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A.G. Schneiderman Secures Agreements With Seven School Districts To Ensure Equal Educational Opportunity For English Language Learners (NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman)

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced agreements with seven school districts in Suffolk and Westchester Counties to expand educational access for limited English proficient students (“English language learners” or “ELLs”). Read More


New at CVS: answers to health insurance questions (Time Union)

The Empire Justice Center, a nonprofit advocate for poor and disabled New Yorkers, will deploy "Ambassadors for Coverage" on five dates at selected CVS locations statewide through mid-February. Read More


CVS partners with NY state on health insurance enrollment (Buffalo Business First)

State officials are launching a year-end blast of information sessions to help get more people signed up for health insurance in 2015, including seven events scheduled in Western New York. Read More


Under local laws, 911 calls turn domestic abuse victims into ‘nuisances’ (Al Jazeera America)

Nuisance ordinances, designed to curb illegal activity in rental properties, punish survivors of violence, critics say Read More


Government and Diverse Community Partners Announce Coordinated Plan to Assist Immigrant New Yorkers to Fully Benefit from New Federal Administrative Relief (New York Immigration Coalition)

New York government representatives, community organizations, legal service providers, business leaders and immigrant leaders announced a multi-level coordination plan to help New York immigrants to fully benefit from President Obama's historic announcement of administrative relief for five million immigrants in the United States. Read More


Events remember transgender lives lost to violence (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Events this week will mark Trans Day of Remembrance, an international event that commemorates transgender individuals who lost their lives to violence because of their identity. Read More


Local Heroes: DREAM Activist Jackeline Saavedra (Long Island Wins)

In spite of the obstacles, Jackeline forged ahead. She says that she wanted to become an attorney since coming to the U.S. because “I saw the injustices my family and other immigrants suffered and I wanted to be a lawyer to challenge them.” Read More


LILAC Conference: Filling in the Gaps to Language Access (Long Island Wins)

The conference, titled, “Filling in the Gaps: Ensuring Language Access and Cultural Competence for Vulnerable Long Islanders,” brought together dozens of advocates, teachers, service providers, and government officials to discuss challenges and devise solutions for helping limited English proficient (LEP) immigrants on Long Island access public services. Read More


NY'ers testify about the need for legal aid servcies (The Legislative Gazette)

The gap in access to legal aid between the wealthy and the poor in New York has significant costs to society, according to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, who presided over the last of four public hearings to discuss the importance of legal aid providers and hear accounts of how legal aid saved the lives of several New Yorkers. Read More


CFPB Takes Action Against M&T Bank for Deceptively Advertising Free Checking (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)

The CFPB found that M&T lured in consumers with promises of “no strings attached” free checking, without disclosing key eligibility requirements. Read More