A 25 year old homeless woman, June B., walked into the Yonkers District Office of Westchester County DSS in February of 2016 seeking her much needed public assistance as she was just evicted after being left alone to fend for herself by her ex-boyfriend. The reason he left the native Michigander, who has no family in NY, was because she became pregnant.
Fast forward to the present: this single, abused mother of a now 10 month old boy still remains homeless with her son…and Commissioner Kevin Maguire is doing nothing about it.
The corruption and fraud behind this lies in the Yonkers District Office headed by Director Leonard Townes, who has also remained in the shadows without comment.
Following suit are the parties responsible for the true crime of fraud and human rights violations: Her public assistance case worker, Rafael Marté, and Beverly Farrington, his unit supervisor.
They were caught on recording by June’s voicemail one fateful day, thinking they had hung up the phone.
June and many people outside of Ms Farrington’s unit thought this was severe, gross negligence being perpetrated by Mr. Marté and Ms Farrington. After over 20 attempts by June to get shelter as a pregnant, abused, single female, she still remains unsuccessful to this day.
What was on the voicemail? Marté And Farrington openly discussing their prejudice towards June and their purposeful withholding of her cash entitlements.
Mr Planamento, the only manager to speak to June, encouraged her to file a fair hearing trial. After months of refiling (3 times) for a fair hearing request, finally she was seen by a NY state judge during the last days of December 2016.
Not only did the judge hear the incriminating voicemail and obviously rule in her favor after being shown the proof of documents, but Farrington and Marté further incriminated themselves by not appearing at the hearing.
However, it is almost April of 2017, and June is still living in a homeless shelter with her growing son. They have no furniture and no privacy, sleeping with other transients.
Mr Townes, Mr Maguire, and indeed the County executive office deputy Mr Oros all heard of June’s case but refuse to meet, speak or reply to her over 20 requests for shelter, money for clothes and diapers, furniture, a crib and a home for her baby.
Mr Robert Astorino’s entire executive branch has failed to comment to numerous inquiries, and not even the human rights commissioner has replied even though the judge ruled Marté and Farrington’s actions illegal and not in accordance with OTDA law and protocol. June’s proof of documentation is simply staggering, and the backrent owed to her for being withheld was never sent by the county, which might have helped this little family through a terribly hard year and holiday season.
June and her son have never shared a holiday or even a proper meal together since they have never known a home. Mr Astorino, can you please explain why you haven’t stopped this human rights violation.
NB: June is currently seeking legal assistance to sue the county, Mr Marté and Ms Farrington for their illegal activities under the auspices of higher officials. She has all documents and recordings, along with the judge’s unadhered to ruling , so if anyone knows of a civil rights attorney please contact the admin/editor. Thank you.
[to the admin/editor, transcript and copies of the fair hearing, where the judge deems Marté and farrington guilty of human rights violations against a newborn child and pregnant mother are available upon request and if June, who wishes to hold onto some privacy by not telling her last name, wants me to upload it, but I will ask her]