Legal Services of the Hudson Valley opening office in Rockland

Coming to a civil courtroom in Rockland is Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.

The non-profit legal organization is opening its second-floors doors on Wednesday evening with a reception at 7a Perlman Drive in Spring Valley, between the Spring Valley Marketplace and Pascack Road.

The office marks the eighth one set up by Legal Services, whose history dates 40-plus years. It has offices in Orange and Westchester counties, as well.

From the organization’s news release:

“Since 1967, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley has provided support, advocacy and civil legal representation to poor and low-income families and individuals in Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Rockland Counties,” said Barbara Finkelstein, the agency’s chief executive officer.

“In our 45+ year history, we have been able to provide free non-criminal legal assistance to nearly 300,000 clients,” she says. “Because of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, both New York State and local county governments have saved millions of dollars in taxpayer funds to combat homelessness, abuse, hunger and other societal harms which can result from an absence of affordable justice.”

Legal Services of the Hudson Valley works closely with community organizations, elected officials and other agencies to let the residents of the lower Hudson Valley know they are not alone and will have access to legal representation and support guaranteed by law, she said.

Legal Services is expecting dignitaries at its opening – scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Those invited included the county’s state delegation and Congress members, as well as local lawyers.

The organization will join services like Legal Aid, which also provides representation for the low income people in civil cases, Family Court and on housing issues. Rockland residents strapped for cash and facing criminal charges can get legal representation from the Public Defender’s Office and special 18b panel of private attorneys.