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Empire Justice Center Statement on CFPB Director Cordray Stepping Down

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray has been a beacon for millions of Americans harmed by abusive financial services practices. Read More

Empire Justice Statement on Language Access Additions to the Uniform Residential Loan Application

On October 20, 2017, The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced its decision to add a preferred language question to the redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA) by the end of 2017. Read More

Joint Press Statement: Governor Signs Law Ensuring Access to Health Records for Those in Need

In a huge win for disabled New Yorkers, a bill (A7842/S6078) that will streamline the process for thousands of New Yorkers needing to obtain their own health records has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on DACA Repeal

Empire Justice Center's statement on the repeal of DACA. It is now up to Congress to do what is necessary and right – pass a measure to protect our young people. Read More

Empire Justice Center Statement on Governor Cuomo's Hate and Human Rights Laws Expansion

The horrifying events that transpired in Charlottesville this past weekend showed us all that we have a long road ahead of us to reach a place where hate has no home in our hearts. We all have a responsibility to stand for what it right. Read More

Empire Justice Stands with Immigrants & Their Families

Empire Justice Center is proud to be one of more than 180 organizations across the country to stand up and speak out against the completely un-American attack on immigrants proposed by Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), and championed by President Donald Trump. Read More

Empire Justice Center Condemns Trump Administration Assaults on LGBT Rights

A statement from Empire Justice Center on the Trump Administration's continued assaults on LGBT Rights. Read More

Empire Justice Statement on New FHFA Rules.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency issued a rule requiring Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Banks, and the Office of Finance to adopt plans that promote inclusion. These entities will also have to develop policies that address reasonable accommodations for employees to observe their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: 2017 Legislative Session

Empire Justice Center achieved one notable win that will have a huge impact on disabled New Yorker’s access to disability benefits, but were keenly disappointed by being unable to get legislation that would allow victims of wage theft to get paid what they are owed, and a bill that would have ensured that crime and domestic violence victims’ right to call 911 is not impeded in communities where there are local nuisance ordinances, passed in the Senate. We came so close. It’s a shame New Yorkers will be without these critical protections until 2018. Read More

Empire Justice Press Release: Senate Can Pass S.405 Today or Tomorrow to Solve the Nuisance Ordinance Problem

Senator Robach’s bill, S.405, which has already passed the Assembly and is in the Senate Rules Committee would fix the constitutional problem by creating a statewide exemption in these laws for crime victims, including domestic violence victims, so that it is clear that they will not be penalized if they call 911 for help. Read More