Case: Matter of Fidler v. Doar

13-00450 | New York state trial court

Filed Date: 2013

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Case Summary

http://iola.org/board/Grantee%20Annual%20Report%202012-2013/Legal%20Aid%20Society%202012-13.pdf: In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit theNortheast. The federal government, recognizing thedamage done by Superstorm Sandy, issued a disasterdeclaration which covered the entire New York Cityarea. In response to this disaster, New York Cityapplied for a D-SNAP program. However, theprogram they designed was constitutionallyinadequate. New York City chose to limit access tothis benefit to people livin…

http://iola.org/board/Grantee%20Annual%20Report%202012-2013/Legal%20Aid%20Society%202012-13.pdf:

In October 2012, Superstorm Sandy hit the

Northeast. The federal government, recognizing the

damage done by Superstorm Sandy, issued a disaster

declaration which covered the entire New York City

area. In response to this disaster, New York City

applied for a D-SNAP program. However, the

program they designed was constitutionally

inadequate. New York City chose to limit access to

this benefit to people living in twelve zip codes only,

leaving tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of needy

New Yorkers without access to essential food

assistance. The Society commenced a lawsuit on

behalf of New Yorkers who reside in the excluded

zip codes, ranging from individuals who lost

everything during the storm to those who lost power,

heat and employment for weeks after the storm.

Indeed, these needy New Yorkers are similarly

situated to those residing in the D-SNAP eligible

communities, yet they were denied the

opportunity to apply for a program created to

assist disaster survivors with food purchases

simply because they do not live in the area to

which the City arbitrarily chose to provide

benefits. The lawsuit seeks a court order to require

New York City to create a D-SNAP program that

provides benefits to those harmed by the storm.

This case is now on appeal and involves an

estimated 200,000 individuals who were

prevented from applying for disaster food stamp

benefits.

Eventually the appeal was dismissed: http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=5459955851176068587&q=matter+of+fiddler+v.+doar&hl=en&as_sdt=80000006&as_vis=1

The complaint is here: https://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/119942731?access_key=key-1t7hq6ktnzk3rqxmgxox&allow_share=true&escape=false&view_mode=scroll

A presuit letter is here: http://frac.org/pdf/nyc_council_dsnap_letter.pdf

This will need some researching. Presumably the plaintiffs lost.

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Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Public Benefits/Government Services

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2013