By Erica Pearson on Sunday, April 27, 2014
Daily News Chairman and Publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson, Daily News President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Holiber and Daily News Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler will welcome state, city and local officials to launch the annual service.
A host of lawmakers, dignitaries and leaders are set to kick off the 12th annual Daily News/CUNY Citizenship NOW! immigration call-in Monday morning.
Daily News Chairman and Publisher Mortimer B. Zuckerman, CUNY Senior Vice Chancellor Jay Hershenson, News President and Chief Executive Officer William D. Holiber and News Editor-in-Chief Colin Myler will welcome state, city and local officials to help launch the annual service, headquartered at Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in Midtown.
Mayor de Blasio and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer are among those expected to attend Monday.
During this year’s Citizenship NOW! hotline, phones and special lines for the hearing-impaired will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. running through Friday. It’s the largest program of its kind in the nation.
“Information is power. Our aim at the Citizenship NOW! call-in is to empower immigrant New Yorkers,” said attorney Allan Wernick, who runs CUNY’s immigration legal services program and directs the call-in each year.
Wernick, a Baruch College professor, writes a twice-weekly immigration help column in The News.
Hundreds of volunteers — including lawyers, paralegals and law students — will give free, confidential citizenship and immigration information during the hotline’s 2014 run.
They are set to answer phones in English, Spanish, and a long list of other languages.
According to organizers, since the Citizenship NOW! call-in began, volunteers have helped more than 123,000 callers from New York City and around the country.
The call-in numbers for the Citizenship NOW! Immigration hotline are published in The News, online at nydailynews.com and cuny.edu/citizenshipnow/call-in and on WXTV Univision 41.
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