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NYS Senate Advances Bill that Would Open Door to Predatory Lending

New Yorkers for Responsible Lending, a statewide coalition of 151 groups, called on the state Senate today to withdraw a bill that would permit check cashers to make usurious small-dollar loans, and would open the door to predatory payday lending, which the state has long prohibited. Read More

Consumer Advocates: FDIC Action Shows RALs are Unsafe and Unsound ()

Consumer advocates at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) applauded the FDIC’s most recent action against Republic Bank & Trust of Kentucky, the last of the refund anticipation loan (RAL) lenders. Read More

Home Mortgage Lending Plummets in Neighborhoods of Color

Access to mortgage refinance loans sharply declined in communities of color – and increased substantially in predominantly white neighborhoods, according to a report released today by a multistate collaboration of regional research, policy and advocacy organizations, including Empire Justice Center.... Read More

Veto of Foreclosure Prevention Services Severs Lifeline for Homeowners

Legal services and housing counseling providers across the state decried Governor Cuomo’s veto of $1.5 million in foreclosure prevention services funding which was put in the budget by the Assembly Majority in a last ditch effort to keep the program alive through the end of the state fiscal year. Read More

Flood of Foreclosures Expected Just as Funding to Help Homeowners Dries Up

New analysis of data from the Federal Reserve of New York shows that the foreclosure crisis in New York is far from over – and without legislative action to provide funding for the state’s “Foreclosure Prevention Services Program,” thousands of homeowners will have little help in saving their homes when foreclosure strikes. Read More

New Rules Kick in for Social Security and SSI on May 1 (National Consumer Law Center)

Beginning May 1, 2011, elders, veterans, and the disabled can rest a bit easier as a new federal rule kicks in that will limit creditors’ ability to seize funds from Social Security, Social Supplemental Income (SSI), VA, and other federal benefits held in bank accounts in favor of direct deposit or prepaid cards Read More

Rochester Consumer Attorney Ruhi Maker Contributes to Federal Commission’s “Financial Crisis Inquiry Report”

Empire Justice Center is pleased to publicly congratulate Ruhi Maker, Senior Attorney in our Rochester office for her contributions to the National Commission on the Causes of the Financial and Economic Crisis in the United States’ final report. Read More

Empire Justice Center Elects Officers and New Board Members

Empire Justice Center is pleased to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. Read More

AARP and Capital Region Nutrition Groups Launch Statewide Campaign to Fight Hunger among Older New Yorkers

During the weeks October 25 and November 1, organizations will be working together to connect older adults to food programs and benefits that can provide access to nutritious food and meals. Read More

The River Runs Dry: Decreased Access to Mortgage Credit in Rochester’s Underserved Neighborhoods

A report released today by the Empire Justice Center in Rochester documents a dramatic decrease in prime mortgage lending made between 2006 and 2008, and highlights that low-income communities and neighborhoods of color were hardest hit by the drop-off in lending. Read More