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FYI: As a state appellate court drags its feet on deciding whether the Bloomberg administration can legally penalize homeless adults for failing to follow rules in the shelter system, a couple dozen City Council members yesterday began trying to nudge the reluctant Department of Homeless Services to negotiate a settlement. In February, the city’s attorneys argued in an appeal of Callahan v. Carey that DHS should be able to ban from the shelters for at least 30 days any client who endangers other shelter residents. While the city was willing to settle a few months ago on a similar case involving homeless families, it has been reluctant to sit at the bargaining table with the Coalition for the Homeless, the plaintiffs in Callahan. The group of Council members, led by Bill de Blasio, proposed a resolution yesterday that would urge DHS in that direction. [5/29/03]

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