCS in 1993 and one of the nation’s first community courts, the MCC provides alternative sentencing instead of fines and jail time. However, during most of the COVID-19 pandemic, MCC was closed for in-person proceedings. The court reopened in March 2022 for one day a week, and elected officials and community representatives argue that one day is insufficient to address Midtown’s quality of life issues.

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