IN RE: SANTIAGO-MONTEVERDE (SANTIAGO-MONTEVERDE v PEREIRA):
By order entered March 31, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit certified the following question to this Court:
"Whether a debtor-tenant possesses a property interest in the protected value of her rent-stabilized lease that may be exempted from her bankruptcy estate pursuant to New York State Debtor and Creditor Law Section 282(2) as a 'local public assistance benefit'?"
On May 13, 2014, the Court accepted the certified question. The case is being briefed, and has been set for argument on October 14, 2014.