STATEN ISLAND – The Law Office of Jeffrey Alfano has announced the addition of celebrated trial attorney Ravi Batra as co-counsel to the team prosecuting the challenge to the document destruction provisions of the IDNYC Program. Mr. Batra is doing this work pro-bono. Attorney of record Jeffrey Alfano says, “The addition of Mr. Batra brings a seasoned trial attorney onto the team. In addition, it confirms the bi-partisan nature of this issue. Everyone in New York City knows Mr. Batra’s standing in the Democratic Party.” Petitioners Assemblyman Ron Castorina (R,C,I,Ref-Staten Island) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref-Brooklyn, Staten Island) also welcomed the addition of Mr. Batra to the legal team prosecuting their claim.
“Mr. Batra’s addition to our team, adds not only seasoned trial counsel, but bi-partisanship. Mr. Batra, a stalwart of the Democratic Party, is a passionate force against the use of the IDNYC card for banking purposes in New York. We must unite as New Yorkers from all backgrounds and political parties to fight for the security of our citizenry, no matter their immigration status, and to protect the integrity of financial services here in New York and across the country,” said Assemblyman Castorina.
Assemblywoman Malliotakis echoed Castorina’s statements stating, “The addition of Mr. Batra to our team evidences that our legal action has merit and this issue is one of public welfare, not partisanship. His talents will greatly assist our efforts to stop a government injustice that risks safety, security, and transparency.”
The parties return to Court on January 5, 2017 for a hearing to determine whether the de Blasio Administration has the authority to destroy documents submitted in support of the issuance of IDNYC cards.