Norman Helps Bloggers Get Press Credentials

Norman Helps Bloggers Get Press Credentials

Last week Norman assisted three bloggers in obtaining press credentials. Below is the media advisory that explains what happened and that the lawsuit is continuing. Norman is co-counsel in this case with Steve Hyman of the law firm McLaughlin & Stern and Scott Warren and Michael Cottler of the Goodwin Proctor law firm. Check the following links for the NYT City Room (1/9/09), Daily News (1/9/09) and the Brooklyn Ron blog 1/10/09.

Media Advisory

January 9, 2009

The New York City Police Department issued press identification cards today to three independent journalists, who had filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of New York City’s system of granting press credentials.

Despite this victory, Plaintiffs Rafael Martinez-Alequin, reporter and editor of New York City Free Press, Ralph E. Smith, a reporter and publisher for, and David Wallis, editor of, will continue the lawsuit against New York City and the New York Police Department, the City agency currently responsible for providing credentials to journalists. In 2007, the NYPD denied the plaintiffs’ applications to renew their press credentials.

“This is an important first step but only a first step. We still need to address the constitutional problems in the system of granting press credentials in New York City that has run amuck and needs to be changed immediately,” said civil rights attorney Norman Siegel, who is one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

The civil rights lawsuit alleges that the policy and practices of the City of New York have resulted in an unconstitutional and unlawful interference with and prevention of news coverage in New York City and beyond, leading to violations of the constitutional rights of freedom of the press and speech of journalists.

For further information contact Norman Siegel at 212-532-7586, Scott Warren at 212-813-8953, or David Wallis at 212-924-2283.

Cocktails and Conversation with Norman on the Upper West Side! Wed. Jan. 21st.

01/21/2009 - 06:30
01/21/2009 - 08:30

Wednesday, January 21st

Cocktails and Conversation with Norman on the Upper West Side!

Where: at the home of Gail Paris & Hank Honig

When: Wednesday, Jan 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Let's continue the celebration with a post-inaugural party! Join us for a conversation with Norman and hear his progressive vision for the office of New York City Public Advocate.

Suggested minimum is $50 +

To win the fight to be the next NYC Public Advocate, we must raise the funds to be competitive. The first $175 donated by each New York City resident is matched 6 to 1 by the New York City Campaign Finance Board matching program. This means that your $175 contribution is actually worth $1,225 to us after the magic of matching! Please be as generous as you can afford.

To RSVP or get more details by email
click here or call 212-448-6271

A Champagne toast to Norman and the New Year!

01/04/2009 - 05:00
01/04/2009 - 07:00

A Champagne toast to Norman and the New Year!

Join us for champagne and hors d' oeuvres and the beautiful city/river views at a benefit cocktail reception.
It will be a wonderful opportunity to meet Norman and hear his progressive vision of how a truly effective Public Advocate's office would make a positive change in the lives of all New Yorkers.

Let's help raise the funds needed to make him the winning candidate! Whether you come as a Guest, Friend, Sponsor, Patron, or Benefactor, please do come and show your support for Norman in his quest to be the next New York City Public Advocate.

Suggested contribution levels: Guest: $50, Advocate: $100, Supporter: $150, Sponsor: $250,
Patron: $500, Benefactor $1000

When: Sunday, Jan 4th
from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Where: At the home of Attorney Bob Ginsberg
275 W. 96th St
New York, NY

You must RSVP to be on the door list

RSVP: call 212-448-6271 or email

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