Striving to empower those around her, Yetta’s long history of activism includes community based initiatives, as well as work through both judicial and legislative channels to advocate for civil rights, education, arts and culture, affordable housing, employment rights and health care issues.
Yetta Kurland has strong roots in the community, and has been a leader in the field of education, becoming a teacher and founding a language arts school in her early twenties.
As a tenant rights activist, Yetta has worked on creating sustainable and affordable housing solutions for New Yorkers, and has defended tenants in eviction proceedings to protect their rent stabilized and rent controlled homes.
As a civil rights attorney, Yetta has worked to provide legal services to underrepresented communities. She has fought tirelessly to protect workers in both private companies as well as those working for the City of New York. Yetta is representing individuals wrongfully arrested during Occupy Wall Street protests and has recently won a major victory for several female FDNY EMS workers who alleged unfair promotional practices. She has also settled a suit against a City hospital for failure to provide proper medical care.
Yetta Kurland has worked on a city and state level to help legislate on important issues such as safety and education as well as constitutional issues such as the rights to assemble, freedom of speech, and the right to due process.
A resident of the New York City Council’s Third District for almost 15 years, Yetta lives in Chelsea with her two Italian Greyhounds, Sal and Luca.
Yetta Kurland has proven herself to be a compassionate leader and an independent thinker. She is a champion of the underrepresented.
State of New York
District of Columbia
Southern District of New York
Eastern District of New York
Second Circuit Court of Appeals.